One in 10 Indians who got an angioplasty in 2015 was under 40
Sedentary lifestyles, poor fitness levels and too much fast food is catching up with Indians under 40.
A recent study shows one in 10 Indians who underwent an angioplasty procedure in 2015 was under 40. The National Interventional Council, an association of cardiologists, analysed data from 3,53,000 angioplasty procedures to arrive at their findings.
An angioplasty is a procedure where a doctor places a stent in the heart’s arteries to correct a critical block that could lead to a heart attack. The stent widens the arteries that were narrowed down by cholesterol deposits.
The study found that in eight out of 10 patients who had an angioplasty last year, only one vessel of their heart was diseased. This means the blockages are being picked up early, said Dr NN Khanna, the council chairman, instrumental in collecting the data from 614 surgery centres across India.
Sedentary lifestyle, tobacco use and too much fast food has led to the proportion of Indians under 40 with heart disease more than doubling in the past two decades, doctors said.
“Earlier, we saw three to five percent of Indians under 40 with coronary artery disease,” said Dr Prafulla Kerkar, head of the cardiology department at the state-run KEM Hospital.
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