In a PowerPoint presentation, which you can view or download using the link below, we look at heart disease – the world’s number 1 killer disease. The presentation considers:

  • Causes of heart disease
  • Symptoms of heart disease
  • Particular risks for people from South Asian backgrounds (Indian people, for example, have genetic characteristics that put them at 6 times greater risk than Chinese people, and 20 times that of Japanese people. The disease also tends to occur 5 to 10 years earlier than in other races, and its effects are more severe.)
  • Preventative measures
  • Lifestyle issues

Factors that affect the level of risk include:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Obesity
  • Diet
  • Diabetes
  • Physical inactivity
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels

The presentation can be viewed and downloaded here.