• Hiimpact celebrates World Heart Day to create awareness among CVDs affected people

    “We have witnessed an increase of approximately 10.5% in young heart patients from urban areas and six per cent from the rural areas as compared to youngsters in western countries with about three-four per cent rise in the disease,” Naresh Trehan, Chairman and Managing Director at Gurgaon’s Medanta – The Medicity, said.

    Today, on 29 September 2016, Hiimpact is celebrating World Heart Day with an aim to generate awareness among people to fight against CVDs (Cardiovascular Diseases).

    CVDs are the diseases of heart or blood vessels commonly referred to as heart disease or stroke. It is the world’s leading cause of death worldwide.

    Highlights of CVDs:

    • 31% global deaths from CVDs.
    • Over 23 million predicted deaths from CVDs by 2030.
    • Low and Middle-income countries are most affected by CVD deaths.
    • Many CVDs are preventable by addressing behavioral risk factors.
    • Heart diseases and stroke accounts for third of all deaths in women worldwide.
    • India accounts for 15% death due to tobacco smoking.

    Ischemic heart disease and stroke are the predominant causes and are responsible for >80% of CVD deaths. The Global Burden of Disease study estimate of age-standardized CVD death rate of 272 per 1 lac population in India is higher than the global average of 235 per 1 lac population. Usually, it is observed that, Indian prefer high cholesterol loaded food leading to central obesity, insulin resistance and glucose intolerance.

    Ways to reduce CVDs for all age groups:

    • Select healthy food: One should try to choose food which is low in saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium. Try to include plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, fish (preferably oily fish at least twice per week), nuts, legumes and seeds and try eating some meals without meat in your daily food habit.  In terms of dairy products go for lower fat dairy products and poultry (skinless).  Also, try to limit sugar-sweetened beverages and red meat and choose to eat meat with leanest cuts available.
    • Increase Physical activities: Slow work out for at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (brisk walking) every week or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity (jogging, running) or a combination of both every week. Additionally, on 2 or more days a week you need muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest shoulders, and arms). Children should get at least 60 minutes of activity every day.

    To curb CVDs, Polypill study (The International Polycap Study 3 [TIPS-3]) is currently ongoing; it evaluates the role of the Polycap (a polypill), low-dose aspirin, and vitamin D supplementation in the prevention of major adverse cardiovascular events (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier NCT01646437). This study will surely improve the number of CVDs cases in India, if it gets fully circulated to all healthcare services.

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