Indians have narrower blood vessels – international expert

Chris Bateman


South African Indians (originally migrants from South Asia) have the highest rates of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in the country – and a fascinating contributor may be that their blood vessels are narrower than those of other race groups. Coronary angiograms and postmortem studies reveal this little known fact, according to Dr Alexander T Cohen, honorary consultant vascular physician at Kings College Hospital in London, who cautioned that the high diabetes rates were primarily responsible for the cardiovascular elevation.

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Chris Bateman, HMPG

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Venous Thromboembolism, oral therapy, blood vessels

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South African Medical Journal 2012;102(12):906. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.6465

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Date submitted: 2012-11-01
Date published: 2012-11-08

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