Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability world-wide. We know some of the reasons why heart attack and stroke occur - for example smoking, high blood pressure and high blood fats are all important causes. However, many people develop heart attack or stroke without having any clear reason.

LOLIPOP is a prospective population study which aims to better understand the causes of heart disease and other major medical problems, including amongst people of Indian Asian ancestry who have a higher risk of heart disease. Through the detailed baseline assessment and long term follow-up of our ~30,000 volunteers we aim to identify the environmental and genetic factors that contribute to heart disease, stroke and other diseases, and to develop new tools for the identification of people at increased risk of ill-health.