State sees 60 pc rise in cardiovascular diseases since 2008

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Oct 2018 10:58:34


Staff Reporter,


Chhattisgarh has seen prevalence of cardiovascular diseases with a sharp rise of 60% across the state over last one decade. The situation is so pathetic that at present, Chhattisgarh is numbered under first 12 states of the nation where heart diseases and deaths associated to it has been reported very high in time duration of 2008 to 2018. After cancer and tuberculosis, heart complication is a third major health disorder and reason of deaths in different parts of the state.

As per reports of cardiovascular diseases and deaths from it by health authorities, around 2,801 people lost their lives by heart stroke as well as coronary heart diseases across Chhattisgarh. Meanwhile, a decade ago (2007-08), around 1592 people at state lost their lives by these two heart complications. Similarly in 2016-17 and 2015-16, around 2620 people and 2453 people lost their lives by heart complications respectively in the state. The shocking part is that along with people of 40+ age groups, now youngsters in the age group of 18 to 30 years also come in contact of heart stroke or coronary heart problem and loss their lives too.

Earlier, heart complications and deaths from it reported maximum in urban localities of the state but now rural parts of Chhattisgarh also saw a rise in the cases of heart complications and deaths from it. In last few years, many deaths of youngsters even some of them in their teens reported from heart stroke or heart failure.

Probably heart complications or problems are the changing lifestyles that have led to increase in lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetic, obesity and asthma. These are risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and deaths from it.

‘It is a matter of concern that in spite of high education as well as awareness levels, there is no decline in the cases of cardiovascular problems and all of districts in Chhattisgarh reported maximum cases of deaths from heart stroke and other heart complications’ said Dr K Gurunath, renowned cardiologist. He also explained that there is no rural-urban divide here and with lifestyle and dietary complications, the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. The prevalence of cardiovascular diseases is less in those districts where people are engaged in physical activities and smoking and alcohol consumption is also less such as districts of Surguja division.

On the other hand, many health experts were of the view that owing to struggles of life and other problems, hypertension amongst people have also been increased and this is one of the major reasons for rising cases of heart complications in all parts of the state during last one decade.

‘This is not a surprise finding. The main reason for this is high prevalence of hypertension in the state. Due to this we detect and treat hypertension and other lifestyle diseases at primary level itself’ said Dr K Jain, one of the senior nodal officers of non communicable diseases control program in the health department of state.

Though deaths due to cardiovascular diseases in the state increased by 25%, but owing to awareness and some improvement in healthcare, disability due to it saw a decline in last few years. But it has also been found that many of patients with heart complications do not take their medicines regularly and also not go for health checkups at regular intervals of time. These things also led to cause more heart problems and death reports.