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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58-62

Preventing coronary heart disease risk of slum dwelling residents in India

Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Science, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

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Lipi Dhar
School of Pharmacy, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia - 6102
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.130278

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Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the top cause of mortality and morbidity in India. People in slums are generally at a higher risk for CHD than Indians living in more affluent areas mostly because of the higher prevalence of major CHD risk factors such as uncontrolled hypertension and tobacco use amongst them. Knowing their CHD risk perceptions and bringing them into line with the actual CHD risk is a prerequisite for effective CHD risk management. Consequently, there is need to develop tailored interventions focusing medication management and tobacco cessation to reduce growing CHD epidemic among slum dwellers and long-term CHD burden in India.

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