India's growing burden of heart disease in youth a warning sign

The Indian Hearts Lacking Care (IHL Care) recently surveyed young people in cities across India. Their alarming conclusion was that 53% of Indians in the age group of 26-40 years are at risk of cardiovascular disease.

India's growing burden of heart disease in youth a warning sign

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WHO estimates that one-fifth of world’s cardiovascular deaths happen in India.

53% of Indians in the age group of 26-40 years are at risk of cardiovascular disease.

In the Covid era, 11.5% of the heart attacks were reported among younger generation. 

Taking time out for exercise and maintaining work-life balance is the need of the hour for Young India. 

Not a day goes by when Odisha's busiest cardiac centers don’t see young men and women being rushed to their emergency wards with heart attacks. Comedian Raju Srivastav, singer KK, TV actor Sidharth Shukla, and many celebrities have brought to light the growing cardiac disease in the young. As data and evidence suggests, India's younger generation seems to be increasingly susceptible to death due to cardiovascular disease. 

A look at the statistics and numbers is thought provoking. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one-fifth of the world’s cardiovascular deaths happen in India. Most of these are unfortunately in younger people. In the burden of the disease study, cardiovascular deaths in India were 272 per one lakh which is much higher that the global average of 235 per one lakh deaths. In the Covid era of 2020-2021, studies reported that 11.5 per cent of the heart attacks were reported among the younger generation.