JK: Biting cold takes toll on people’s health, daily chores


Jammu, Jan 8: The extreme cold conditions prevailing across Jammu and Kashmir are not only affecting the daily activities of a common man but are also taking a toll on the health of people. The number of patients reporting to hospitals with heart-related ailments has doubled during the last around one month, medicos say.
 Reports from various parts of the State revealed that patients with heart ailments have doubled in almost all regions of the State.
 As per official figures, 10 to 15 patients with heart related ailments have been visiting different hospitals daily since November last.  Surprisingly, medicos say, the number of such patients has almost doubled during the ongoing winter months in the wake of intense cold.
 According to sources, the ‘rising number’ of heart patients visiting the Government Medical College Jammu is making it difficult for the authorities and medicos to manage them. The Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) of the GMC is already overburdened, with fresh cases compounding the problem.
 “These are difficult and testing times for us as we have to deal with such patients with limited resources. The 11-bed CU is remains overcrowded,” they said.
 Head of the Cardiology Department at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) here Dr Sushil Sharma admitted that the number of heart patients has “almost doubled” with dip in the mercury and the “trend may continue for the next one month.” “The patients with underline heart disease are more at risk than other patients under the continuous chilly weather conditions. And therefore, such patients need more attention and special care,” he told Greater Kashmir.
 Elaborating on factors leading to surge in number of heart patients, medical experts say that there are a few factors during peak winters which together give rise to heart related diseases.
 “Vaso Constriction or Coronary Vaso Spasm and Platelet Agreeability or Coagulation Abnormality were some of the main factors causing heart ailments during winters,” they said.
 With dip in temperature, the chances of Vaso Constriction or Coronary Vaso Spasm and Platelet Agreeability or Coagulation Abnormality increase drastically and increase in any of these results in heart diseases. 
 In case of Vaso Constriction or Coronary Vaso Spasm, the arteries tend to shrink or contract leading to their blockage and thus causing heart failure.
 In case of Platelet Agreeability or Coagulation Abnormality, the concentration of Platelets also increases with subsequent fall in temperature due to which the Hemoglobin formation in the blood gets severely affected thereby causing heart disease to a patient, the medicos say.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 9 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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