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Indians Three Times More Prone to Cardiac Arrest Than Americans: Study

   |  Updated: December 29, 2015 13:10 IST

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Indians Three Times More Prone to Cardiac Arrest Than Americans: Study
Indians are three times more prone to cardiac arrest than Americans owing primarily to poor lifestyle, eating habits and genetic reasons, medical experts have said. While on an average, the Americans suffer from cardiac arrest in their 50s, Indians get it in their 40s, the prime reason behind it being lifestyle and food consumption. Genetically also the disease is likely to be passed down in Indian families three times more than American families.

"The cardiac problem has emerged the number one killer in India which has left the rest of the world behind," said Pawan Sharma, an eminent cardiologist, at a conference on cardiac death hosted by the Heart Care Centre.

He said better health care and advances in medical sciences in developed countries had helped curb the death rate ascribable to heart conditions. Several speakers at the conference said heart problems in India were best tackled through widespread awareness campaigns focused on prevention and lifestyle changes rather than relying on India's inadequate medical resources.

Sanjay Tyagi, Director, Govind Ballabh Pant hospital, said: "It's a myth that anyone developing chest pain and suspecting an impending cardiac attack should be immediately administered sorbitrate before medical care could be reached for management and treatment of the condition".

There was a consensus that suspected cases should first be put on disprin as every instance of chest pain was not necessarily heart attack and starting treatment on just having the pain was not advisable, he said.

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