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Heart Related Problems-The Largest Killers In Andhra Pradesh

The myth that the cardiovascular diseases are a result of urban lifestyle was broken, by a three-year-old study in the rural Andhra Pradesh.// The study found that these diseases were among the largest and most silent of killers.

The study led by the Byrraju Foundation, an NGO, along with by four other leading institutes, The Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC), the CARE Foundation in India, the George Institute for International Health and the University of Queens land in Australia who had all participated in the study had found ample evidence to prove that cardiovascular diseases remain the biggest killer in villages too.

The team met in meet in New Delhi on 11th April to discuss progress of a major new health initiative in rural Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra Pradesh Rural Health Initiative – APRHI aims at highlighting the enormous problem of cardiovascular disease in the region. The Andhra Pradesh Rural Health Initiative (APRHI) is collaboration between these five groups. Since 2003, the APRHI group has worked to define the main health problems in the study region and to develop novel ways of dealing with them.

The pilot study assessed a population of nearly 1.8 lacs, involving 45 villages in East and West Godavari Districts of Andhra Pradesh. Extensive research conducted over the last two years has showed heart diseases as being responsible for an unexpectedly large number of deaths. This was contrary to wide beliefs, that communicable diseases such as malaria and childhood infections were responsible for most of the deaths.

According to the recent WHO report, cardiovascular diseases in India have accounted for almost 250 lives per every 100,000 deaths in the country. This has indirectly led to an adverse effect on the India economy with estimated reduction of more than 1 per cent in India’s GDP by 2015. India’s economy is estimated to lose more than US $ 200 million of the national income of the country.


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