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'Deaths due to cardiovascular disease on rise in India'

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According to a recent study, deaths from are rising in

Led by Dr. Prabhat Jha, the research found that rates of dying from - cardiac issues caused by a narrowing of the heart's arteries - in populations aged 30 to 69 increased rapidly in rural areas of and surpassed those in urban areas between the year 2000 and 2015.

In contrast, the probability of dying from decreased overall, but increased in India's northeastern states, where a third of deaths occurred and only one sixth of the population lives. In these states, deaths due to were about three times higher than the national average.

"The finding that rose nationally in and that stroke rose in some states was surprising," said Dr. Jha. "This study also unearthed an important fact for prevention of death due to Most deaths were among people with a previously known cardiac disease, and at least half were not taking any regular medications."

Dr. Jha and his team also showed that younger adults, especially those born after 1970, have the highest rate of death due to heart problems caused by narrowing of the heart's arteries.

Cardiovascular disease, comprising mostly of and stroke, is the leading cause of death worldwide. Until now, most of the evidence of cardiovascular mortality in India has come from small, local studies or from imprecise modelling exercises.

"This work equips us with more detailed information that we couldn't have predicted based on earlier studies," said Dr. Jha.

"Making progress in fighting the leading cause of death in India is necessary for making progress at the global level," Dr. Jha said. "We demonstrated the unexpected patterns of and stroke deaths. Both conditions need research and action if the world is going to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of reducing cardiovascular mortality by 2030."

The study has been published in the journal The Lancet Global

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 13:00 IST
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