Heart ailments on rise in Kashmir

Expert Blames Sedentary Lifestyle, High Consumption Of Red Meat

ARIF SHAFI WANI

Srinagar, Dec 2: Sedentary lifestyle, stress and high consumption of red meat and junk food have emerged as main contributors for rise in cardiac ailments in Kashmir in past few years.
 “On the basis of my study, I can say with authority that high consumption of red meat, junk food besides sedentary lifestyle coupled with continuous mental stress are main contributors for rising number of cardiac patients in Kashmir,” Dr Rajneesh Kapoor Director Medanta The Medicity Heart Institute Gurgaon Haryana told Greater Kashmir on sidelines of a function here.
 Dr Rajneesh who is a cardio interventional surgeon said that a large number of cardiac patients from Kashmir visit the Medanta for treatment. “However the number has witnessed a sharp increase in past few years”.
 He said in winter people are more susceptible to develop cardiac problem mainly due to less physical movement. “It has been observed that most of the people in Valley confine themselves to their homes during snowfall or cold climatic conditions. They also consume high quantity of red meat in various forms in winter. In absence of exercise or normal physical activity these factors gradually increase cholesterol levels and this ultimately gives birth to various cardiac ailments,” he said.
 Dr Rajneesh said regular exercise and management of blood pressure can help to prevent occurrence of various cardiac problems. “If people can’t venture out in winter they can at least move for 15-20 minutes a day in a room. This will help to maintain blood circulation, burn calories and prevent fat depositions,” he said.
 Dr Rajneesh also inaugurated the Medanta’s Cardio Clinic in collaboration with Khanam Hospital and Nursing Home here. He also highlighted latest trends in treatment of cardiac ailments.
 “But in most of the cases the treatment cost is too high for common man. So prevention is better than cure. Regular exercise, stress busting activities and check-up can help to keep the cardiac ailments at bay,” he said.
 He said the main objective of opening the Cardio Clinic in Srinagar was to treat patients of Kashmir. “Patients and their attendants from Valley have to incur hefty amount to travel to our hospital.
 So the Medanta management decided to reach out to the patients in their homeland. In the first phase we will be offering non-invasive treatment to the patients. Besides we will also facilitate video-conferencing through which the patients can directly interact with cardio specialists at Medanta,” he said.
 Dr Rajneesh also offered specialized training to doctors from Kashmir in latest procedures in Cardiology at the Medanta.
 Earlier Dr Javid Iqbal vice-principal of Khanam Hospital and Nursing Home assured full cooperation to Medanta in its endeavor in Kashmir.
 “We are confident that this tie up will go a long way for helping the needy patients, who crave for latest facilities in medical expertise,” he said.
 On the occasion veteran physician and civil society member Dr. G Q Allaqband expressed serious concern over lack of proper infrastructure and medicos in government and private hospitals in Kashmir.
 “People of Kashmir are suffering for want to basic medicare facilities. Government hospitals including prestigious SKIMS Soura are overloaded. Private hospitals too don’t have proper infrastructure. In absence of basic facilities and opportunities our talented medicos are forced to venture in greener pastures outside the state. In this situation patients are at the receiving end,” said Dr Allaqband.
 “My concern is that Srinagar should not become catchment areas for known tertiary care hospitals situated outside the state. People (medicos) from Delhi and other states visit Kashmir and take patients to their state-of-the-art hospitals. And there most of the patients who have to undergo cardiac or oncological procedures face immense problems as they can’t afford the high treatment costs.
 “Kashmir needs such a hospital with all the latest facilities so that it can serve as a model for government hospitals,” he said.
 He hoped that Medanta would take utmost care to provide best treatment to people of Kashmir.
 Dr Allaqband said that well off people and corporates are constructing mall, shopping complexes and palatial houses. “Ironically nobody including big corporates in Kashmir are building hospitals as it has does not have high returns. If some conscientious corporates or people care to provide better healthcare, banks can give them soft loans. But it seems nobody is interested in this noble endeavor” he said.
 He said it is the responsibility of people as well as government to think seriously to provide better healthcare to patients. “There is no dearth or good doctors in Kashmir. We need to provide them with proper environment and infrastructure to work. The civil society of Kashmir can come forward and pool resources so that people of Kashmir can avail world class healthcare facilities in the Valley,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 3 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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