Smoking kills, as does high blood pressure, diabetes or shooting cholesterol levels. Kick the butt and exercise daily, is what the doctors suggest to prevent heart diseases.
BM Birla Heart Research Centre on Sunday opened an OPD centre on its Luby Circular Road campus, wherein eminent cardiologist Ashok Malpani highlighted the importance of healthy living.
“The number of deaths due to heart diseases over the world is more than that of cancer. Hence, it should not be neglected,” Malpani said addressing reporters here.
He added that though not directly responsible, pollution did play a part by affecting the lungs and leading to several diseases.
In India, specially, people were at higher risk due to lack of awareness.
“Half the people who have heart attacks do not show any signs of cardiac problems. Hence, regular check ups are imperative,” Malpani said.
He added that he along with cardio-thoracic surgeon Sushan Mukherjee would visit the new OPD at Dhanbad for four days every month and conduct check-ups on patients, thus saving them the hassles of travelling all the way to Bengal’s Calcutta as they do now.
Mukherjee, who was also present at the event, said most people were scared of undergoing a cardiac surgery as they perceived it to be something very complicated.
“But with the latest advancement in technology in the field of medicine, cardiac surgery has come a long way and has become relatively safe and convenient,” he said.