Q&A with : Dr Mrinal Kanti Das, Consultant & Interventional Cardiologist, BM Birla Heart Research Centre, Ko
Updated on: 02 Jul 2016
Dr Mrinal Kanti Das, Consultant & Interventional Cardiologist, BM Birla Heart Research Centre, Kolkata, talks to ETHealthworld about the cardiovascular disease burden in India and how well are we tackling it.
1. How are we tackling coronary artery diseases today?
The cardiovascular illness is a non-communicable disease. Lately it has been found that almost 50% diseases that are taking our lives are non communicable diseases and out of these the cardiovascular illness is the most important one. Heart failure is another issue which is gradually increasing with increased age. So we were seeing that the cardiovascular disease is a great problem.
Coronary artery disease is attaining an epidemic proportion but because of the better facilities that are now available all across the country, though it is less in the rural areas, the scenario is changing especially among the high income group and they are having more longevity. Now the rural population are also changing their mindset and are approaching the doctors. So they are also getting the knowledge which is there with the present generation doctors.