World Heart Day is observed on 29th September every year across countries. A global initiative by World Heart Federation this year is to make everyone understand the importance of healthy heart and to keep it powerful. Efforts are being made to educate masses to adopt simple lifestyle modifications to keep away from heart diseases.
In this context Indus Health Plus released an abnormality report that indicates the growing trend in heart diseases. The sample size for the study was 24,642 people who underwent the preventive health check-up during January 2015 – August 2016.
The report indicates that 23% of working population of Mumbai is under the risk of developing CVD’s. Out of these, around 15-20% of them are females under the age bracket of 20 to 29 years.Out of all the women detected with heart problems, it was observed during the checkups that 35% of the women are from 40-50 age group and 50% are from the age bracket of 50-60 years that are at a risk of CVD.
Respite hectic schedule, working professionals have been detected with high sugar levels. 20-25% of young professionals with high diabetes are obese also. 15-18% of them work in over demanding jobs that have increased their stress levels making them potential cases of heart stroke. By and large there was an evident increase by 7-8% over the last year in the heart problem detections amongst younger generation in women.
Amol Naikawadi, Preventive Healthcare Specialist and JMD Indus Health Plus says, “On an average 2 out of 5 have been found with high cholesterol. Even those from middle age group, both males and females have been found with high cholesterol levels. There has been a shift in numbers in Mumbai. As compared to last year, 15-20% increase in young and middle age group cholesterol cases have been found.”
“This is a serious concern and so this World Heart Day our aim is to educate people to keep heart healthy through regular exercise, playing outdoor sports, eating balanced diet and maintaining ideal body weight. Besides lifestyle modification, preventive health check-ups and timely screenings are very useful in early detection of illnesses and risk factors” added Naikawadi.
The night life in the metros is majorly to be blamed for youngsters getting affected by lifestyle ailments. Late night parties, junk food, excessive intake of alcohol and tobacco in the form of cigarettes, hukka, gutkha, etc. are affecting youngster’s health in major metros. As young as 22-25 years old are potential cases of non-communicable diseases.A fast life in Mumbai has made many dependent on Trans-fat which adds fuel to the increasing numbers of cholesterol which has added to potential cases of various heart ailments by 11-12%. 8-10% of the women from this age group were also found with abnormalities of PCOs (PCO Syndrome). This abnormality has aggravated the cases of cholesterol level amongst women in Mumbai and this has made them potential cases of arteries blockages.