Chennai: Changing lifestyle pattern, coupled with lack of physical exercise has put 74 per cent of urban Indians at risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases (CVD), a recent study has revealed. The study, jointly conducted by Saffola Life and Indian Public Health Association across 22 cities over the last two years, has found that 72 per cent of women in the 40-44 age-group are at high risk of heart ailments, compared to 57 per cent in the 30-34 age group. Noted cardiologist Professor Muthuvel Somasundaram, who is one of the members of the research team, said the reason behind the increase of heart-related risks was lack of physical exercise, improper food practices and smoking. The study was released ahead of the World Heart Day on September 29, he said.
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