The current status of heart disease in India is alarming, with projections suggesting that by the year 2020, the burden of cardiovascular diseases in India will surpass that of any other country in the world.

It is estimated that 17.5 million people die each year  in India from cardiovascular diseases, amounting to a staggering 31% of all deaths worldwide. 80% of all cardiovascular deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes, 74% of urban Indians are at risk of cardiovascular diseases.

There are estimated 40 million heart patients in India. Out of which 19 million reside in urban areas and 21 million in rural areas. This suggests heart diseases are fast becoming an epidemic in rural India and a structured solution is needed for combating the issue.

For more statistics on Heart attacks in India please see our infographic on heart disease:

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