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10% Indians have Cardiac Problems

The Times of India
21 March 2009
Hyderabad, India

Ten per cent of the Indian population has cardiac problems with around four per cent of the rural population being afflicted with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), considered a disease of the developed world.

By 2016, it is estimated that 68 million people in the country will be afflicted by the CAD problem and by 2025, 57 million will suffer from diabetes and 21.5 million from hypertension.

With the magnitude of the problem being very high in the next 10 years, it would mean 80 per cent of the global burden of CAD and cancer will be borne by India and lower middle income countries.

Even a slight increase in weight results in visceral fat among Indians leading to heart related problems. Stress and tobacco consumption also increase the risk of heart attacks.

The statistics were discussed during the opening session of a two-day seminar on preventive cardiology here today.

The programme, an initiative of Medwin Heart Foundation, is aimed at assisting policy makers, healthcare professionals, and all stakeholders to establish goals for prevention of CAD which is growing at an alarming rate in India.

CAD is a global epidemic and is four times more likely to strike the South Asian population.

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