PADMA SHRI & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee and President, Heart Care Foundation of India, Dr. KK Aggarwal, claims that no matter which part of the world you are staying in, if you are of Indian origin you at a higher heart attack risk. The doctor cites inherited lipid abnormality as the cause of the problem. He also blames busy work schedule and improper diet for the disease. Dr. Mohan Bhargava, Senior Cardiologist Max Hospital, also agrees with Dr Aggrawal and says, “Being an Indian is now considered a heart attack risk hazard. An Indian doctor settled in the US is 17 times more likely to suffer from heart disease than his US counterpart.”
There has also been a shift in the age group suffering from cardiovascular diseases. Earlier, people between the age of 40 to 50 used to be heart patients, but now young people (between the age of 30 to 40 and in many cases 25 to 30) also suffer from heart diseases. The main reasons for this age group shift are – unhealthy lifestyle, and hectic work schedule.
Meanwhile, a survey conducted by the World Bank revealed that Indians suffer their first heart attack at least six years earlier than people of other countries. The study was carried out in 52 countries world-wide. According to the report, heart diseases will become the main cause of death in the country by 2030. The survey also brought to notice the government’s carelessness towards healthcare sector, which needs major attention.
This is not all, there is more bad news, Indians also have higher chances of developing diabetes. Also, bone related disease osteoporosis appears 10 years earlier in Indians than in US citizens. The information is shocking, but it should not disappoint Indians because change in diet and improved lifestyle can help them live long and healthy lives. Further, Indians may be prone to heart attacks, but they are at a low risk of developing certain other diseases that are quite common in other countries such as cancers of the colon (number one cancer in the US), cancers of the skin, melanomas, and Alzheimer’s disease, etc.