Walkathon, concerts, conferences, free checkups – every city across the country is abuzz with activities to increase awareness on World Heart Day and on the importance of healthy heart. Various hospitals and cardiologists share their opinion with eHealth on the ways and means to keep away the world’s number one killer Cardio Vasular Disease.
This year WHO is calling on countries to take action to reduce heart disease in women. Cardiovascular diseases are a major health problem among women and remain under-recognised and undertreated. Risk factors for heart disease in women mirror those in men and include lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, overweight and obesity, harmful alcohol use and physical inactivity, as well as physiological risk factors such as elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes mellitus. In South-East Asia Region, exposure to household air pollution from using solid fuels for cooking substantially increases the risk of heart disease in women.
“On World Heart Day observed on 29th September the world over, I want each one of you to think about your heart and how to protect this vital organ. Let’s celebrate this day to take care of our heart and the hearts of all those people whom we love”
“Say no to tobacco, use stairs instead of using a lift, no to alcohol, no to smoking, no packed food, have less oily food and take daily walks. These are very small activities by which you and your family can prevent heart diseases”
“One of the primary reasons for the high incidence of hypertension, diabetes, obesity and heart attacks in the country is the increasing competition and stresses a person faces at their work places or during their educational years.“
Most of the offices and corporates have initiated a lot of measures at work place to ensure that employees remain healthy. Corporates are engaging the employees in activities like yoga, aerobics and also appointing dieticians to take stock of the employees’ food habits and guide them on healthy eating. Increased physical activity and healthy eating tops the agenda of CEOs and team leaders across offices.
Deteriorating life style with unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, smoking, abdominal obesity and stress has made even younger population to have heart attacks at prime of their life.