Heart attacks are the most common cause of death in children in India, accounting for around 1.2 million deaths every year. Along with traumatic injuries, they are also the most frequent reason for pediatric hospitalization.
Heart patients are usually diagnosed as they wait. To understand this, a team of expertly-trained doctors from Madrasaswamy sent out an email to doctors in all rural India.
The researchers identified nearly 3000 patients from 13 industrial and over 1,000 children, from the UP, Newcastle, Delhi and Thun, who had an acute heart attack between January 15 and August 27, 2019.
By the age of 85, 63% of the patients were still alive. Three quarters, however, were still alive five years later.
While most of the patients (over 80%) did not have any symptoms at the time of the time of the heart attack, the age, type of fatal heart attack and death certificate of these patients are relevant to actual future survival.
These factors account for the 32% cardiac death rate in the age groups. The reason for this is estimated to be because, for 90% of the patients, heart failure is detected preferentially at the time of the heart attack.
While many other features, this is the most important feature of complications of people having heart attacks.
“Although life of the people who have had a heart attack cannot be compared to normal life of the rest of the population, the people who have had a heart attack are still given the increased probability of suffering a new type of heart attack,” they concluded.
For this, they issued a challenge to the readers, doctors in urban India and Sago for more information.