Indian poverty and cardiovascular disease.

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Journal Article (Review)

Cardiovascular disease is among the world's leading causes of death, and nearly 80% of deaths occur in developing countries. Cardiovascular disease is becoming a major health problem in India, where life expectancy has increased with decreases in infectious disease and childhood mortality. It is well established that this population experiences coronary artery disease at a younger age than other populations. With infectious diseases still endemic, noncommunicable diseases are a lower priority for the governments of developing countries. There is a clear progression to degenerative and lifestyle-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease as a result of current social and economic change. The lack of a public response to the increasing risk for cardiovascular disease thus far is due mostly to a perception among policy makers and the public that cardiovascular disease is largely a problem of the urban rich. In conclusion, this review addresses the imminent threats and ways to tackle the epidemic in India.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ramaraj, R; Alpert, JS

Published Date

  • July 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 102 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 102 - 106

PubMed ID

  • 18572045

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18572045

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9149

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjcard.2008.02.104

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States