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Hypertension and Smoking top risk factors for heart disease: Study



A study conducted by Fortis Healthcare Limited under the guidance of Dr (Prof) Upendra Kaul, utive Director & Head of Department, Cardiology, Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital, Delhi, among 12,152 patients during 2011 and 2015 concluded that high lipid levels, hypertension and smoking continue to be top risk factors for heart diseases in India.

The findings of Fortis study resonate with global trends, which point out the leading cardiovascular risk factors globally, namely raised blood pressure (to which 13% of global deaths are attributed), followed by tobacco use (9%), raised blood glucose (6%), physical inactivity (6%) and overweight and obesity (5%).

Another recent survey conducted by Fortis Hospital, Mulund in Mumbai, among more than 6,000 people revealed that 68% lacked awareness about radiating pain in jaw, arms, shoulders, abdomen & back and 85% lacked awareness about nausea associated Epigastric (upper abdominal) pain “ important symptoms of a Heart Attack.
Upon being identified as a Heart Attack, 89% respondents in the survey believed that calling an ambulance was the 1st point of action. Awareness of symptoms was weakest amongst the young respondents (18-25yrs) with least importance given to radiating pain in jaw, arms, shoulders, abdomen and back at 27%.


Top 3 generic symptoms of Heart Attack were earmarked as Breathlessness (57%), Chest Pain (74%) and Sweating (60%). When probed about ‘at-home-intervention’ till medical aid arrived, respondents in the age group of 45+ displayed high awareness about Aspirin’s association with Heart Attack; however, were unable to state first aid basics.

Dr Rajat Sharma, Consultant, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Fortis Hospital Mohali, said, Heart failure is a growing issue related to lowered or normal pumping function heart and is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality. This too can be managed by appropriate used of different kind of pacemakers and devices available these days. Dr Sharma further added, There are various remote cardiac monitoring devices, which can potentially help in the treatment of these heart rhythm disorders.

Dr TS Mahant, utive Director, CTVS, Fortis Hospital Mohali emphasized on stress management for a healthy heart, Stress management can help you to keep heart disease at bay. There are numerous studies worldwide that emphasize on the correlation between stress and heart disease. So, its important to take care of your heart and happiness for a healthier future.

Speaking about the importance of creating heart healthy environments, Dr HK Bali, Director of Cardiology, Fortis Hospital Mohali, said, Empower your heart by making healthy choices. It really takes a few simple steps to live a healthy life, so make those decisions early on and be consistent with these lifestyle measures.

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