Why Do Indian Suffer From Heart Attacks Eight To Ten Years Earlier

Why do Indians suffer from Heart attacks eight 8 to 10 years earlier than people from other ethnic backgrounds?

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Why Do Indian Suffer From Heart Attacks Eight To Ten Years Earlier

About for Indians between 30 and 50 years of age suffer a fatal heart attack

Why do heart problems kill so many Indians?


South Asians have four times higher chances of getting heart disease than any other ethnic group around the world. Indians, therefore suffer heart attacks 8 to 10 years earlier than people from other ethnic backgrounds.

This is because south Asians are prone to high blood pressure, Non- optimal cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes at low body weights than others.


Bad eating habits include salty food, fatty food, sugary food. Lead to a build-up of bad cholesterol, hypertension which end up putting undue pressure on the heart.

Lack of sleep, exercise. Can trigger obesity, stress, diabetes which risks heart disease.


India is the diabetes capital of the world.
Its prevalence among young people has increased to more than 10 % and diabetics are three times more vulnerable to heart disease.

An increase in blood sugar, chances of clots, and inflammation in the walls of arteries due to the disease can lead to a heart attack.


Tobacco consumption mostly in the form of cigarettes and bidis is a dominant cause of heart attacks in young people.

The high level of carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke cuts down the oxygen that blood carries. And when vital organs such as the heart do not get enough oxygen, they end up malfunctioning.

Tobacco also affects the arteries by causing plaque build-up, fat build-up, and constricted arteries don’t make for the best passage for blood from the heart to other organs.


Alcohol causes the arteries to stiffen faster than they usually do from aging. Lesser flexible arteries areas more blood pressure which can end in a heart attack.

The prevalence of drinking with smoking in the younger population does not make their case any easier either.

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