Heart ailments on rise in HP; Expert

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IEP Dehradun

“Heart diseases have now been emerged as the leading causes of death and illness. Every year more than 17-million people die because of this. The western countries have reduced the heart disease related deaths by 50% in the last decade but in India it has risen 3-fold.”

This was stated by Dr Deepak Puri, executive director and head – cardiovascular sciences at Ivy Healthcare during a mega multi-specialty health camp near govt primary school, Kango near Nadaun in Hamirpur distt today.

Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Dev Vrat was the chief guest during occasion, whereas former Himachal CM, Prem Kumar Dhumal and BJP MP from Hamirpur , Mr. Anurag Thakur were special guests.

The 2-day camp is being organized by Him Mitar Sarvkalyan Sanstha, Kango.

Dr Puri said further that heart problem has also gripped hilly area now with more and more people falling prey to this deadly disease in Himachal also. Excessive tobacco, alcohol consumption and unhealthy diet are becoming the major reasons for people who are falling to the incidence of cardiac ailments at an alarming rate here. Despite good environment, heart disease is rampant mainly because of high incidence of smoking , bad dietary habits and faulty lifestyle, he pointed out.

Unfortunately Indians are worse hit by this menace because of genetic predisposition as well as faulty lifestyle, he maintained.

“The disease strikes Indians at an early age almost 15-yr earlier than the western population and progresses at a faster pace . Most of the Indians who have heart attack are between 35 to 55-yr of age while in western population they are usually above 65-yr. Indians are 20 times more at risk compared to Japanese and chances of having second heart attack and heart failure are also higher,” informed Dr Puri.

Dr Puri, who is also a global chairman of Cardiomersion emphasized that people should adopt healthy lifestyle and remain fit from an early age so that they can enjoy a Healthy life span.

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