Congenital heart disease causes over 78000 infant deaths in India each year
In a shocking revelation, experts have stated that over 78,000 infants born with congenital heart disease in India die, because of lack of awareness of the condition, as well as, inadequate medical facilities.
Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) is a medical condition in which there is a defect in a new born baby's heart structure and great vessels. CHD is considered the number one cause of birth defect related deaths. This medical condition is so common that, one in every 125 babies is born with a congenital heart defect; if left untreated, majority of these babies die before the age of one and those who survive, generally do not live to reach adulthood.
According to Dr Murtaza Chisti, Chief Cardiac Surgeon of the Mahatma Gandhi Cardiac and Critical Care Centre,
"every year 1.5 lakh infants are born in India with congenital heart disease."
Doctors state that most of these cases can be reversed with timely surgery, however in India due to poverty, illiteracy, late diagnosis and even ignorance; infants suffering from CHD are brought in too late for surgery and as a result die of complications like pneumonia and heart failure.
Off late heart problems have become a growing concern in India. Speaking at a medical camp, Dr Murtaza Chisti said:
"Work-related tension coupled with changed lifestyle of young people has resulted in even people in the age group of 30 to 40 years get heart attacks."
He advises taking care of one's heart through controlled diet and adequate rest.