Sixty four per cent of cardiologists feel that stress is the main cause of cardiovascular ailments, says a report. Moreover, 68 per cent of doctors contend that any age group could be vulnerable to heart disease, it said. Sixty four per cent of cardiologists feel that stress was the main cause of cardiovascular ailments, contrary to popular belief that improper diet and lack of exercise were responsible for heart disease, said a report by ICICI Lombard. The study, which was conducted among 50 cardiologists, also revealed that age was not a determining factor with 68 per cent of doctors contending that any age group could be vulnerable to heart disease. Generally, people think that the 41-50 age group is most susceptible to cardiac ailments. Among other findings, 74 per cent of doctors said heart disease could affect people with any body type, while most people thought only the overweight were vulnerable. Cardiologists said 'high cholesterol' foods were the primary cause of heart disease, and not oily and fatty foods as people would think. According to doctors, extreme fatigue in males and chest pain in females are the symptoms to look out for in a possible heart attack. The cardiologists are unanimous in their view that those who exercise regularly are less vulnerable to heart disease, though 86 per cent said men were more susceptible than women, it noted. Interestingly, the doctors more or less concurred that residents of Mumbai and Delhi were more prone to cardiac conditions than their counterparts in other cities-underscoring the fact that stress brought on by a hectic lifestyle was chiefly responsible for heart disease. "The growing incidence of heart disease among the young and middle-aged is a wake-up call for people to take charge of their health by making small changes in their day-to-day habits and lessen the risk of heart ailments," said Sanjay Datta, chief-underwriting claims and reinsurance, ICICI Lombard. Among other findings, the report said 62 per cent of cardiologists believe 20-25 years to be the ideal age for buying health insurance and an average coverage of Rs 4.15 lakh for heart-related diseases.
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