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India to have highest number of heart disease in future: BMBHRC

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Aug 9 (UNI) India will have the highest number of heart disease globally in the near future if people do not change their lifestyles, said BMBHRC Deputy Director Dr Anil Mishra.

Speaking at a health awareness programme organised yesterday by the B M Birla Heart Research Centre on 'World Senior Citizen's Day,' Dr Mishra said, ''The number of heart patients is growing rapidly in the country and it is an alarming situation for India in the next 10 to 20 years. The risk will increase if people do not change their lifestyles and food habits.'' He advised people to ensure healthy lifestyle by simple intervertions such as proper food, ample physical exercise, yoga, avoidance of tobacco and alchohol.

He also said the people, who stay slim, usually have a low risk of developing heart disease.

City's Sheriff Dr Amal Chakraborty said it is important for senior citizens to lead their lives with independence and dignity.

''We have asked the state government to begin the medical insurance scheme for the senior citizens in both district and rural areas,'' he added.

Mr M L Pachisia, a member of the BMBHRC managing committee, said that the aim of the health awareness programme was to empower and encourage senior citizens to lead confident lives and educating them about aging.

BMBHRC COO Suyash Borar said, ''A Speedy recovery does not depend only on medication. The patients could lead fruitful lives through our sincere efforts.'' UNI AKM JYN AKJ BS0837

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