Burden of non-communicable diseases in South Asia: Evidence for epidemic of coronary heart disease in India is weak

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7454.1499-a (Published 17 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1499
  1. Naseer Ahmad, house officer (naseer102@hotmail.com),
  2. Raj Bhopal, professor of public health
  1. c/o 89 Clitheroe Road, Manchester M13 0QU
  2. Public Health Sciences Section, Division of Community Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9AG

    EDITOR—India is widely believed to be on the verge of an epidemic of coronary heart disease, as expressed by Ghaffar et al in their clinical review.1 2 We believe this assumption to be based on weak evidence.

    We found one meta-analysis, reporting a ninefold increase in urban India (1-9%) and twofold increase (2-4%) in rural India between the 1960s …

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