Noting that the changing lifestyle leading to several heart-related problems among the youths, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Monday said efforts would be made to prevent such cases.
Ramadoss, who was in Mumbai to launch a dedicated helpline and air ambulance service for the heart patient by the city's Asian Heart Institute, said recent studies have also shown alarming facts about the increasing cases of heart problems and obesity.
About 14.1 per cent tobacco users are boys aged between 13 and 15 and age of taking alcohol among boys has come down to half in comparison to before, the minister said.
"It is important to prevent the cardiac problems by leading a healthy lifestyle," he said.
Ramadoss appreciated the new services, hailing the efforts made by Dr Ramakanta Panda, who also recently led a team of doctors that performed a by-pass surgery on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.
Ramadoss said such initiative should have been taken by the government.