New Delhi: Around 80
percent of cardiac deaths in the country can be prevented if
people are made aware about heart diseases, Medanta Heart
Institute said Saturday.
"Correct information and awareness amongst people can prevent 80
percent cardiac deaths as 60 percent population in India has wrong
or incomplete information about heart diseases," said Rajneesh
Kapoor, director of division of interventional cardiology at the
According to Kapoor, people tend to link chest pains with heart
attacks whereas the discomfort may spread to neck, left arm or
"Some people think that only overweight people get heart attacks,
which is not true. Heart attacks are not related to weight, it's
related to cholesterol level," added Kapoor. "Misconceptions can
lead to deaths."
As per Medanta, cardiovascular diseases cause 29 percent of all
deaths globally each year, making it the world's number one
Every year, 17.1 million lives are claimed by cardiovascular
diseases, with 82 per cent of deaths occurring in low- and
middle-income countries like India.
However, a healthy diet, not smoking and being physically active
are key to building a healthy heart, advised Kapoor.