At the ‘heart’ of the matter

With over 40 per cent of all deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases (CVD), did you know, India would soon become the “Heart Disease capital of the world?” Additionally, up to 50 per cent of all cardiac deaths in India seem to happen suddenly; due to no apparent reason someone drops dead! Evidence elucidates that Indians are genetically the most vulnerable group to CVDs in the world and our research indicates that there is four times greater incidence of Sudden Cardiac Death in the Indian population. Perhaps, our genetic makeup is the causal element for this.

Celebrating the 13th World Heart Day, on September 29 this year themed on Women and Children, take a moment to comprehend the impact of cardiovascular deaths on our world. It is expected that by 2030, about 23 million people will die from CVDs annually, meaning every year we’d lose in whole the current population of Australia! In light of the ever-increasing affliction of cardiovascular disease (CVD) on the world, claiming over 17.3 million lives each year, the World Heart Day was initiated in 2000 to increase global awareness for the prevention of premature deaths caused by heart disease and stroke. This day, although not a public holiday, is a day of global observance to reflect on the CVD pandemic.


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