Death rate due to heart disease increases by 34 per cent in India

Heart diseases are common, especially in the developing countries, and India is no exception. In the last couple of years, the death rate due to heart disease has been rising in the country. It has gone up by 34 percent from 155.7 to 209.1 deaths per 1 lakh population in the last 26 years.

Among all the heart diseases, most of the deaths occur due to cardiovascular disease, which refers to a class of diseases that involve the heart and blood vessels. Consisting of heart, arteries, veins and capillaries, the cardiovascular system supplies the blood to all the parts of the body. It is the leading cause of deaths globally, as a number of people die from it every year.

The lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease is more than 50 per cent for both men and women. Approximately 17.7 million people died from cardiovascular disease worldwide in 2015, accounting for 31 percent of all the registered premature deaths.

According to the doctors, cardiovascular disease affects both men and women equally. A study has predicted that 23.6 million people will die from cardiovascular diseases annually by 2030, mostly due to stroke and heart disease. The statistics have proved that cardiovascular disease is very dangerous. However, it can surely be prevented by taking the necessary precautions and measures.

In order to counter the increasing death rate, stents are becoming increasingly common in several countries with the advancement of technology. A stent is a tube that helps in keeping the arteries open to carry the blood from heart to all the parts of the body. Most stents are made out of wire mesh and are permanent, while some are made out of fabric.

Several efforts have been made to bring the prices of these stents down by as much as 85 per cent. Earlier, the prices were very high which made it difficult for most of the patients to afford them. However, the prices have now been fixed at 29,600 and 7,260 for drug eluting stents and bare metal stents, which makes them affordable for most of the people.

According to the medical practitioners, some dietary and lifestyle changes can control the disease and decrease the rate of deaths caused by the same. However, the need of the hour is to spread awareness and incorporate the much needed medical facilities in all the hospitals across the country to prevent the disease from claiming more lives in the future.

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