MADURAI: Increase in volume of cases with cardio-vascular diseases poses a serious challenge to healthcare experts, said V.N. Rajasekaran, Medical Director, Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre, here.

At a press conference here, he said minimising all risk factors meant to cause cardiac ailments was the first and foremost job on hand for cardiologists.

Quoting studies about the risk factors, interventional cardiologist Dr. R. Sivakumar said that one in every 3 deaths in the country would be due to cardio-vascular disease. He expressed concerned at those in the productive age group getting affected by the disease.

Citing sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure and high fat content as reasons for inviting trouble, he advised regular brisk walking, low calorie diet, eating lot of fruits and vegetables, periodic health check up, proper control of hypertension and diabetes and weight reduction as possible steps to prevent cardio-vascular disease.

Interventional cardiologist Dr. S. Selvamani cautioned youth against smoking and consuming alcohol without control.

The advice came on the eve of World Heart Day, which falls on September 30.