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A New Risk Factor: Immigration

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A recent study by Mooteri et al (2004) suggests that duration of residence in the US may contribute to the risk of CAD in a South Indian immigrant Konkani population. Patients who resided longer (>20 years) in the US had the highest rates of CAD, further supporting the environmental influence and lifestyle changes that took place after migration[4].

What other aspects of immigration influence the health of men and women ?

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How do isolation,poverty, language acquisition, cultural differences in discussing health care with providers, time demands, access to resources and transportation effect the health of women who immigrate ?

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Are the issues the same for men ?

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How can we more sensitive to these needs and differences in our provision of health care ?

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4. Mooteri S. M., Petersen F., Dagubati R. and Pai R. G., Duration of Residence in the United States as a New Risk Factor for Coronary Artery Disease (The Konkani Heart Study), Am J Cardiol 2004;93:359 --361

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