With an ever-increasing number of Indians suffering from heart diseases, a drastic change in lifestyle and eating habits is the need of the hour to tackle the alarming situation with a special focus on youth, say doctors.
Cardiovascular diseases would be the largest cause of death and disability in India by 2020 as per a World Health Organisation (WHO) report.
“The average age of people with heart ailments is coming down. We are getting patients as young as 20 years,” Neeraj Bhalla, senior consultant and director of the heart centre at BLK Super Specialty Hospital, said ahead of World Heart Day that is observed on September 29.
“In the next five to 10 years around 20 percent of the Indian population would be affected,” he added.
Atul Mathur, director of Invasive Cardiology at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, said that patients under the age of 40 have increased from 10 percent a decade ago to 30 percent today.