Mumbai: One in every five Indian adults living in urban cities suffers not only from hypertension but also diabetes. In Maharashtra, one
in three persons is struck by the twin epidemic.

This atlas on cardiovascular disease prevention and control documents the magnitude of the problem, using global cardiovascular mortality and morbidity data.

A comprehensive strategy for the prevention and control of NCDs must integrate public health actions to minimize risk factor exposure at the level of the population and reduce risk at the level of individuals at high risk.

Lifestyle-related diseases are now killing more Indians than the infectious ones.

The government will screen five crore people from across the country for hyper-tension and diabetes. Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that these lifestyle diseases pose a huge health risk.

Inaugurating a camp to screen slum-dwellers in Delhi for the lifestyle diseases, Mr Azad said,

It was once associated with the rich and urban. Today, hypertension is fast spreading in rural India. This is a cause for concern because hypertension, if not checked, can lead to heart and kidney diseases. Healthcare facilities are already poor in villages, where nearly three-fourths of Indians live.