Sunday, April 29, 2007

71 % people in bhopal suffer with heartburn

Heartburn is a painful or burning sensation in the oesophagus, caused by the regurgitation of gastric acid. The pain often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck, throat but has nothing to do with the heart. It is so called because of a burning sensation of the breastbone, although some heart problems have a similar sensation to heartburn. If left untreated, it can lead to ulcers or bleeding of the oesophagus and may be at later stage to cancer of the food pipe. As per the study conducted in eight cities by Health Care Welfare Society (HCWS) of Ahmedabad, among 400 respondents in these cities aged between 25-55 years, who reported heartburn or acidity at least once a month. People of Bhopal reported 71 % prevalence of the heartburn which was among highest three. Delhi recorded the highest at 82 per cent and others were as follows –

1. Kolkata 68 per cent
2. Lucknow 65 per cent
3. Mumbai 75 per cent
4. Chennai 66 per cent
5. Ahmedabad 68 per cent
6. Hyderabad 72 per cent

Irregular timing of meals was found to be a major cause for the ailment. The survey had over 57 per cent of respondents blaming irregular eating habits as the main reason for their frequent bouts of heartburn. As per HCWS heartburn is becoming the single most important factor behind the rise in gastro oesophageal reflux disease, which is at present affecting three out of every five urban Indians.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

good piece