‘India house to 10 million coronary heart failure sufferers’

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17

India is home to approximately 10 million heart failure patients, said Dr HK Bali, chairman of cardiac science at a hospital in Panchkula.

“When your heart muscles become weak and the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently through the body, such medical condition is called as heart failure,” he said.

A recent study has shown that heart failure patients in India have mortality rates of almost 23 per cent after 1 year of diagnosis. This is significantly higher than the mortality rates of patients in other parts of the world, said Dr Bali.

Common symptoms of heart failure are shortness of breath, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, swelling in legs, persistent cough, lack of appetite and fluid retention, he said.

Treatment modalities for heart failure include lifestyle modification, restriction of salt and fluid, regular exercise, weight reduction, control of BP, blood sugar levels and cholesterol and medicines.

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