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Connecting experts to make breakthrough discoveries in South Asian heart health.

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An easy-to-use tool for heart valve replacement patients to assess risk of readmission.

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Ram and Sanjita Kalra
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Aavishqaar means invention. Named after Dr. Kalra’s parents, the Ram and Sanjita Kalra Aavishqaar Fund fosters award-winning breakthroughs in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research.

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Cardiovascular Health in Asian Indians (CHAI) Collaborative

The CHAI collaborative is an international effort to equip a team of specialists with a unique biobank of genetic data to explore the role of genetics and environmental factors in cardiovascular disease for South Asians.


South Asians (from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) make up one quarter of the world’s population, and are one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in the United States. However, South Asians have higher mortality rates from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease when compared with other Asian groups and non-Hispanic whites. Due to differences in environmental factors and access to healthcare infrastructure compared with South Asians abroad, it is essential to identify the basis for this elevated risk and explore the impact of genetic factors.

of heart attacks in people of South Asian descent occur under the age of 45
People of South Asian descent have 4x the risk of cardiovascular disease

The CHAI collaborative includes assembling a team of geneticists, statisticians, and cardiologists, recruiting an overseas study cohort, and collecting genetic samples for a unique biobank. In addition to publishing in high impact journals, the makeadent.org team will also continue to raise awareness and increase accessibility to quality information about heart health in South Asians.

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Anandita A. Kulkarni, MD
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Jaideep Patel, MD
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Khurram Nasir, MD
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Matthew J. Budoff, MD, FACC, FAHA
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Pradeep Natarajan, MD
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Meet our team of internationally recognized cardiologists that support and guide our efforts. Their clinical and research experience provide clear goals and milestones to ensure progress.

TAVR-30 App

Peer-reviewed and easy to use, the app helps identify patients with increased risk of 30-day readmission and aid in transition of care upon discharge and post-discharge follow-up.

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