New risk factors for coronary heart disease in Asia
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AbstractThe increasing prevalence of traditional atherosclerotic risk factors have been documented in Asia but the real impact on prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD) remains unclear. Smoking, hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, diabetes mellitus and obesity are present in only 508 of CHD. In community studies of Chinese in Hong Kong and southern mainland-China aging, smoking and hypercholesterolaemia were found to have a less impact on endothelial function in the Chinese compared with Caucasians in London and Sydney. As endothelial dysfunction is an early event in atherogenesis, there will be a strong need to search for newer risk factors for CHD in Asia, which may become more important in many Asian countries now in the process of modernization. Recently, heterozygous hyperhomocysteinaemia (with or without folate deficiency) was found to be an independent risk factor for arterial endothelial dysfunction, and hyperhomocysteinaemia in association with smoking was a significant risk factor for premature coronary heart disease in Hong Kong Chinese. Other newer factors which have emerged include folate deficiency, low HDL-cholesterol, insulin resistance, abdominal obesity, Methylene-tetrahydrofolate Reductase and Angiotensin Converting Enzyme gene polymorphism. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.
All Author(s) ListWoo KS, Chook P, Young RP, Sanderson JE
Name of ConferenceAsian Pacific Cardiovascular Update 1997 Symposium on the 21st Century Approach
Start Date of Conference05/06/1997
End Date of Conference06/06/1997
Place of ConferenceHONG KONG
Journal nameInternational Journal of Cardiology
Volume Number62
PagesS39 - S42
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsAsia; coronary heart disease; risk factors
Web of Science Subject CategoriesCardiac & Cardiovascular Systems; CARDIAC & CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS; Cardiovascular System & Cardiology

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