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One-fifth of heart attack patients are under 45

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‘17 million people die each year due to heart attack'


Coronary Artery Disease affecting people in their most productive years

The average age of patients with CAD is 65 years in the West


HYDERABAD: With increasing number of young people falling prey to heart attack due to lifestyle changes, it is estimated that least 20 per cent of the total patients diagnosed with the problem in the country are less than 45 years.

Compared to other ethnic groups, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is occurring 10 years earlier among Indians and other South Asians, according to B.K.S. Sastry, president of the AP chapter of Cardiological Society of India and consultant cardiologist, CARE Hospitals. He said CAD was affecting people in their most productive years.

Talking to reporters on the occasion of ‘World Heart Day' here on Sunday, he said while the average age of patients with CAD was 65 years in the West, it was a decade younger in Indians. “Every day we are seeing more and more young people in their forties which is uncommon in the West”, he added.

Smoking, diabetes family history, hypertension, psychological stress, sedentary lifestyle and inappropriate diet were the major risk factors associated with heart disease.

He said while women up to 55 years were generally protected from heart disease, those with diabetes faced four times higher risk compared to women without diabetes.

Preventable deaths

Mentioning that 17 million people were dying each year due to heart attack and stroke, he said that 80 per cent of such deaths were preventable.

Proper diet with less salt and fats, regular physical exercise and avoiding consumption of all kinds of tobacco would go a long way minimising the risk factors.

Dr. Sastry said the AP chapter of CSI would develop a registry of high risk groups like those having a family history, diabetes and hypertension.

It would also step up educational campaign on preventing heart attacks.

To mark World Heart Day, AP chapter organised a seminar on ‘Worksite wellness—take responsibility for your own heart health'.

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