One person dies every 33 seconds owing to an heart attack in India, says a top city cardiologist, adding that the deadly condition is making Indians its victim 10 years ahead of the people in the West.
“India is currently witnessing nearly two million heart attacks a year and majority of the victims are youngsters,” said Dr Ashwani Mehta, senior consultant cardiologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here
He was delivering a public lecture on “Living with Heart Disease: All about Stents and Interventions” at the India International Centre (IIC) in the heart of the capital on Tuesday.
“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,” Mehta told the gathering.
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.
Patients often tend to neglect chest pain citing acidity or gastric trouble which, Mehta said, 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,” Mehta noted.