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Research shows South Asians make up 60% of heart disease patients

CHICAGO - Munaf Patel is an active husband and father. He plays cricket, basketball and volleyball, and runs around with his young kids in the family's yard near the city's Far Northwest Side.

So when he had an "uneasy" feeling in his chest in September 2015, he took some aspirin and followed up with his doctor. He was concerned but didn't expect to hear what test results showed - at age 39, Patel was having a heart attack.

Despite the placement of a stent to unblock his artery, a quick recovery and watching what he ate, Patel had his second heart attack just eight months later.

"I was very active, and you don't think about it when you're young," he said. "At the age that I am at, you don't expect those things."

But a part of him knew to be vigilant about his health; Patel, who is Indian, has an extensive family history of heart

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