Why Heart Diseases Are Increasing In India Youth?

For creating the awareness on Heart diseases, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences is celebrating Heart month and organized a First Public lecture in Faridabad on Early Detection of Heart Diseases by internationally acclaimed Cardiologists & Cardiac Surgeon.

World Heart Day was created in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year and the numbers are rising.

Diseases that are related to the heart and blood vessels are called cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Cardiovascular diseases would be the largest cause of death and disability in India by 2020 as per a World Health Organisation (WHO) report. With an ever-increasing number of Indians suffering from heart diseases, a drastic change in lifestyle and eating habits is an alarming situation with a special focus on youth.

The average age of people with heart ailments is coming down. The next five to 10 years around 20 percent of the Indian population would be affected. According to Dr. Subrat Akhoury Director- Cath Lab Interventional Cardiologist and Head (Unit-II), Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, Faridabad, In India 30 lakh people suffer from the heart attack and approx 15 lakh die every year out of which 15% of them die before reaching to the hospital and most of them are in the productive years of their age. Many young professionals today have an odd working hour that leads to stress and on top of it, the indulgence in smoking and drinking has worsened the situation. Such lifestyle results in high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, etc. leading to heart ailments.

The good news, however, is that 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable. Healthy diet, regular physical activity, and not using tobacco products are the keys to prevention.

The focus of Asian Institute of Medical Sciences is on how to educate youngsters to lead a healthy lifestyle. “Dr. Subrat Akhoury said that efforts should be made to stop leading an unhealthy lifestyle which may lead to cardiovascular disease later. Tobacco in every form is very harmful to health, The risk of heart attack and stroke starts to drop immediately after a person stops using tobacco products, and can drop by as much as half after one year.

Salt is the major factor that increases blood pressure and is therefore responsible for many strokes and heart attacks every year. It is estimated that the average Indian consumption of salt is 8 g/day, a reduction of 6 g of salt per day would reduce coronary heart disease by 20 to 35%. Stress is a part of life today and you can’t avoid it, but half an hour of walk or exercise at home or office, five days a week can do wonders,” Dr. Subrat Akhoury, Director- Cath Lab & Interventional Cardiologist and Head (Unit-II), Asian Institute of Medical Sciences.

The education and guidance should begin early. Physical exercise, avoiding junk and oily food and not smoking are some of the steps that must be adopted by people.



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