Working with different ethnicities
can help you to support people in the South Asian and African
Caribbean communities to reduce their risk of getting heart
disease, and change their lifestyles to look after their heart
Ethnic groups at risk
People from some Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups are more
likely to get coronary heart disease than the rest of the UK
population. Statistics show that in the UK:
- coronary heart disease rates are the highest in South
- stroke rates are the highest in people with
an African Caribbean background
- you have a higher risk of developing high
blood pressure if you are from an African
Caribbean background than all the ethnic groups in the
- the prevalence of type-2 diabetes for
people of African Caribbean and
South Asian ethnicity is much
higher than in the rest of the population.
We have a wide range of booklets and DVDs available for the
South Asian community on how to
reduce the risk of heart disease and manage heart
conditions in six different languages: Bengali,
Punjabi, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu and English.
We also have information for people from an African
Caribbean background; including our Traditional foods and
healthy dishes recipe book which includes healthy variations of
familiar recipes from across the Caribbean.
Order our free
Visit our ethnicity web pages to find out about
the risks, and small lifestyle changes that be
made to reduce them.
South Asian communities
We promote awareness of the increased risk of
heart disease due to ethnicity and support healthy lifestyle habits
with South Asian communities in places of worship, community
centres and at
around the UK.
African Caribbean communities
We raise awareness of their increased risk of
strokes and diabetes within African Caribbean communities.