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Culturally tailored health camps and cardiovascular risk among South Asian immigrants

TitleCulturally tailored health camps and cardiovascular risk among South Asian immigrants
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsGany, F, Levy, A, Basu, P, Misra, S, Silberstein, J, Bari, S, Gill, P, Keller, N, Changrani, J, Leng, JC
JournalJ Health Care Poor UnderservedJ Health Care Poor Underserved
Date PublishedMay
ISBN Number1548-6869 (Electronic)<br/>1049-2089 (Linking)
Accession Number22643611
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Aged, Asia/ethnology, Cardiovascular Diseases/ ethnology/ etiology, Cultural Competency, Emigrants and Immigrants, Female, Health Education/ methods, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Risk Reduction Behavior, United States, Young Adult
AbstractINTRODUCTION: South Asians have a high prevalence and early age of onset of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). We assess the potential of a culturally responsive intervention, health camps, to identify and inform U.S. South Asian community members at risk for CVD. METHODS: We held four culturally and linguistically tailored health camps between October 2009 and November 2010 to educate participants about and screen for CVD risk factors, including diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia. Data analysis was conducted in December 2010. RESULTS: Nearly 300 (289) South Asians registered at the health camps: 20% reported a previous diagnosis of diabetes, 34% elevated blood pressure, and 22% hypercholesterolemia. Most (240) participants had their blood glucose measured; 13% had values >200 mg/dl. Most (265) had their blood pressure measured; 32% had elevated values. Over half (57%) of LDLs were