Jayapal, Wilson Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Tackle Alarming Rate Of Heart Disease Among South Asians In The US
India-West Staff Reporter
WASHINGTON, DC – In a bid to address the concerning surge in heart disease cases among South Asians across the United States, Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Joe Wilson have introduced the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act in Congress. The move aims to raise awareness about the unique risk factors facing this community and provide crucial resources and strategies to combat the deadly trend affecting all communities.
Recent studies have revealed a shocking reality: South Asians in the United States are currently facing a staggering four times higher risk of heart disease compared to the general population. Despite representing only 25 percent of the world’s population, South Asians account for an overwhelming 60 percent of heart disease cases worldwide and contribute to over 50 percent of global cardiovascular deaths, as indicated in a statement supporting the bill.
For Jayapal, this legislation holds personal significance, having witnessed the devastating impact of heart disease within the South Asian diaspora in the country. She stated, “I am fully committed to increasing understanding of heart disease and the unique risk factors in the South Asian community while ensuring that all those affected receive the necessary resources, treatment, and support.”
The bill has garnered widespread support from various quarters, with Neil Makhija, President of Indian American Impact, lauding Representative Jayapal for her dedication in pushing for this crucial legislation. Makhija urged Congress to swiftly pass the bill, emphasizing that “for too long, South Asian Americans have been disproportionately impacted by the devastating effects of heart disease.”
The proposed legislation enjoys significant bipartisan backing, with additional sponsorship from Representatives Ami Bera, Tony Cárdenas, Judy Chu, Yvette Clarke, Gerald E. Connolly, Adriano Espaillat, Brian Fitzpatrick, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Grace F. Napolitano, Jimmy Panetta, Adam Smith, Mark Takano, Lauren Underwood, and Nydia Velázquez.
Support for the bill extends beyond the political arena, with various associations and civil society groups such as the American Heart Association, Indian American Impact, MASALA Study, and South Asian American Voter Empowerment Texas Education Fund rallying behind the cause.
With heart disease posing a significant health threat to the South Asian community and impacting the nation’s overall well-being, the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act marks a critical step forward in combating this pressing public health concern. As the bill makes its way through Congress, all eyes are on lawmakers to come together and enact measures that will save lives and protect the health of countless individuals in the United States.