Mumbai, Sep 28: On the eve of the World Heart Day, ICICI Lombard revealed shocking findings on root causes of heart ailments. Is it because of inadequate rest? Or is it because of heavy work load? Your heart is at the heart of your health and it’s easy to give it the care it deserves. Heart ailments are a growing problem in India and across the world. Eating habits and a person’s lifestyle hold key importance to the level of stress one faces on a daily basis. Also, lack of daily exercise and an improper consumption of nutrients required by the body due to busy lifestyle can be a cause of ill health and cardiac ailments. Also Read - 4 Pacers in WTC Final? Fans Curious After Virat Kohli Lauds Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj

ICICI Lombard conducted the national wide survey in the age group 25-55 and received over 1,100 responses from 11 cities. As per a poll conducted on September 29, 78% of the respondents believe stress is the chief trigger for heart ailments. The survey also mentions that heart ailments (67%) and high blood pressure (55%) are the main disorders caused by stress. However, it was found that women, especially from the non-metros (74%) do not attribute heart related ailments to stress. Also Read - ICC Announces Prize Money For Winners And Runners-Up of WTC

In the report, 80% of male respondents are under stress, more than their female counterparts (74%). When questioned about stress, inadequate rest (52%) and heavy work load (51%) emerged as the reasons behind triggering the condition amongst respondents. Lack of physical exercise was cited as one of the reasons for cardio vascular diseases with 56% of respondents voting the same, followed by obesity (46%). 54% of respondents believe that by making exercising a daily routine can help in avoiding heart ailments followed with limiting calories (49%). When it comes to one’s diet, majority population (27%) prefers a low cholesterol diet with more number of female respondents (30%).(ALSO READ: Over 90 per cent of world breathing bad air: WHO) Also Read - Video: Ravindra Jadeja Stars On Day 3 In Intra-Squad Match Simulation Ahead of WTC Final

The survey also shows that 68% of respondents have health insurance policy to manage health related expenses. Male respondents (14%) claim increasing the coverage of their health insurance on a regular basis to make provisions for any emergency whereas majority of females (25%) save money regularly to manage health related expenses. The survey also concludes those having health insurance and are not stressed are more confident with regarding their heart condition. Additionally, a high percentage of respondents (68%), the survey polled, own a health insurance policy to manage health related expenses. (ALSO READ: Air pollution a national crisis: Green bodies on WHO report)

Commenting on the survey, Sanjay Datta, Chief – Underwriting & Claims, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd. said, “At ICICI Lombard, we are focused on enhancing our Health & Wellness offerings and thereby address the critical health related needs of our customers. It is heartening to note the perceptible shift of people who are now taking into account heart ailments and the reasons that trigger them.

The World Heart Day, which is on September 29, is observed specifically to spread awareness about the factors that affect the human heart. Every year, the occasion is observed with a different theme with the theme in 2016 being ‘Light Your Heart, Empower Your Life’. (ALSO READ: Air Pollution could cause over 5 lakh premature deaths in India)

There are a number of ways by which one can avoid being a prey to various heart-related ailments. Do you know what it means to be heart healthy? Regular exercise and proper intake of nutrients can help you prevent ailments for life. Something that fuel your hearts and power your lives are just basic steps like eating healthy food, cutting down on alcohol. Avoiding the intake of nicotine too can improve your heart health and your overall well-being.