The main objectives of this study are to:
- assess the role of potential CVD risk factors (highly prevalent in Bangladeshis) that are yet to be characterized in detail, including: long-term arsenic and other toxic metal contaminations (both separately and in combination), indigenous tobacco consumption; sub-optimal nutrition and genetic variation.
- estimate the impact of modifiable conventional vascular risk factors (eg, smoking, history of hypertension, diabetes, physical inactivity, obesity, lipid fractions) on vascular disease in Bangladesh.
- evaluate the important local lifestyle, socioeconomic and nutritional exposures on CVD risk, such as diet (eg, local intake patterns of various oil, spices, dairy and fish) and different socio-economic groups;
- collect reliable information on knowledge, perception and practice to prevent CVD among participants in order to better understand public health awareness of vascular disease in Bangladesh; and
- collect detailed information on the economic burden of CVD events in Bangladesh better understand health economic impact of vascular disease in Bangladesh.