Cardiovascular disease accounts for 29% of all deaths globally every year, making it the world's number one killer. However, 80% of deaths can be prevented through information and awareness among people.
This was stated by Dr Rajneesh Kapoor, director of interventional cardiology division at Medanta Heart Institute in Gurgaon, while presenting his paper at the National Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme organised by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Patiala.
Dr Kapoor said research conducted till now showed that every year, 17.1 million lives were lost to cardiovascular disease, with 82% of the deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries like India.
"Recent research conducted by Medanta and other institutions have shown that India lacks in having correct knowledge about heart disease among people," Dr Kapoor said. "A survey has found out that 60% of the population in India has wrong or incomplete information about heart diseases."
Earlier, inaugurating the programme, rural development minister Surjit Singh Rakhra said the Punjab government was committed to provide the best healthcare facilities for the people of the state and added that cooperation from doctors would play a pivotal role in implementing the medical programmes.
Rakhra said the government had sanctioned Rs 359 crore for healthcare.
Chief guest Dr DR Rai, national honorary secretary of IMA, appealed to Rakhra to provide relief to nursing homes shut down due to the sealing drive in the city.
"These nursing houses were very important in Patiala and their shutdown would adversely affect the medical services, besides affecting the earnings of several doctors," said Rai.