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South Asian Heart Center Plans Expansion to South San Jose

Last Updated 7/11/2014 7:39:07 PM


Due to a combination of genetics, behavior, and environmental factors, people who trace their origins to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, or Nepal are at four times higher risk for heart disease and diabetes than other ethnic populations. Approximately 390,000 South Asians live in the Bay Area, of whom 51,000 are Santa Clara and Alameda County residents in the age group at highest risk. To date, the South Asian Heart Center has screened 7.3% of them, primarily in the El Camino Healthcare District, where it is based.

In order to bring its AIM to Prevent™ risk reduction program to more people, the South Asian Heart Center plans to open a branch in the Almaden Valley area of San Jose in summer/fall of 2014. As in Mountain View, the satellite center will be staffed Monday through Friday, providing a convenient place for local residents to undergo risk assessment screenings and receive follow-up counseling and coaching.

A staggering 60% of the world’s coronary artery disease is suffered by South Asians, who make up only 17% of the global population. The routine exams and conventional testing used by most physicians fail to reliably predict and prevent it. By bringing its unique, personalized, evidence-based approach to Almaden Valley, the South Asian Heart Center will reach more people at risk, helping to keep the community healthier, preventing heart attacks from prematurely ending promising, young lives, and ameliorating the misery they cause untold families.

If you would like to learn more about the South Asian Heart Center's expansion plans and how you can help, please contact Nivisha Mehta, philanthropy officer, at 650-940-7154 or download A Special Initiative for the South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital.

A staggering 60% of the world’s coronary artery disease is suffered by South Asians, who make up only 17% of the global population. The routine exams and conventional testing used by most physicians fail to reliably predict and prevent it.

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