South Asians With Family History of Heart Diseases May Be At Higher Risk of Developing Heart Ailments

South Asians with a family history of heart disease are three times more likely to develop heart ailments, according to a latest study.

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South Asians with a family history of coronary heart diseases could be at a higher risk of encountering strokes, attacks and other heart ailments, suggests a new study. Those of Indian origin are also on the radar of risk, according to the scientists. The study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging, revealed that the accumulation of calcium in the arteries of the heart after plaque builds up calcifies over time. Researchers found that South Asians with a family history of heart disease were three times more likely to have calcium levels above 300 in the heart's arteries.

Researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the US also noted that this level is likely to increase the risk of a serious coronary event to 10 per cent, 15 per cent, or more, adding that family history may be a more important predictor for South Asians than for other ethnic groups.

"A CT scan to check for coronary artery calcium may be an important test for South Asians whose parents, siblings, or children have coronary artery disease," said Parag Joshi, a preventive cardiologist at UT Southwestern.

"The main take-home lesson here is that family history is a meaningful and inexpensive diagnostic indicator for assessing cardiovascular disease risk in South Asians," he added.

While any severe heart condition calls for immediate medical intervention, certain dietary tweaks, and physical activity may also go a long way in keeping your heart healthy.

Here are some heart-friendly foods that you must include in your diet -

1. Oats

Oats are said to contain a type of fiber that helps to bind bile acids and expel them from the body. These bile acids are made from cholesterol. Oats are effective in lowering the cholesterol levels in our body. They are also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids.

2. Nuts

Munching on a handful of nuts may do wonders for your heart. A handful of almonds, walnuts and many more nuts can play a significant role in promoting heart health. These nuts have high amounts of unsaturated fats, which is good for the heart as it helps in reducing inflammation of the arteries.

3. Berries

 Berries are packed with antioxidants and help to significantly reduce blood pressure. They also boost the good HDL or good cholesterol levels. Berries are rich sources of photo-chemicals which are a powerful tool to aid smoother blood flow and to fight serious ailments.

4. Legumes

Legumes are great for the heart and have antioxidants, proteins and fiber. They are also a great source to get your folate requirement from.

5. Salmon

The cold-water fish boasts of abundant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are great to promote a healthy heart. Salmon also boasts of great amounts of omega 3. A rich source of easily digestible protein, salmon aides in strengthening the heart muscles.

(Inputs PTI)


 

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