100 pensioners screened in health camp

Punjab News Express | April 07, 2019 12:12 PM

CHANDIGARH:  As many as 100 pensioners were screened during a free health check-up camp at Defence Accounts Pensioners welfare Association, sector-9 Chandigarh on Saturday. The camp was organized by Ivy Hospital, Mohali.

During camp a team of doctors from medicine, orthopedic, cardio and dietetics departments addressed the healthcare needs of people.

Later addressing an awareness talk on health, Dr Deepak Puri , Exe Dir & Head- Cardiac Sciences at Ivy Hospital emphasized to adopt healthy lifestyle and remain fit from an early age so that they can enjoy a Healthy life span as 80% of lifestyle diseases are preventable by simple steps like regular walks at least 30 minutes per day 5 days a week, eat more fruits and vegetables 5 to 6 times a day, quit active smoking and prevent passive smoking.”

Dr Puri said that heart diseases have now emerged as the leading causes of death and illness and every year more than 17-million people die because of this. The western countries have reduced the heart disease related deaths by 50% in the last decade but in India it has risen 3-fold, he pointed out.

Unfortunately Indian are worse hit by this menace because of genetic predisposition as well as faulty  lifestyle. The disease strikes Indians at an early age almost 15-yr earlier than the western population and progresses at a faster pace . Most of the Indians who have heart attack are   between 35 to 55-yr of age while in western population they are usually above 65-yr. Indians are 20 times more at risk compared to Japanese and chances of having second heart attack and heart failure are also higher, informed Dr Pur

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