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98% Indians are unaware of life-saving technique during heart attack


Doctor holding heart

New Delhi: Around 98 per cent Indians are not trained in basic life-saving technique of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during sudden cardiac arrest, shows a survey conducted by an online doctor consultation platform, reports IANS.

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In India, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a major cause of death due to cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and shockingly 60 per cent of the people who suffer an SCA succumb to it even before they reach hospital.

The survey conducted in 20 Indian cities among the age group of 25-50 showed that less than two per cent of the 100,000 surveyed agreed to knowing the technique, while only 0.1 per cent said they have performed it at least once on someone in case of an emergency.

Even though people in metropolitan and Tier 1 cities are more proactive about their health, the knowledge of CPR is dismal even among them, with 95 per cent of the people claiming to have no knowledge about administration of the procedure.

“Indians are predisposed to heart conditions and even though cardiac-related conditions are taking a huge toll on human lives in the country, it is very sad that people are not aware about CPR or are trained to perform it,” said Saurabh Arora, founder and CEO of  Lybrate, in a statement.

Spare tires, love handles worsen heart disease risk

Washington: Having ‘spare tires’ – hidden fat in the abdomen – as well as ‘love handles’ or visible flab, may worsen heart disease risk factors, a new study has found, reports PTI.

The study by US National Heart Lung and Blood Institute also found that the density of the stomach fat is just as important as how much fat you have. In general, the higher the fat content, the lower the attenuation, or fat density.

These adverse changes in cardiovascular risk were evident over a relatively short period of time and persisted even after accounting for changes in body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference, two commonly used methods to estimate whether someone is a healthy weight or not.

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Previous studies showed that people who carry excess abdominal fat around midsection or so-called ‘spare tire’, tend to face higher risks of heart disease compared to people who have fat elsewhere. “We show that an increase in the amount of stomach fat and a lower density fat is associated with worse heart disease risk factors, even after accounting for how much weight was gained,” said Caroline Fox, who was at the US National Heart Lung and Blood Institute during the research.