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World Heart Day: Cardiologists bust myths about heart ailments



          As the world gears up to observe World Heart Day 2021 on September 29, like every year, AMRI Hospitals-Bhubaneswar launches a first-of-its-kind patient engagement forum in the form of a Cardiac Support Group in the region. This support group will help provide information and create a network for those in need of cardiac treatment, besides raising awareness on how to maintain a healthy heart.

The Cardiac Support Group is being set up under the guidance of AMRI Hospitals. The hospital group has been providing a wide range of treatment protocols, offering exemplary clinical excellence, backed by advanced technologies to patients not just from Odisha, but also from other States and even neighbouring countries.

“Many people feel that heart diseases affect only those over 50, but the truth is that it can strike anybody, any time, from childhood to the early twenties. It is recommended to get your cholesterol checked every five years, starting at the age of 20,” said Dr. J.K. Padhi, Director, Cardiology, AMRI Hospital-Bhubaneswar.

“Heart health has assumed even more significance during the ongoing COVID pandemic, as there is a rising trend of sudden heart attacks, and even people below the age of 40 are affected. Faulty lifestyle, unhealthy diet, heavy smoking, or a history of cardiac complaints are responsible for contributing towards rising heart troubles in younger people.” informed Dr. Mahesh Prasad Agrawala.

Many patients who had undergone procedures at AMRI Hospitals shared their experiences on how their unhealthy lifestyles led to cardiovascular diseases. Their life returned to a normal, healthier flow as they came in contact with cardiac experts of AMRI Hospitals, they said while lauding the Cardiologists at AMRI-Bhubaneswar.

 “It is true that people with a family history of heart disease are always at higher risk of developing cardiac problems, but they can significantly reduce this risk and even prevent themselves from suffering cardiac issues by choosing a healthy lifestyle,” said Uma Prasanna Tripathy, who underwent a CABG procedure at AMRI Hospitals.

Renowned Cardiac Surgeons, like Dr Jitendranath Patnaik, Dr Biswajeet Mohapatra, and Senior Cardiologist, Dr. Lingaraj Nath, are all of the opinion that in today’s age and time the focus of cardiac treatment should be more on preventive measures, rather than curative measures.

Treating complex cardiac conditions has become much easier than what the situation was like even a decade back. However, people should concentrate more on preventative measures, as that will help them to have a healthier life, they said.

AMRI Hospitals Bhubaneswar Vice President & Unit Head Nilanjana Mukherjee pointed out that a large number of people are leading a sedentary lifestyle, even when they have conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes, are obese with almost no physical exercise, and bad habits like consumption of tobacco and alcohol.

“All these factors come together to be among the most leading causes of cardiac diseases and contributing factor for other diseases. Particularly during this COVID times, everybody should be more careful and pay even more attention to their heart health,” she said.

AMRI Hospitals, a multi-specialty healthcare facility in Eastern India with specialization in Oncology, Neuro Sciences, Cardiac Sciences, Orthopedics, Emergency &Trauma care, Gynecology and Childcare is the largest player in private sector with its existing strength of around 1,000 beds. With its state-of-the-art equipment and modern facilities, AMRI is ensuring that people from Eastern India are provided affordable high-quality medical care in the region, so that patients need not travel to other parts of the country for medical treatment.

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