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Delhi Life-Style - Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:36:38 PM

New Delhi, (Agencies): A cardiology expert on Saturday said that changing lifestyle, stress and a poor metabolic profile are making young and middle-aged women more susceptible to heart diseases,.

V Hariharan, senior consultant cardiologist at the Indraprastha Apollo hospital said,"Women were earlier considered to be at a lesser risk of Heart diseases. However, with changing times and sedentary lifestyle, their hormonal make-up has also changed which has made them more susceptible to heart diseases," said

"Obesity, use of contraceptives, smoking, stress, unhealthy eating are just some of the causes responsible for heart diseases in men and women," Hariharan said at the 'Billion Hearts Beating Campaign' where school children and college students had gathered to sign for a campaign to spread awareness on heart diseases.

Hariharan added, "Women between 15 to 45 years, that is the child-bearing age, are becoming more prone to heart ailments."

Delhi University colleges such as Miranda House, Sri Venkateshwara College, Hansraj College, and Hindu college students also participated in the campaign.

According to Centre for Global Health Research, heart ailments are the main reason for deaths in both urban and rural India.

"About 25 percent of deaths in the age group of 25-69 years occurred because of heart disease. In urban areas, 32.8 percent deaths occur because of heart ailments, while this percentage in rural areas is 22.9," said the study.

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