Indus Health Plus data indicate that females are at equal risk of getting heart disease as males

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41% of males and 23% of females have an abnormality in coronary angiography

INDIA: This year’s World Heart Day theme is ‘Use heart for every heart’ with the sole purpose to focus on cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). To highlight the importance of Cardiovascular health, Indus Health Plus – a pioneer in preventive healthcare has observed trends related to heart health based on the healthcare check-ups conducted. The observation is on health checkups from the period April 2021 – March 2022 where it is clearly shown that 27% of the screened population had borderline conditions in 2D Echo and 5 % of females and 8% of males had an abnormality in the results during coronary angiography of heart. The sample size of the study was 9000 people.

Speaking on the health checkup data, Mr. Amol Naikawadi, JMD & Preventive Healthcare Specialist, Indus Health Plus said “Prevention is the most effective and efficient measure for counteracting the risk factors that can lead to developing heart failure or heart-related ailments. There is abundant medical evidence proving that a person can lower or prevent such risk factors as high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. It requires maintaining a healthy weight and diet and modifying certain lifestyle habits. If a person already has one or more risk factors, tight control of blood pressure or blood sugar and coronary artery disease can help prevent or delay the onset of heart ailments. Even modest weight loss and an increase in cardio-respiratory fitness can significantly improve heart health. Besides that, genetic testing also plays a vital role to determine the genetic risk of CVDs and therefore, allows an individual to make lifestyle modifications accordingly.

In addition, the data report suggests that 36% of males and 42% of females have bad cholesterol or LDL abnormalities, 17% of males and 10% of females have abnormal Triglycerides, and 27% of the screened population had borderline conditions in 2-D Echocardiography. The outcome of the report depicts the need for an emphasis on early detection and lifestyle modifications across the country.

Total Cholesterol

StatusFemaleMaleGrand Total
Normal69%76%73%
Borderline22%18%20%
Abnormal9%5%7%
Grand Total100%100%100%

LDL

StatusFemaleMaleGrand Total
Normal27%32%30%
Borderline31%33%32%
Abnormal42%36%38%
Grand Total100%100%100%

Triglycerides

StatusFemaleMaleGrand Total
Normal74%65%69%
Borderline16%17%17%
Abnormal10%17%14%
Grand Total100%100%100%

CT Angiography

StatusFemaleMaleGrand Total
Normal75%54%63%
Borderline13%19%17%
Abnormal9%16%13%
Urgent3%10%7%
Grand Total100%100%100%

2D Echo Cardiography

StatusFemaleMaleGrand Total
Normal75%54%63%
Borderline13%19%17%
Abnormal9%16%13%
Urgent3%10%7%
Grand Total100%100%100%

Indus Health Plus genetic data shows that for coronary artery diseases out of 7000 individuals 1500 tend to have a higher risk of coronary artery diseases and 1400 individuals have a higher risk of hypertension. 23% have shown a higher genetic predisposition to obesity leading to Cardiac Disorders.

The study revealed that the genetic tendency of cardiovascular diseases further increases the risk of multifold heart conditions. Therefore, it is recommended to go for regular health check-ups to prevent diseases. In fact, numerous studies and recent incidences have also revealed that along with lifestyle factors, there are some definite genetic parameters that indicate a predisposition (increased risk) to CVDs among youngsters. It is highly recommended that along with lifestyle changes, individuals & youngsters must opt for genetic testing to avoid these risks and stay ahead of time… after all, prevention is always better than cure.