Bengaluru, October 5, 2016: World Heart Day is observed on 29th September every year across countries. A global initiative by World Heart Federation this year is to make everyone understand the importance of healthy heart and to keep it powerful. Efforts are being made to educate masses to adopt simple lifestyle modifications to keep away from heart diseases.

In this context Indus Health Plus released an abnormality report that indicates the growing trend in heart diseases. The sample size for the study was 13,850people who underwent the preventive health check-up during January 2015 – August 2016.

The report indicates that there has been a rise of 10-15% in cardiovascular disease (CVD) among young population. Young women are prone to heart diseases because of lack of estrogen between the ages of 20–40 years. Most of these females are from working population and settle for junk food and irregular food timing. 25% females from the age group of 35-40 years were unaware of the silent symptoms of heart diseases. They were also unaware that after menopause the chances of heart stroke increases. Out of all the women detected with heart problems, it was observed during the checkups that 40% of the women were from the age group of 20-40 years and 60% were from the age bracket of 40-60 years.

Abnormality Report Indus Health Plus BENGALURU
Jan 2015 – August 2016
MALE FEMALE
TOTAL NO OF TESTS 7563 6287
List of Diseases IN NUMBERS IN PERCENTAGE IN NUMBERS IN PERCENTAGE
Heart Problem 515 6.81 438 6.96
Hypertension 329 4.21 316 5.02
Obesity 728 9.62 655 10.41
Diabetes 790 10.44 697 11.08
Hyperlipidemia  /
Atherosclerosis
497 6.32 333 5.29
VITAMIN B 12 267 4.55 197 3.13

11-12% coronary heart diseases cases were observed in Bengaluru. 30% of coronary heart diseases have been observed in women. Out of 55% people in the age group of 20-29 years who were found under the risk of heart problems, 16-20% was males. 15% of males and 13% of females from the age group of 40-45 years have been tested positive for diabetes which has increased their chances for heart ailments.

Mr. Amol Naikawadi, Preventive Healthcare Specialist and JMD Indus Health Plus says, “Due to high demanding jobs and irregular working hours, stress levels amongst working professionals have increased by 10-15% and therefore the risk of heart disease has increased. The majorly hit among all are the IT and BPO employees who are most of the times glued to their desks and have no proper eating timings.“

“This is a serious concern and so this World Heart Day our aim is to educate people to keep heart healthy through regular exercise, playing outdoor sports, eating balanced diet and maintaining ideal body weight.  Besides lifestyle modification, preventive health check-ups and timely screenings are very useful in early detection of illnesses and risk factors” added Mr. Naikawadi.

35-40% of the population consumes tobacco in different form. High stress coupled with exposure to smoke has increased the chances of heart problems by 7-10% as compared to last year. Pollution, smoking and high stress level with sedentary lifestyle, consuming alcohol, improper diet are contributing factors for heart diseases. People below 30 years were not aware of symptoms related to heart diseases and therefore they had a tendency to ignore chest pain and uneasiness due to stress which increases the risk of heart ailments.  The night life in Bangalore is majorly to be blamed for youngsters getting affected by lifestyle ailments. Late night parties, junk food, excessive intake of alcohol and tobacco in the form of cigarettes, hukka, gutkha, etc. are affecting youngster’s health. As young as 22-25 years old are potential cases of non-communicable diseases.

 

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