Informants were asked whether they had
ever had angina, heart attack, stroke, heart murmur, abnormal heart
rhythm, 'other heart trouble'
or diabetes diagnosed by a doctor. These conditions are referred
to as 'CVD conditions'. High blood pressure is not included in the
chart below, which shows age-standardised risk ratios for the prevalence
of CVD conditions for men and women.
Pakistani and Bangladeshi men
had rates of CVD about 60% to 70% higher than men in the general
population, while Chinese men had lower rates
(risk ratio 0.63). The picture was similar for women, with Chinese
women having lower rates of CVD conditions (0.71) than women in
general, while Pakistani (1.45) and Bangladeshi (1.43) women had higher
Prevalence of CVD conditions was also higher among Black Caribbean
The Health Survey of England 1999