29-SEP-2018: Prof Rabbani shares tips to avoid cardiovascular problems on World Heart Day
Aligarh, September 29: The changing lifestyle over the past decades has put people at extreme risk of cardiovascular diseases. On the World Heart Day 2018, Professor M U Rabbani, Centre for Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC) provided vital tips on a healthy life and prevention of heart disorder.
"Precautions must be taken at a young age, for a healthier old age. People need to live a balanced life style for a healthy heart", said Prof Rabbani.
He pointed out that one must take balanced diet to cut down cholesterol from the body. It is also important to maintain dental hygiene as gum diseases caused by bacteria can enter the bloodstream and damage blood vessels and tobacco addicts should immediately get rid of smoking and chewing tobacco habits to avoid the risk of heart strokes.
Spelling out the symptoms of heart attack, Prof Rabbani said that some people experience warning signs, while some do not. "Symptoms are chest pain, upper body pain, sweating, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and troubled breathing and one should immediately seek medical attention on experiencing symptoms that could signal a heart attack".
The symptoms can vary from mild to severe and there are many times that a person is unaware of a heart attack. A heart attack usually begins slowly and causes mild pain and discomfort, emphasized Prof Rabbani.
Cardiovascular diseases are a challenge of epidemic proportions and citing the WHO research, Prof Rabbani pointed out that 180 lakh people die yearly all over the world of heart diseases and the number of people dying of cardiovascular problems is more than TB, malaria, diabetes and respiratory diseases related deaths. He said that in the past three decades, in the Aligarh city, deaths of people under 70-years of age due to heart problems have shown an increase of 10 to 12 percent.
"India has the second largest figures of cardiovascular diseases related deaths in the world as more than 50 percent of deaths have been due to heart problems," said Prof Rabbani giving reference of the WHO research.
Prof Rabbani said that JNMC has a Centre for Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research with the availability of facilities like angioplasty. "People living in Aligarh and adjoining areas should immediately reach JNMC if they notice any symptoms of a heart attack," he emphasised.
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