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Insurance firm: Heart disease rising among young

Posted October 6th, 2017, 12:29 PM IST

Insurance firm: Heart disease rising among young

Bengaluru: Recent data provided by an insurance company presents a worrying picture about the cardiac health of the millennials. Data shared by SBI General Insurance shows that claims related to cardiovascular diseases among the 35- year- olds and below have risen alarmingly in 2016-2017 as compared to 2015-2016.

"Our data points to increased incidence of cardiovascular diseases among the millennials perhaps due to greater stress, long working hours and sedentary lifestyles. The majority of claims settled are for ischemic heart disease, angioplasty, myocardial infarction, rheumatic heart diseases and CABG surgeries," reveals Mr Sukhesh Bhave, deputy vice president, accident and health claims, SBI General Insurance.

A survey by Indus Health Plus too reveals that CVD has increased by eight per cent among Bengalureans this year when compared to last year and 30- year- olds are at higher risk of heart disease. Forty five per cent of those surveyed in this age group were men and 38 per cent women

"In Bengaluru young working women between 25 and 35 years of age are becoming prone to heart disease due to lack of oestrogen. Prolonged intake of painkillers and hormonal and contraceptive pills can cause clotting of blood in the arteries. This coupled with an unhealthy lifestyle and stress increases the risk of heart disease. Lifestyle modifications and inclusion of exercise like jogging and climbing stairs and healthy eating can help in reducing the risk of heart ailments," says Mr Amol Naikawadi, preventive healthcare specialist with Indus Health Plus.

Dr Avinash Phadke, president, technology and mentor (clinical pathology) of SRL Diagnostics, notes that the burden of cardiovascular disease has been growing steadily over the past few decades in the country.

“Most women worry about breast cancer, but more women die from heart attacks. In India cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women. It’s an alarming situation as heart attacks appear

differently in women than in men and prove more fatal in the post-menopausal women. We should all work together to spread awareness in society about this fact," he adds.