New Delhi: India is set to witness a spike in deaths due to heart diseases, far exceeding that of China, with more and more younger people falling victim and a large percentage of patients coming from south India, said an expert.According to well-known radiologist Harsh Mahajan, by 2020 India will have more than 4.77 million deaths a year due to cardiovascular disease (CVD) and 2.58 million deaths due to coronary heart diseases (CHD).China, which has the world`s largest population at 1.34 billion, will have 4.53 million deaths due to CVD and 1.37 million due to CHD by 2020. The figures are from the Global Burden of Diseases Study conducted by WHO.While north Indian states - including Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh - have a high percentage of people suffering from heart diseases, south Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu have a higher prevalence of CHD, he said quoting from a study.
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