Saturday, September 23, 2006

Prevalence rate of heart attack very high in Kerala

The prevalence rate of heart attack in Kerala was very high, renowned Cardiologist and President of Cardiological Society of India, Kerala Chapter, Dr Geevar Zachariya said today.

He told reporters here today that the prevalence rate in Kerala was between 10 and 12 persons among 100 adults in the cities and 6 and 7 in rural areas as against the national average of six and eight.

Dr Zachariya attributed the high prevalence rate to the 'highly competitive' nature of life of the people of Kerala.

He said that the expenses for treatment of heart diseases in Kerala have not gone up for the last 10 years.

Zachariya said that the 'World Heart Day' would be celebrated on September 24 here under the auspices of the Society.

He also said that exercise, balanced food and avoiding of smoking was necessary to prevent heart attack.


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