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Are immigrants at risk of heart disease in Australia? A systematic review

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posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by J Dassanayake, S C Dharmage, L Gurrin, V Sundararajan, Warren PayneWarren Payne
We systematically reviewed the peer-reviewed literature to establish the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among immigrants in Australia and whether being an immigrant is a CVD risk factor. Of 23 studies identified, 12 were included. Higher prevalence of CVD was found among Middle Eastern, South Asian and some European immigrants. Higher prevalence of CVD risk factors was found among Middle Eastern and Southern European immigrants. Higher alcohol consumption was found among immigrants from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Smoking and physical inactivity were highly prevalent among most immigrants.

History

Journal

Australian Health Review

Volume

33

Issue

3

Pagination

479 - 491

ISSN

0156-5788

eISSN

1449-8944