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WHO calls for action to reduce heart diseases in women

On the occasion of the World Heart Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed strong concerns over heart diseases among Indian women going undetected and hence, not treated in time. WHO says, cardiovascular diseases is “under- recognised” and remain “under-treated”.

A corresponding study released by ‘Saffola Life’ also reinforces the concerns with over 60 per cent of Indian urban women in the age group 30-45 years observed at a high risk risk of cardiovascular diseases.

The study by Saffola Life also states that lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, overweight and obesity, harmful alcohol use and physical inactivity, as well as physiological risk factors such as elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes mellitus are the prime reason triggering the bad heart condition. Incidentally, these factors are the same as found to common for declining cardiovascular health in men also.

The WHO has set a target for reducing premature mortality from cardiovascular disease and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by 25 per cent within 2025 in the south east Asia region.

Additionally, in the South-East Asia region, exposure to household air pollution from using solid fuels for cooking substantially increases the risk of heart disease in women.

To reduce risk of cardiovascular disease in women she called upon health-care providers to be alert in recognising and managing cardiovascular disease risk in the fair sex.

“On World Heart Day this year, WHO is also calling on countries to take action to reduce heart diseases in women. Cardiovascular diseases are a major health problem among women and remain under-recognised and under-treated,” Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, said in a statement.

The theme for his year’s World Heart Day is ‘Healthy heart choices for everyone, everywhere’.

“It is a call to all sectors of government and society to create heart-healthy environment and provide heart-healthy choices for all individuals, where they live, work and play,” WHO said.

Source: PTI
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