Heart disease deaths on rise among Indian youth: Dr Bali

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 15: Heart diseases are on the rise among Indian youth and if not controlled and taken precaution, India will become heart ailments’ capital of the world by 2022.
This was stated by Dr H K Bali, Chairman, Cardiac Sciences, Paras Superspeciality Hospital, Panchkula while addressing media persons, here today. He along with a team of doctors was here to create awareness on “Coronary Artery Disease in India & recent advances in Cardiac Interventions”.
Dr Bali, who has an experience of more than 30 years in Cardiology and has done over 15000 cardiac interventions, while presenting picture of country on heart health front, said, “as per WHO report, India tops World in heart attacks among 35 plus Men. The average age of people with heart ailments is coming down and these days we are getting patients as young as 25 years, who are coming to us with Heart attack. Patients with Coronary Artery Disease under the age of 40 have increased from 10 percent a decade ago to 15 percent today”.
He also shared that in India, heart ailments have replaced communicable diseases as the biggest killer. According to recent data, approximately 30 percent of the urban population and 15 percent of the population living in rural areas suffer from high blood pressure and heart attacks. As the risk factors of heart ailments increase, so does the mortality rate.
Dr Bali said that over 50 percent of patients suffering from heart attack die just because they are unable to reach the hospital in time. Primary Angioplasty remains Gold standard treatment for Heart Attack. Apart from Smoking, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, stress, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, increasing age, family history are some other factors that increase chances of heart ailments.
He said that Paras Superspecialty Hospital Panchukula is going to be a center of excellence for Cardiac Sciences since all the facilities like Primary Angioplasty, Complex Angioplasties, Biventricular Pacemaker (CRT), Combo Devices, ICDs, Carotid Artery Stenting, Peripheral Artery and below knee interventions, Management of Aortic Dissections and Aortic Aneurysms would be available under one roof.