City hospitals to hold awareness drives to mark World Heart Day

A series of events have been organised in the city on Sunday to create awareness about the need for a healthy heart.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:September 29, 2013 3:10 am

A series of events have been organised in the city on Sunday to create awareness about the need for a healthy heart. This year,in line with the theme,efforts are being made to raise awareness on prevention and control of heart disease among women and children.

Lokmanya Hospital,Chinchwad announced the launch of their awareness drive ‘Dil Ke Liye Sabkuch’ on the occasion of World Heart Day (September 29). As a part of this drive,the hospital is organising a “complete heart check up” camp in the hospital that will go on till October 15 from 9 am to 5 pm. Dr Mangesh Kulkarni of the hospital said,“The average age of heart disease has come down to 30,due to our hectic lifestyle. Today most people are suffering from hypertension,which is one of the prime factors of heart failure.”

Inorbit Mall will also conduct an event on the occasion. Senior doctors from the Global Heart Foundation will talk about how to save and protect your heart. There will also be a one-to-one consultation on knowing your heart,healthy living,diet charts and harmful ailments. As a stress buster the mall has organised a Drum Circle.

On the occasion,Ozone Pharmaceuticals,a prescription drug manufacturing and marketing company has introduced a unique “Uniform Pricing Strategy” for the first time for cardio-diabetic products. The products are now available by the company for just Rs 2 per tablet,across the dosage strengths of medicines. This is an endeavour to help patients suffering from high blood pressure,high cholesterol and high blood sugar,a release here said.

“Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital’s cardiology team will provide consultation and proper guidance to the patients for further treatment at Chinchwad,their clinic at Aundh,Pimpri and emergency centre at Chakan. The awareness camp will highlight the do’s & don’ts for a healthy lifestyle,” said Ms Rekha Dubey,COO,Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital.

“The average age of people with heart ailments is coming down,” said Dr Rajiv Sethi of Aditya Birla Hospital. A half-hour walk or exercise regimen at home or office,five days a week can do wonders. Physical exercise,avoiding junk and oily food,not smoking and drinking less are some of the steps that must be adopted by people,” he further added.

A WHO report predicts that in the year 2020,2.6 million Indians will die of coronary heart diseases (CHDs),which constitute 54.1% of all cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths.

A recent report put together by Indus Health Plus,a preventive health check-up specialist and its various delivery partners,revealed that CVDs are increasing in Maharashtrians in the age group of 30 – 40 years. Lipid profile and cholesterol level have been observed to be high amongst men and women in the age bracket of 45-50 years. Amol Naikawadi,Joint Managing Director,Indus Health Plus said that cardiovascular diseases are taking a toll on women and children in India as well. The susceptibility ratio of men to women is 3:2 in a younger age group,but after menopause,the ratio becomes 1:1.”

Teen undergoes rare heart surgery

At Jehangir hospital,a complicated heart surgery was completed successfully on Anita Pagare,an 18-year-old. Anita was suffering from an anomaly of the heart called Ebstein’s abnormality of the tricuspid valve or Blue Baby Syndrome. The surgery was successfully done by cardiac surgeon Dr C B Kulkarni. The symptoms of the Blue Baby Syndrome are blue nails,heaviness in breast and breathing trouble. A week after her surgery,she was discharged and did not suffer from any complications.

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