||Shivani Shukla, Prayagraj
The number of people killed in heart attacks has been increasing since 2014, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). While in 2014, a total of 18,309 people died due to heart attack, the number increased year after year and claimed 28,005 lives in 2019, up by 53% in five years.
The data also show there has been a steady increase in such cases across different age groups barring those below 14 years and in the age bracket of 14-18 years. NCRB started providing the age group wise details of such deaths from 2016.
The comparative analysis of the past four years of NCRB reports show that fatalities due to heart attacks in the age group of 18 to 30 years increased from 1,940 in 2016 to 2,381 during the last year. The trend was similar in the 30-45 age group. While in 2016, a total of 6,646 people died in this age bracket due to heart attacks, this touched 7,752 during 2019. In the 45-60 age group, the fatalities increased from 8,862 in 2016 to 11,042 during last year. In the 60 plus age group, 6,612 people died last year compared to 4,275 in 2016.
Dr Ashok Seth, chairman of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, said the increase in deaths due to heart attacks may be reflective of better data collection. “The incidence of heart attacks has certainly gone up, but so has the infrastructure. Ideally, the number of deaths should go down.”
Dr Viveka Kumar, principal director, cardiac sciences at Max Hospital, Delhi, said: “The mortality data from Registrar General of India shows 33% adult Indians died due to heart attacks. The major driver of increased mortality are conditions such as diabetes, smoking, BP and unhealthy lifestyle.”