Heart Disease: Main Causes for Death in India

Heart Disease: Main Causes for Death in India

A study conducted by Washington-based Global Burden of Disease (GBD) revealed that hypersensitive heart disease is the leading cause for death in India. It has replaced tuberculosis which was stated as the top killer in 1990’s.

According to the study, hypersensitive heart disease and suicide lead to increase in deaths from 1990 to 2013 by 138 percent and 129 percent respectively.

Around the world ischemic heart disease, stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) lead to 32 percent deaths in 2013. Ischemic heart disease lead to 15,87,000 deaths in India.

Based on India’s population count, researchers believe that it can soon become the world’s most populous country. Hence mortality rates in India affect globally.

In 2013, India recorded 10.2 million of the world’s deaths.

A report published by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) stated that economic growth and urbanization are the main causes of hypersensitive heart diseases in India. Majority of the people live a sedentary lifestyle with habits like unhealthy diet, reduced physical activity, increased stress and tobacco use.

Amar Singhal, head of the cardiology department of Delhi-based Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, stated that 30 percent of the urban residents and 15 percent of rural residents experience high blood pressure and heart attacks. This causes an increase in the mortality rates. To reduce this count, one should be made aware of the risk factors of this disease.

According to Anil Bansal, chief cardiologist, Gurgaon’s Columbia Asia Hospital, effective treatment and preventive steps will help people stay safe from heart disease. Simple changes in lifestyle can help people in preventing heart disease.

He also adds that around 50 percent of people suffering from heart disease die because they don’t reach hospital in time. Immediate relief can be provided to such people through Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Also congenital heart diseases can be effectively treated with good medical facilities.

To solve problems related to heart disease, the government has started a National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Strokes but it hasn’t been successful so far. It was started in 100 districts in India; it has to still gain recognition in a deeper sense.

Simple measures can help you prevent heart disease:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Control cholesterol levels
  • Keep a check on blood pressure levels
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain weight
  • Consume foods that are high in fiber and low in saturated fats and trans fats
  • Limit alcohol intake

Follow these simple measures from today and save your heart. For more information, consult a cardiologist online at eVaidya now!


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