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Prognosis for South Asian and white patients with heart failure in the United Kingdom

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7428.1406-a (Published 11 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1406

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  1. Iain Squire ([email protected]), senior lecturer in medicine,
  2. James Newton, clinical research fellow,
  3. Hanna Blackledge, public health analyst
  1. Department of Cardiovascular Therapeutics, University of Leicester, Leicester LE2 4NU
  2. Department of Cardiovascular Therapeutics, University of Leicester, Leicester LE2 4NU
  3. Department of Health Informatics, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Strategic Health Authority

    EDITOR—Population estimates from the 1991 census—the only data available to us—could introduce error in calculating age standardised rates and ratios, particularly for subpopulations with differing age structures. Using 2001 census data, we found that admission rates in the South Asian population were more than twofold higher for both men and women.

    The reason for the higher standardised admission rates for heart disease for the city is debatable.1 …

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