India the world's chronic heart disease capital

In recent years, India has seen an alarming increase in the number of reported occurrences of sudden cardiac death (SCD), with young people being particularly hard hit. Recently, on September 29—World Heart Day—the Cardiological Society of India (CSI) hosted an event to raise public awareness of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in India.
More than five thousand Indian physicians agreed that young people as well as schoolchildren need to be aware of the risks of developing cardiovascular disease (CHD).
Forewarning schoolchildren about the risks of developing cardiovascular disease is crucial (CHD). Dr. Rajiv Gupta, Chairman of Preventive Cardiology, Internal Medicine, and Research at Eternal Heart Care Centre, Jaipur, stated, "So kids may be better citizens when they grow up."
According to medical professionals, India has overtaken China as the country with the highest prevalence of chronic cardiovascular disease. Dr. Gupta stressed that pollution, sadness, excessive screen time, high sugar consumption, and inactivity are the most prevalent causes of CHD. Lifestyle changes also contribute to the rise of heart disease in India. Dr. Debabrata Roy, Honorary General Secretary of the CSI and a Senior Consulting Interventional Cardiologist, said that this shift in prevalence may be attributed to people's "striking change in lifestyle" (i.e., less emphasis on physical exercise and more on carbs).
He further noted that these shifts are taking place across traditional socioeconomic lines. The number of smokers has decreased, yet this is still not good enough. In recent years, there has been a meteoric rise in the number of alcoholic beverages consumed. There will soon be a plethora of fast food joints in the area. None of them meet the FSSAI's standards for fat, salt, and sugar," Dr. Roy said.
Dr. Roy also raised the issue of the "awareness-compliance mismatch," which occurs when a person is aware of the negative health effects of smoking yet nevertheless continues to smoke. He said that it was necessary to "ensure that the community conforms to such lifestyle alterations" in addition to raising public awareness.
The growth in heart disease might also be attributed to pollution. Scientists in the CSI field have shown that young people's risks of developing coronary heart disease are increased if they are exposed to pollution on their way to school. The risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) will alter in measurable ways if we switch to clean fuel for transportation. More people sitting about watching television, instead of being active, has been linked to an increased risk of death and cardiovascular disease. Additional risk factors for CHD among the poor include socioeconomic inequality, unemployment, and poverty, all of which contribute to the development of depression.

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