Sourav Ganguly at the launch of Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals’ insurance scheme on Thursday. (Amit Datta)
Lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub! Listen to your heart and get it regularly checked for wear and tear, given the hard work it does during an average lifetime — beating more than 2.5billion times and pumping about 1million barrels of blood.
Prevention at the primary level when the first signs of ailments start to show, doctors said, is the best way to curb heart attacks.
To encourage people without symptoms to go for health check-ups, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals has launched an insurance scheme.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was present at the scheme’s launch as brand ambassador of Apollo Munich, the company offering the health policy. He said: “My father was a heart patient and so I know the importance of regular check-ups.”
The scheme states that a person with normal test reports will be offered an insurance of Rs 2 lakh in case he/she needs an angioplasty, pacemaker implantation, bypass surgery or valve replacement in the next one year.
“Adopt preventive methods early to effectively counter increasing cardiac ailments,” said Rabin Chakraborty, interventional cardiologist and the director of Apollo Gleneagles Heart Institute.
The doctors said even people without symptoms of heart ailments should go for regular check-ups and do basic tests such as blood sugar, lipid profile, ECG, echocardiography and body weight measures to know the condition of your most hardworking organ.
“We put scores against a person based on any medical or lifestyle disorder and family history of any disease. Higher the score, higher the risk. If a person scores above three, which means he has at least three negative factors, then the person has 30 per cent chance of developing a heart disease in five years,” Chakraborty said.
If the patient is male (men are more prone to heart attacks) and above 50, diabetic and a smoker, his score would be four. “He is counselled to take preventive steps and hence the risk factor comes down,” Chakraborty added.
According to the California-based Coronary Artery Disease among Asian Indians Research Foundation (CADI), there would be 62 million heart patients in India by 2015.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Kunal Sarkar said the major worry has been that the median age for heart disease in India has come down by 20 years over the past 20 years. “The age has come down to the early-50s now.”