South Asian Americans — people with roots in Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives — have a disproportionately higher risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular ailments.
ADADA 2018 study for the American Heart Association found South Asian Americans are more likely to die of coronary heart disease than other Asian Americans and non-Hispanic White Americans.
Some South Asian Americans are vegetarians, although it’s often a grain-heavy diet reliant on rice and flatbread.
In the San Francisco Bay area, El Camino Hospital’s South Asian Heart Center is one of the nation’s leading centers for educating the community.
Its three locations are not far from Silicon Valley tech giants, which employ many South Asian Americans.