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‘Hypertension rising steeply in India’

Thu, Oct 15, 2015, 01:46 PM
Kolkata, Oct 15: With one in every three Indians suffering from hypertension and heart ailments responsible for over 30 percent of deaths in the country, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are acquiring epidemic proportions in India, warn experts.

"Hypertension is a silent killer; all the comorbidities, whether heart problems, brain stroke, kidney or stroke, are produced because of uncontrolled blood pressure," Cardiological Society of India (CSI) president and eminent cardiologist H.K. Chopra told IANS.

According to a recent CSI survey that covered 200,000 people across 24 states, one third of the country's population suffers from hypertension - the main cause of comorbidities like heart and brain strokes - and compounding the misery, a whopping 60 percent of them are unaware about the malady.

Raising a red alert about the steep rise in hypertension, Chopra and other cardiologists blame faulty lifestyle, especially the intake of salt well beyond the permissible limits, for the proliferation of the malady that has been affecting the younger generation with alacrity.
Agency: IANS

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