Now that the heart issues have become so common among Indians, the heart health needs to be taken very seriously.
Heart disease is getting younger by the day in India and is striking people at unlikely ages. With increasing lifestyle deviation and spiking stress, its catchment area is ominously increasing, taking even children in its grip. According to several industry reports, heart disease is becoming awfully common in the ages just after 30 and it becomes imperative that one takes preventive steps.
Despite noteworthy achievements in healthcare and an increase in life expectancy, the country is facing a serious threat from the increasing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and heart ailments associated with lifestyle changes. Today, NCDs claim as many as 15 million lives (61 per cent) between the age of 30-70, with 45 per cent of them being affected by CVDs. A study says, 10 per cent of all patients with heart disease today are under the age of 40.
India has a distinction of being known as the heart disease capital of the world and Indians are genetically predisposed to develop heart diseases. This coupled with a sedentary lifestyle and stress only makes us even more prone to heart ailments. While everyone likes to have a healthy lifestyle and mostly all are aware of the ways to achieve it, one soon realises how difficult it is to follow all those practices in the practical world. With deadlines at work, dining out, late nights, and early mornings, it’s easy to miss out on health.
With a little precaution and planning for the diet and lifestyle one leads, one can learn to take care of the heart. But while you exercise, follow a healthy diet, avoid stressing yourself and sleep well, protecting the heart against uncertainties and medical emergencies is also essential. Given the risk factors galore, the assessment of heart health should start early in today’s life. Regular screening and remedial actions thereafter is the only way to keep your heart healthy.
The writer is Chief Customer, Marketing and Digital Officer, Aviva Life Insurance.
Writer: Anjali Malhotra
Source: The Pioneer