Economic Times waves off the week long activity to spread awareness related to heart ailments

September, 2017: As India carries the burden of the highest number of cardiovascular diseases, The Economic Times hosted a conference that bought together the medical fraternity to discuss issues affecting the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Cardiac disorders in India. The Economic Times World Heart Week was held today in Mumbai at The Leela.

During the conference, Deepak RamchandraSawant, Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, congratulatedThe Economic Times for spreading awareness related to heart ailments anddisorders. He also urged the cardiologists at the conference for an opendiscussion with the government and helping them address the situation. Headded, “In a recent death audit for swine flu it was found 50 percentdeaths were because of victims having hypertension and diabetes. The situationis of grave concern to us and I request the cardiologists to help with whatmeasures the Maharashtra government should take up.” Ministersaid, “As a part of the Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Yojna we arecovering angiography and angioplasty. We are also taking care of diabetes inthis Yojna but specialist advice is important.”

As part of the summit, the Hon’ble Ministerfelicitated doctors for their outstanding contribution to the field ofcardiology. 

Remarking on the pioneering effort made by thegroup, Deepak Lamba, President –Times Strategic Solutions, said, “Thesummit was crafted to spread awareness about cardiac health throughknowledgeable speakers and also to showcase the diverse and current happeningsin the fraternity. Through this summit, we hope to identify the key concerns,best practices and new solutions for curing heart ailments.” 

Talking of the cardiovascular burden India iscarrying Dr. Vijay Sadashiv Joshi, President Eris Lifesciences said,“Accordingto an article I read, in developed countries lives lost because of deaths are800 per 100,000, in China its 250 per 100,000 and it was shocking to read thatits 450 per 100,000 in India. What was even more alarming was that 80 percentof these deaths happen before the age of 50 in India while in other countriesstatistics record 23 percent of deaths before the age of 70. We take immensepride in calling ourselves a young population with a median age of 24 years butonce we try to correlate this young age and the cardiovascular deaths happeningin that particular cluster, we see a need to address this situation veryseriously. One of the major breeding factors of cardiovascular diseases ishypertension.” 

Thanking the Economic Times team for bringingtogether the hold guards of cardiology in India, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman& MD, Medanta said, “Through this partnership we canreach millions and millions of people and if this event is conducted on regularintervals, can go on to become a ‘Hallmark of the future’. He added,“Today, the data reveals that we are the capital of coronary heart disease inthe world and are in the twin jeopardy of also being the diabetic capital. Thissituation has made it impossible for us to even estimate what burden of heartdisease will be when we move forward with the population of 1.3 billion.”He also pointed out the disconnect between the government and private sectorand said that the invitation from the minister will help at a national level.He urged the industry to be transparent and regulated, providers andpractitioners to be involved in decision making and to start a dialogue at aState and Central level.

The summit got interesting with an interactive sessioncalled ‘Value Chain Colloquim: Holistic Habitude for  a Healthy Heart’with inputs from visionaries like B.K. Goyal- Interventional Cardiologist,Bombay Hospital & Medical Research Centre; Dr. Lekha Pathak, Headcardiology, Nanavati Hospital; and  Dr. Tiny Nair, Chief ConsultantCardiologist, PRS hospital. Throwing a light on Coronary Artery Disease, Dr.Goel Said, “CAD has increased in younger generation over the past few yearsas young as 27. The number one factor for CAD is smoking and it has alsoincreased in women. India is the best country to carry out the clinicalresearch on CAD as more people are suffering from the disease.” 

Addressing the issue Dr. Lekha said,”CAD is anunderrated disease in women. According to an article in India Health Journal,Heart disease is actually the number one killer of women, causing death in 1 in3 women. That’s about one death per minute. This represents more deaths thanHIV, Cancer, Malaria, TB etc. If precautions are not taken, every alternateperson in India will suffer from CAD by 2030.”

The summit continued with a special address from Dr.Rohit Sane, MD & CEO, Madhav Baug, who said, "A recent researchpublished in Lancet 2017 shows India has 23% mortality in the first year afterdiagnosis heart failure. The country needs to do something more to improvequality and quantity of life of chronic heart patients by combining new agemedicine and ancient ayurveda.” 

The summit culminated with a panel discussion on“India - the heartland of Healing”, where Dr. Dev Pahlajani and Dr. AjayChaurasia stressed on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They said, “Maintaininggood cardiovascular health will help to prevent a whole range of heartproblems, such as hypertension, heart attack and heart failure, while alsobenefiting overall health. There are several diet and lifestyle changes thatone can make to keep a healthy heart.

Dr. Chaurasia shared 7 ways of maintaining a healthycardiovascular health, through maintaining normal value of fasting glucose,blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and doing moderate exercise for 30minutes 5 days a week along with healthy food habits.

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