Heart disease deaths in India: What statistics show
A combination of poverty, ignorance, lack of access to quality care and smoking may be driving heart disease-related deaths in India, the study shows
New Delhi: Deaths from heart-related disease among rural Indians have surpassed those among urban Indians, according to a forthcoming study in The Lancet. The study, to be published in the August edition, also suggests that unlike in the West, obesity may not be a big driver of such deaths in India. The study, which provides the first-of-its-kind nationally representative estimates of cardiovascular mortality in India, shows that heart ailments caused more than 2.1 million deaths in India in 2015 at all ages, or more than a quarter of all deaths. At ages 30-69 years, of 1.3 million cardiovascular deaths, 0.9 million (68.4%) were caused by coronary heart disease and 0.4 million (28.0%) by stroke. Adults born after the 1970s are much more vulnerable to such deaths than those born earlier, the study shows.