Vietnam has seen a higher rate of local young people with heart problems and high blood pressure, according to the Vietnam Heart Association.
The Vietnam Heart Association is organising the 17th Vietnam National Congress of Cardiology. At the online event, Dr Pham Manh Hung, deputy head of the association and head of Vietnam National Heart Institute, said that up to 20% of Vietnamese aged below 40 are facing high blood pressure. The disease previously only largely affected elderly people.
Dr Pham Manh Hung at the 17th Vietnam National Congress of Cardiology
Heart-related problems have been detected among people aged between 25 and 40 Hung added, noting that alcohol, smoking, being overweight, a sedentary lifestyle and stress were among major causes.
Up to 25% of the Vietnamese population is struggling with cardiac issues.
According to Hung, heart disease is responsible for the highest rate of death and disability.
The World Health Organisation reported that up to 17.5 million people across the world die of heart problems every year.
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