Doctors say, timely diagnosis and screenings go a long way in its management and control
Pune, May 18, 2017: It is a well acknowledged fact that India is the world capital of cardiovascular disease which has overtaken communicable diseases to become the leading cause of deaths among Indians. However, it is important to underline that most heart ailments can be prevented, or at least their impact can be controlled with regular preventive screenings, timely diagnosis and appropriate medical intervention.
To spread awareness about the need for prevention of heart diseases and controlling its risk factors, Columbia Asia Hospital, Pune conducted a cardiology camp on occasion of World Hypertension Day to promote the need for timely screenings and prevention.
Dr Mangesh Danej, Cardiologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Pune says, “Scientific data shows that more and more young people suffering from heart attacks. This shocking revelation, indicates that people of young age of 22- 38 are showing increasing prevalence for heart attacks. So, my request to young people is not to ignore any of the warning symptoms of chest pain, pressure, tightness or fullness, pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the jaw, neck, back or stomach, shortness of breath, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, nausea, and sweating, and come for regular cardiac screening”.
Cardiovascular disease is caused by disorder of the heart and blood vessels, and includes coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease and heart failure. While a person's genetic disposition and family history remain the most common and uncontrollable risk factors, majority of heart diseases may be caused due to controllable factors like blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet, stress and weight issues. In today's scenario, our lifestyle emerges as the biggest risk factor.
The ability to diagnose an imminent heart attack has long been considered the holy grail of cardiovascular medicine. So please visit emergency in case of Chest pain or discomfort, which may involve pressure, tightness or fullness, Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the jaw, neck, back or stomach, Shortness of breath, Feeling dizzy or lightheaded, Nausea, Sweating”says Dr. Rahul Patil and Dr. Yuvraj Bhosale, Consultant Cardiologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Pune
The special health camp at the hospital has adopted a comprehensive approach on preventive cardiology offering free consultations including free lipid profile and ECG with cardiologists using finest expertise and technology. Over 300 people participated in this cardiology camp, some even as young as 25 years.
“Hypertension is now affecting people in their 20’s. Youngsters working in MNC’s work under high stress levels and most of them engage in smoking and alcohol abuse. All these factors have contributed to the growing prevalence of Hypertension today. I still do cardiovascular exercises, aerobic exercises, and then strength training, as it's important to keep our muscle strength, as every decade we lose about 10% of this. So, my message to everyone is: it is essential to do have regular cardiac checkup if you have risk factors like Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol, smoking, obesity and family history of heart disease,” adds Dr Manohar Sakhare, Cardiologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Pune.
One of the biggest contributors to the rising number of heart attacks in the country is the lack of commitment to a heart healthy lifestyle. Your lifestyle is not only your best defense against heart disease and stroke, it's also your responsibility. Doctors at Columbia Asia Hospitals suggest you consult a cardiologist if you have symptoms like diabetes, hypertension, and breathlessness on exertion, obesity, family history of heart attacks, especially at a younger age, and for anyone over the age of 40 as a preventive measure.
Columbia Asia Hospitals strongly believes that focusing on treatment is no longer the only option; equal emphasis needs to be put on preventive education with the message, ‘when we touch hearts, it’s only felt, not seen.’