Your ethnicity and heart disease

Your ethnic background can increase your risk of developing heart and circulatory diseases.

For people with a South Asian or African Caribbean background, the risk of heart and circulatory diseases can be higher than for the rest of the UK population.

Ethnicity and heart disease

How ethnicity affects your risk of heart disease

Statistics show that in the UK:

  • if you are of a South Asian background, you may be at a higher risk of developing coronary heart disease, which could lead to a heart attack
  • if you are over 65 and of a South Asian background, you are at a greater risk of having a stroke
  • if you are of an African Caribbean background, you may be more likely to have high blood pressure
  • people of African Caribbean and South Asian ethnicity are more likely to get type 2 diabetes than the rest of the population.

Are you from a South Asian or African Caribbean background?

We have information for people who are Bangladeshi, Indian or Pakistani on the risks to their health, and how to manage their weight. We also have information specifically for people from an African Caribbean background.