Nearly 40 per cent of all online cardiology-related consults were from men living in non-metros
According to the Indian Heart Association, 50 per cent of all heart attacks in Indian men occur under 50 years of age and 25 per cent of all heart attacks in Indian men occur under 40 years of age. In the last one year, awareness and concerns regarding heart issues has increased owing to the sudden demise of a few well known male personalities due to a heart attack or cardiac arrest.
Taking a closer look, Practo insights revealed a 300 per cent increase in cardiology related online consultations in men compared to last year while in-person appointments to cardiologists grew by 150 per cent for the same period.
From this, close to 60 per cent of both online and in-person cardiology related consultations were from men aged between 21 to 40. And nearly 40 per cent of all online cardiology related consults were from men living in non-metro cities.
The majority of queries were on ‘cardiac arrest’, ‘heart attack’, ‘coronary artery disease’, ‘How COVID-19 affects heart patients?” and “What are symptoms one should look out for in case of heart attacks?”
Dr Alexander Kuruvilla, Chief Health Strategy Officer, Practo, “India is known to have the highest cases of heart disease patients in the world, and heart related issues among men have become more prevalent in the last couple of years. Heart disease is a chronic medical condition that needs meticulous management. And a patient needs to have access to all the necessary facilities to manage heart related conditions. At Practo, we are focused on improving healthcare delivery in a way that is accessible and affordable for the patients across the country so they can live healthier lives longer. And digital healthcare has provided patients with a potent solution to seek help instantly with a verified doctor 24×7.”