PATNA: Every third youth from Bihar is suffering from hypertension—a development which has alarmed the health experts.
The startling revelation has come to light in a latest survey conducted by the Cardiological Society of India (CSI). The CSI came to the conclusion after studying the cases of 5,000 patients admitted to various health institutes of Patna with various cardiac problems.
The CSI found that of the total patients admitted there, some 2,000 youths had the problems related to blood pressure whereas 608 youths were suffering from hypertension. The survey also found the percentage of hypertension in youth class got doubled in the past five years. The cases of hypertension which was reported at only 15 percent in 2008-09 jumped to 30 percent in 2015-16.
The study also revealed 30 percent of patients were suffering from coronary artery disease whereas 15 percent had the symptoms of acute heart attacks. Majority of the patients suffering from these problems were in the age-group of 30-45. The survey was carried out on about 30,000 patients admitted to the cardiology department of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), Patna.
Experts say growing dependence on junk food, increasing craze for wine and smoking and irregular life style have led to spread of such problems among the youth community. They have suggested the affected class to take morning stroll for at least 40 minutes each day, eat more green vegetables and seasonal fruits and practice yoga to avoid cardiac complications.
“The way the heart-related problems are gripping the youth class is indeed a danger signal. They could take an epidemic proportion if the young generation did not take preventive measures,” said Dr BP Singh, cardiology department head at the IGIMS.
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