Heart & Vascular Program

Heart Health

Risk Factors: Ethnicity

There is increasing evidence that a person's ethnic background influences their risk of heart disease. This is certainly felt to be true in people of South Asian or First Nations origin. Some groups of people may actually have a lower risk of heart disease than others, but paying attention to traditional risk factors is still important. If you are of South Asian or First Nations decent, you may need to pay even more attention to reducing your risk.