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Cardiovascular disease risk of immigrants: what is the evidence and where are the gaps?

Dassanayake, Jayantha, Gurrin, Lyle, Payne, Warren, Sundararajan, Vijaya and Dharmage, Shyamali C (2010) Cardiovascular disease risk of immigrants: what is the evidence and where are the gaps? Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 23. pp. 882-895. ISSN 1941-2479

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Objectives: This study systematically reviewed the peer-reviewed literature to establish morbidity and mortality from myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke among immigrant populations. Methods: The review considered only studies published between 1986 and 2008 that provided data on MI or stroke morbidity/mortality among first-generation immigrants. A prespecified search strategy identified 58studies for possible inclusion.Of these, 12 met the inclusion criteria. Results: Immigrant MI mortality and morbidity varied by host country with no consistent pattern from one country or region. However, there was an overall trend for increasing risk of MI among immigrants worldwide. Chinese and African immigrants had consistently higher stroke mortality. Conclusion: MI and stroke incidence and prevalence among first-generation immigrants are related to both genetic and environmental factors, but the relative contribution of each is unclear. Prospective studies are needed to identify genetic and behavioral characteristics associated with stroke among Chinese immigrant populations

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID20485, ResPubID23670
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Other
SEO Classification > 9299 Other Health
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2011 13:55
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2012 06:14
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