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Cardiologists call for lifestyle and dietary changes for good heart health, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: Emphasizing on the importance of maintaining good heart health as heart diseases have become the major cause of death and are affecting the younger generation, the cardiac surgeons urged to maintain a sound heart health by following proper lifestyle changes, medication and regular heart health check-ups.

On the occasion of ‘World Heart Day’, ASSOCHAM held a webinar titled “Dil Ki Baat” as part of the Illness to Wellness campaign. The webinar’s paramount objective was to cascade awareness and disseminate knowledge about heart care symptoms and preventions to lead to healthier and stronger cardiovascular health.

Emphasizing on the importance of maintaining good heart health, Anil Rajput, Chairperson, ASSOCHAM CSR Council, said “There is no shortcut to a healthy heart. By incorporating heart-healthy habits such as having a nutritious diet, regular physical activity and taking remedial measures through lifestyle changes, medication and regular check-ups are key for maintaining sound heart health and enjoying a healthy life for years to come.”

Dr Praveen Chandra, Cardiologist, Chairman of Interventional Cardiology, Medanta, shared his insights on how a heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is severely reduced or blocked. The blockage is usually due to a build up of fat, cholesterol and other substances in the heart (coronary) arteries, he said. He also stressed upon prompt treatment needed for a heart attack to prevent death and not wait till the last hour.

Cardiovascular diseases kill more people in the world than coronavirus ever will, stated Dr Rajiv Passey, MBBS, DNB, DM, Cardiologist, Fellow of Indian College of Physician (FICP), Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. He further said both private and government sectors should work together to bring down the losses of lives through this disease as it accounts, he most deaths around the world. The symptoms can be hereditary, breathlessness, chest pain, dizziness, exertion, weakness in limbs, excessive headache. Moderation in lifestyle is vital. Seeing appropriate advice from a good cardiologist at the right time is essential.

Informing on the diagnosis of heart diseases, Dr Sushant Srivastava , Chairperson, Adult Cardiac Surgery and Heart Lung Transplant, Artemis Hospital, Gurugram, said tests or treatments to diagnose a heart attack include: ECG, MRI, angioplasty, statins, bypass surgery. Cardiovascular disease accounts for 32 per cent of all global deaths. Of these deaths, 85 per cent were due to heart attack and stroke, he added.

Dr Rajesh Kesari, Founder and Director, Total Care Control, Delhi – NCR EC Member, RSSDI, shared that heart diseases have become the major cause of death and are affecting the younger generation. This has a lot to do with the lifestyle with high calories, bad fats which come with fast foods, lack of physical activity, stress and even environmental pollution. A diet low on fats and whites like maida, sugar and salt yet colorful and rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits combined with daily physical activity not less than 150 mins per week would be beneficial in preventing heart diseases and deaths to a great extent, he said.

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