Heart diseases responsible for one-third of all deaths above 40 years of age in Karnataka’: Cardiologists

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in India, with the country accounting for one-fifth of all cardiovascular deaths globally. Karnataka shows a similar pattern. More than one-third (37%) of all deaths in people above the age of 40 in Karnataka are attributable to cardiovascular diseases. Worse, their incidence is increasing. More people are dying of ischemic heart diseases today compared to 15 years ago. This was said by renowned cardiologists from Vikram Hospital Bengaluru in the run-up to the World Heart Day.

Said Dr. Ganeshakrishnan T Iyer, CTVS Surgeon, Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru: “Ischemic heart diseases account for the largest fraction of cardiovascular diseases. This is due to poor lifestyle and high incidence of risk factors like hypertension, use of tobacco, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, lipid abnormalities, etc. Life expectancy is increasing. In Karnataka, it was 62.5 years and 59 years for females and males, respectively, in 1990, which increased to 71.1 years and 67.1 years, respectively, in 2016. This has resulted in a large aging population with attendant cardiovascular problems such as valve diseases, heart rhythm problems like atrial fibrillation, and heart failure. These heart-related problems are on the rise among both genders across age groups in both …

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