Data from a recent survey from the Registrar General of India and the Indian Council for Medical Research show that lifestyle diseases like heart disease have overtaken poverty diseases of tuberculosis and diarrhea in terms of mortality.
The survey found that over 25% of the 130,000 deaths analyzed between 2001 and 2003 could be attributed to heart disease.
Advertisement"The sedentary lifestyle, over stressed life, bad eating habits and smoking are the other factors which have made heart disease an epidemic in India," said Dr.Vanita Arora, of the Cardiology Society of India.
Experts say that increased affluence of the middle-class where car ownership has increased as well as a fondness for fried sweets is to blame for the situation.
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