As the whole nation mourns the passing of famous singer KK who recently passed away from cardiac arrest, top health experts have warned of India’s proneness to heart disease.
According to experts, India has a two to three times higher percentage of heart diseases than Western countries.
Singer and songwriter Krishnakumar Kunnath, known by his stage name KK, died on May 31 at the age of 53. The singer fell ill during a live concert in Calcutta on Tuesday and was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. .
“A young man of 50 who had no major problems and who died suddenly. There are many examples when a healthy person fell asleep and did not wake up. These are due to coronary heart disease and high blood pressure which are silent killers,” said Dr. Naresh Trehan, President and CEO of Medanta Hospital.
“It is the known statistics that Indians have a higher percentage of people who will get heart disease two to three times higher than the western world,” he added.
Explaining the factors behind heart disease, Dr. Trehan said people are predisposed to coronary heart disease due to genetic factors. Additionally, a sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise also contribute to the disease.
“We tell people to ‘know your genes.’ You have to be careful about family history. If you have heart disease in your family, the children will be doubled in risk. If you have diabetes in the family, the children will be doubled. the risk of developing diabetes,” he said.
Dr. Trehan further stated that if heart disease is already in the family, timely testing should be done.
“We suggest today that at the age of 25, people who have a positive family history have their first health check. Then we identify the risk factors and guide them accordingly for the rest of their life. Similarly, people who don’t have a history should have their first exam before the age of 30 because there are problems that exist that we are not aware of,” he said. he declares.
His sentiments were echoed by Dr Ashok Seth, President of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, who also stressed the need to recognize symptoms early.
“The sad and untimely death of the KK singer has left important lessons for all. First, recognize the symptoms of a heart attack – discomfort in the center of your chest/left arm, unusual profuse cold sweating, nervousness, fainting and severe indigestion not relieved by antacids,” he said.
Doctors explained that after identifying their symptoms, they should go straight to the nearest hospital and do an ECG. “It could save lives. Most heart attack deaths occur within the first hour.”
Most cardiac deaths in India
It comes days after renowned cardiologist Dr CN Manjunath warned that India would get the notorious accolade of recording the highest number of cardiac deaths by 2030 in the world.
Of the total, almost a fourth death will occur due to cardiovascular disease (CVD), the doctor said. “Heart problems are increasing among the young and middle-aged population and that’s alarming,” he said.
According to the Indian Heart Association, heart disease strikes Indians at an earlier age than other demographic groups, often without warning.
Few studies have shown that Indians suffer from heart disease at least 10 years before Westerners.
This has been attributed to sedentary lifestyles, diabetes, increasing alcohol consumption, smoking, and hypertension.
With agency contributions.