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India to have 6.4 cr cardiac patients by 2015

New Delhi, Sept 8 (IBNS): The number of people affected by cardio-vascular diseases was about 3.8 crore in 2005 and may go up to 6.4 crore by 2015, according to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

In the recent years, there have been transitions in the healthcare sector, propelled by socio-economic and technological changes. Among these health transitions, the most pervasive change has been the rising prevalence of cardiovascular diseases (CVD).
However, what is more worrisome is the fact that a large chunk of Indian population does not have access to essential medicines to deal with the deadly diseases.

Dr. Nilanjan Banerjee, a general physician, said, “According to British medical journal Lancet, about 80% of Indians are averred from receiving essential drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular complications.

“The report highlights an average Indian suffering from heart attack or stroke was almost seven times less likely to receive common inexpensive anti-platelet drugs than people from developed countries.”

Moreover, heart disease is no longer confined to urban pockets any longer. It has already emerged as a major cause of death in rural areas.

According to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of people affected by cardio-vascular diseases was about 3.8 crore in 2005 and may go up to 6.4 crore by 2015.
 Other studies point out that the percentage of people aware of their condition is only 30 per cent in cities/towns and 10-12 per cent in villages.

Along with low access to the essential medicines, there are several other factors that have had a role to play in the increasing number of heart patients.

 Dr. A.K.Jhingan, Chairman DDRC, said: “The healthcare in India is becoming sordid as the day passes with dormant lifestyle habits such as excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking, irregular eating habits, lack of awareness about the lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cardiac diseases, arthritis, to name a few Arte leading to cardiovascular diseases.”

Access to quality healthcare for all in India has been a farfetched goal that has still not been achieved. With increasing number of patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases, it has become essential to find a way out.

According to industry reports, currently there are 1,350 new medicines in the making to tackle non- communicable diseases out of which 299 are for cardiac diseases.
These next generation medicines are expected to be far more superior and effective than the present variants and can make patients live longer, healthier and more productive lives.
However this process of drug development will be effective only if the medicines reach the patients who need them the most at the right time.

 

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