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4 Heart Day Facts That Will Surprise You!

The recent death of Raju Srivastava has once again highlighted the high fatality rate caused by heart diseases. Across the world, cardiovascular diseases or CVDs are one of the leading causes of mortality. An estimated 17.9 million people perished due to CVDs in 2019, contributing to 32% of deaths globally. Out of all the people who died from CVD, 85 percent of people suffer from a stroke and heart attack. Further, a quarter of these CVD deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.


Keeping these statistics in mind and the enormous need for the prevention of heart disease, World Heart Day is an incredible platform to spread awareness about how people can prevent cardiac issues and reduce the burden caused by this condition. Because the human heart is crucial to a person's survival, keeping it healthy with a well-balanced diet, adequate sleep, and stress busters like meditation and yoga coupled with daily physical exercise while avoiding things like smoking and alcohol that can damage the arteries of the heart. Ahead are some heart health-related facts that you may not know.

1. Lack of physical activities

According to National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health, a lack of physical activity can increase the risk of cardiac issues, even if a person does not have any other risk factors. 2 Besides cardiac problems, being sedentary can also increase the likelihood of several other chronic diseases like obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. Further, a completely sedentary lifestyle is hazardous and can sometimes put you at risk, like smokers.

2. Timely treatment is essential for cardiac issues

Coronary arteries are only about 3-4 mm in diameter. Over time, a person consuming too many processed foods, including fatty and greasy items, can cause extreme damage to the arteries. Additionally, if any significant heart artery is blocked for more than 30 minutes, it can impact the muscles in the heart, leading to a severe medical condition. This is a sign of a heart attack or cardiac issues; if a person suffers from it, they require immediate medical attention. In such a scenario, a common symptom is chest pain that must be brought to a doctor's attention immediately.

3. The risk of blood pressure increases with age

In people above the age of 80, there is a 60 percent chance that they will have high blood pressure. This is mainly because as we get older, the arteries in our body get stiffer, affecting the blood pressure level. This can be true even for people with heart-healthy habits, and the vulnerable population must monitor blood pressure regularly. A recent nationwide survey by ICMR has shown that 28 percent of adults in India have hypertension, and nearly 77 percent are undiagnosed, leading to a high burden of hypertension in the country.

4. The prevalence of coronary heart disease has increased in India

Indians and Southeast Asians are at a higher risk of contracting a heart condition than their western counterparts. This is evident in the prevalence of heart-related diseases that have substantially increased in rural and urban India over the past several decades. The rate of coronary incidences has risen from 1.6 percent to 7.4 percent in rural people and from 1 percent to 13.2 percent in urban populations. In 2021 there was a six-fold rise in cases related to cardiac issues in Mumbai.


Today, this condition claims as many lives each year as cancer, chronic lung diseases, accidents, and diabetes combined. Some simple habits that can help you prevent a heart attack include the following:

  • Focus on a diet rich in fiber, high protein, and low fat.
  • Have a breakfast that is large and keeps you full for the day. Your lunch and dinner should be smaller in comparison.
  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes daily, at least five days a week.
  • Use the staircase whenever possible and avoid lifts. Alternatively, it would help if you also chose to walk small distances instead of using vehicles.
  • Get adequate sound sleep for at least eight hours a day.
  • Quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption as far as possible.
  • Practice stress busters like meditation, yoga, and breathing tactics.



Dr. Prashant Pawar, Consultant Cardiologist

Fortis Hospital Vashi

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