Tracking and treating heart disease and diabetes in South Asia

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K. M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA:
Tracking and treating heart disease and diabetes in south Asia
June 11, 2009

Illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease are affecting increasing numbers of young people in developing countries.

In light of this worrisome trend, K. M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA, and his colleagues are poised to launch a new center of excellence aimed at preventing and controlling heart disease and diabetes in India and Pakistan.

"It's essentially a center of excellence for cardiac metabolic disease prevention and control in South Asia with Emory playing a very important role in the project," says Narayan, a Ruth and O.C. Hubert professor of global health and epidemiology at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and a professor of medicine in Emory School of Medicine.

"Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death among people with diabetes with 80 percent of deaths from chronic diseases worldwide occurring in low and middle-income countries," says Narayan.

The center will focus on surveillance, prevention of mortality stemming from cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and training young investigators in the field of diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention and control.

To hear Narayan’s own words about the new center, use the player at the top of this page or subscribe to the podcast.

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