One in 10 In­di­ans who got an an­gio­plasty in 2015 was un­der 40

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Priyanka Vora priyanka.vora@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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