Tuesday, 25 August, 2009


Diabetes, hearth diseases on rise in Punjab: Doctors
Punjab Newsline Network
LUDHIANA: Punjab reports a very high incidence of diabetes, high blood cholesterol level and obesity. These, in turn, manifest as cardiac problems,” Dr RP Singh, senior consultant cardiologist, SPS Apollo Hospitals, said on Sunday.
He was addressing the participants at the National Cardiology Update - 2009. Dr BC Roy, laureate, and Dr Mathew Samuel Kalarickal, Father of Interventional Cardiology in India, was the chief guest.
There was live demonstration and telecast of four interventional cases from SPS Apollo Hospital under the expert guidance of Dr Kalarickal, which evoked good response from the participants. More than 400 doctors from all over Punjab were witness to the entire process.
According to Dr Chetan Sharma, senior consultant cardiologist, heart disease is the leading cause of death globally killing about 7.1 million people each year. “India is expected to account for nearly 60 per cent of the global heart ailments by 2010. Fatty deposits that harden and block arteries, high blood pressure, which damages blood vessels, and a few other factors, cause heart disease he added.
Physicians and cardiologists observed that Indians had more common involvement at younger age with smaller coronary arteries; diffuse distal disease, multi-vessel disease and higher incidence in women. Unhealthy lifestyle and bad eating habits are making the situation more worse.”
Focusing on poor medical care in rural and remote areas, the conclave recognised that people with heart disease in rural Punjab received slower care than people in main cities and were more likely to die.
The doctors painted a picture of heart attack patients heading to hospitals in rickshaws rather than ambulances, and paying for the treatments out of their own pockets because of ignorance regarding health insurance.
In his address, Dr Manmohan Singh, President, Punjab Medical Council, commented that the benefits of addressing the root cause of heart disease in Punjab, such as threatening levels of body fat, high cholesterol and blood pressure, along with low intake of fruits and vegetables, together with change in the lifestyle, would be immense in terms of number of lives saved, mostly among young and middle-aged persons.

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