FIJIANS of Indian descent are more prone to heart problems than the indigenous people.
The team of Indian surgeons performing cardiac surgeries in Suva believes the problem is genetically-related.
The principal co-ordinator of the surgeries, Professor Manu Munibhargav, said the people's lifestyle also caused heart problems.
"The type of food people eat here coupled with no exercise contribute to heart problems," he said.
"I can say that Fijians (iTaukei) are better off than the Indians as far as heart problems are concerned in Fiji. Fiji Indians are more prone to heart problems."
Mr Munibhargav said heart problems, being a genetic problem, start in a mother's womb.
"When a child is in the mother's womb, the proper nutritious food is not taken by the mother.
"It finally results in other complications like diabetes and other things, as per studies."
The team of surgeons from Sahyadri Hospital will perform 17 cardiac surgeries and 30 neurosurgeries at the CWM Hospital.
According to the Health Ministry, only adults have been booked for the surgeries.