Resolution Raises Awareness for Cardiovascular Disease in South Asian Community

Chicago, IL… Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, impacting one community more so than others. State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) has filed House Resolution 969 to declare March 12, 2016 as “Red Sari Day” for South Asian Cardiovascular Disease Awareness and recognize the work being done by the South Asian Cardiovascular Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

The risk for heart disease is four times higher in South Asians. Due to a variety of factors including genetics and lifestyle, South Asians have the highest CVD mortality rates and are prone to developing CVD at a younger age, often before the age of 40 in men. The South Asian Cardiovascular Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is the first of its kind in the Midwest designed to serve the South Asian community and inspire change and provide options to live a heart healthy lifestyle.

“The high risk of heart attacks and stroke is often unknown and overlooked in this community,” Rep McAuliffe said. “The efforts at Advocate Lutheran to educate, screen, prevent, and treat South Asians for their high risk of cardiac disease are exemplary.” 

On Saturday night Rep. McAuliffe attended ‘A Red Sari Evening’, a benefit hosted by Advocate Health Care. The event was put on to raise awareness of the South Asian heart disease epidemic and the partnerships that will explore solutions and save lives.