The Economic Times World Heart Week 2017
Keeping this in mind, Economic Times through the "The Economic Times World Heart Week 2017" presents a conference designed to showcase diverse and current happenings in the medical fraternity that will keep medical professionals alongside of the issues affecting the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Cardiac disorders. A dynamic platform packed with Thought Leadership Sessions, Impact Sessions, Spotlight Talks, and Special Addresses. It is an opportunity for Participants to share best practices and New-Ideas in a comfortable, yet focused business setting. The Conference serves as a flag-off to a week-long activity spreading awareness related to heart ailments and disorders and the ways to combat them.
World Heart Day was crafted to apprise people around the Globe that heart ailments and strokes are the World’s leading cause of death. Together with bodies such as WHO, the World Heart Federation raises awareness that at least 80 percent of untimely deaths from heart disease and stroke could be evaded if the key risk factors – which are tobacco, unhealthy diet and lack of exercise – are controlled. About 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular disease in 2005, representing 30 percent of all global deaths. World Heart Day was first conceived in 1999 and is to be observed on the 29 of September 2017. The day propagates preventative methods to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

India has seen a brisk transition in its heart disease burden over the past couple of decades. The load of communicable and noncommunicable diseases is projected to get reversed in 2020. Demographic projections suggest a major increase in cardiovascular disease mortality as life expectancy increases and the age structure of the growing population changes.
A conventional assessment indicates that there could be more than 30 million heart patients in India, of which about 14 million are in urban and 16 million in rural areas. By the year 2020, the burden of Atherothrombotic Cardiovascular diseases in India will surpass other regions of the world, if the current trend continues.

The intensification of heart diseases is dependent on many intermingled factors such as aging, changing lifestyles and food habits. Precipitously evolving Socio-Economic factors like access to healthcare, environmental stress and income levels also impact cardiovascular diseases risk factors.

The major challenges being faced in cardiac care in India are low availability of facilities, lack of accessibility, and limited affordability of efficient and effective treatment, combined with lack of consciousness towards Non-Communicable Diseases(NCDs) including Cardiovascular Diseases(CVDs).