Indian Poverty and Cardiovascular Disease†Conflict of interest: Dr. Alpert has been a consultant for Sanofi-Aventis, Paris France; Novartis International AG, Basel, Switzerland; Exeter CME, Inc., New York, New York; and King Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Bristol, Tennessee.

Radhakrishnan Ramaraj, Joseph Stephen Alpert

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-106
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Volume102
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 7 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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