Indore, September, 2017 : “We have a killer lifestyle. Today more Indians are dying of lifestyle disease than of infections- a reverse of a situation 20 years ago. Heart ailments are the biggest killers. India is currently witnessing nearly two million heart attacks a year and majority of the victims are youngsters,” said Dr Akhilesh Jain, senior consultant cardiologist, Shalby Multi Speciality Hospital, Indore. He was addressing a press conference organised here on the eve of World Heart Day.
Top city cardiologist, Dr Jain informed that “One person dies every 33 seconds owing to an heart attack in India, the deadly condition is making Indians its victim 10 years ahead of the people in the West. Men living in cities are three times more prone to heart attacks than people living in villages. As for women, the risk rises significantly after menopause.”
The trends in Indore are no different from the country and lots of youngsters in age group of 25-40 are coming to us with heart attack, Dr Jain said.
Dr Jain further said that “Your heart powers your whole body. It lets you love, laugh and live your life to the full. That’s why it’s so important to look after it. If you don’t, you’re putting yourself at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart disease and stroke. CVD is the world’s number one killer. Each year, it’s responsible for 17.5 million premature deaths, and by 2030 this is expected to rise to 23 million. But the good news is that much CVD can be prevented by making just a few simple daily changes, like eating and drinking more healthily, getting more exercise and stopping smoking”.
Discussing the major cause of heart attacks Dr Jain said “Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) or “bad” cholesterol is the leading factor for heart attacks. Diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, genetic history, lifestyles, especially the higher intake of carbohydrate rich foods and lack of regular physical exercise are other factors that lead to heart attack”.
Issuing a word of caution he said “Patients often tend to neglect chest pain citing acidity or gastric trouble which should not be overlooked. Any discomfort or any exertions that a person experiences after walking, particularly if it persists after taking rest, could be linked to heart and should not be ignored but should be immediately taken care.”
About World Heart Day
World Heart Day is celebrated on 29 September each year. In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world’s number one killer. World Heart Day is, therefore, the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden.
Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.5 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.
World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others. Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation unites people from all countries and backgrounds in the fight against the CVD burden, and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.