Updated on 1 October 2013
King George's Medical University in Lucknow report predicts that cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) will claim 23 million people annually by 2030
New Delhi: King George's Medical University in Lucknow, India has released a report that show that Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) including heart disease and stroke, cause 17.3 million deaths each year worldwide. The report said that by 2030 it is expected that 23 million people will die from CVDs annually.
Presenting the report on World Heart Day (September 29), Associate Professor of the Department of Cardiology at the King George's Medical University in Lucknow, Rishi Sethi said, "Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), including heart disease and stroke, take lives prematurely. In fact, they cause 17.3 million deaths each year and the numbers are rising. By 2030, it is expected that 23 million people will die from CVDs annually."
He added, "Children are vulnerable too, the risk for CVDs can begin before birth, during foetal development, and increase further during childhood with exposure to unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and smoking."
He further advised that simple lifestyle changes like giving up tobacco could make a big difference to cardiovascular health.