Heart diseases much higher in economically underprivileged population: Dr Sushil

This he said during a daylong camp in block Bhalwal of the Mishriwala area, as a part of his awareness drive at the initiative of Vishwakarma Temple committee.

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Jammu, Publish Date: Dec 25 2017 1:30AM | Updated Date: Dec 25 2017 1:30AM
Heart diseases much higher in economically underprivileged population: Dr SushilFile Photo

A renowned cardiologist of the state Dr Sunil Sharma on Sunday claimed that heart diseases are much higher in the economically underprivileged population.

This he said during a daylong camp in block Bhalwal of the Mishriwala area, as a part of his awareness drive at the initiative of Vishwakarma Temple committee.

During the camp more than 200 people were examined and free medicines were given as per the requirement.

Dr Sushil also said that stressing socio-economic indicators as an important variable in influencing the health scenario of the state,  while elaborating upon this issue, he maintained that cardiovascular diseases were once thought to be impacting the rich and affluent, but it is now well established they afflict the poor as well. 

The issue of access and affordability account for higher mortality amongst the urban poor and rural population. While there is increasing availability and focus on curative care in urban areas, the issue in rural India is relatively complex and is one of improving awareness, access and affordability. The lack of awareness coupled with inadequate access to diagnosis leads to a very large number of patients needing tertiary care.The shortage of such high end facilities as well as their inability to pay leads to high mortality among the rural population, he added. 

 He also said that, urban poor and the rural people fall into a vicious cycle, already suffering from long term material deprivation, unhealthy living conditions and high levels of stress, they are more prone to risky behavior like smoking and drinking. This leads to the early onset of cardiac diseases amongst them. They tend to ignore the disease due to poor access to health care and high cost of treatment, and even if they do choose to go for medical treatment, it involves large out of pockets payments. Such expenditure referred to as catastrophic expenditure pushes near about 39 million Indians into poverty every year.  So the economically underprivileged section is more impacted by heart diseases and the control of the disease amongst them should be a high priority. A focused policy targeting CVDs among the economic underprivileged section of the society is the need of the hour, he added.

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