World Heart Day today: Diabetes-induced heart diseases on the rise

Publication:The Indian Express, Pune Newsline

Date:29 September, 2016

Spokesperson: Dr Manjiri Kulkarni, Medical Director, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Pune


Deficiency of vitamin B12 has increased cases in the young generation. This has led to improper flow of blood and has increased the risk of heart ailments.

World Heart Day is observed on September 29 every year . A global initiative by the World Heart Federation this year is to make everyone understand the importance of a healthy heart and the ways to keep it powerful. Efforts are being made to educate the masses to adopt simple lifestyle modifications to prevent heart diseases.

City-based Indus Health Plus released an abnormality report that indicates the growing trend of heart diseases. The sample size for the study was 26,455 people, who underwent the preventive health check-up from January 2015-August 2016.

The report indicates that diabetes-induced heart diseases are on the rise by 20 per cent in Pune. 19 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women from the middle-age group were detected positive for diabetes. Diabetes, obesity and hypertension are the leading factors for aggravating heart ailments between the age group of 30-40 years — these three being the common linkage between most of the patients.

Amol Naikawadi, Preventive Healthcare Specialist and JMD Indus Health Plus, said, “Deficiency of vitamin B12 has increased cases in the young generation. This has led to improper flow of blood and has increased the risk of heart ailments. In a majority of young people, having a heart attack is caused due to clotting of blood. This is a serious concern and so this World Heart Day, our aim is to educate people to keep the heart healthy through regular exercise, playing outdoor sports, eating a balanced diet and maintaining ideal body weight. Besides lifestyle modification, preventive health check-ups and timely screenings are very useful in early detection of illnesses and risk factors.”

On the occasion of World Heart Day, doctors urge patients to be more aware of the condition and seek prompt medical attention if they suspect gestational hypertension. This will, in turn, significantly help improve pregnancy outcomes and reduce the high rates of morbidity associated with the condition. According to Dr Manjiri Kulkarni, Medical Director, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Shivajinagar, “Hypertension in pregnancy can lead to a serious condition called preeclampsia, characterized by high blood pressure, excessive excretion of protein in the urine and swelling in the feet, legs and hands. The condition usually appears late in pregnancy, generally after the 20-week mark. If left undiagnosed, preeclampsia can lead to eclampsia, a serious condition that puts both mother and baby at risk, and in rare cases may even cause death.”

Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital will conduct an awareness rally, Walkathon, on World Heart Day.The rally will commence at 8 am from Dange Chowk to Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, where paramedic staffs, doctors and nurses will take part.

The hospital’s cardiologists will provide free consultation and proper guidance to patients. The super-specialty healthcare facility is also organising an awareness session and consultation along with tests for staffs of Aditya Birla Hospital at the auditorium.

The awareness session will include sessions with the focus on effective detection of the disease in its early stages, customised diet plans, healthy eating and quitting smoking. Moreover, special cardiology treatment packages will be provided to internal staffs and patients.

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Original Source: The Indian Express, Pune Newsline


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