In continuation of its efforts to make the people aware about the effects of cardiovascular diseases, HOD, Cardiology, GMCH & SSH, Jammu, Dr. Sushil Sharma along with a team of doctors, paramedics and volunteers, today organised a day long camp at Panchayat Ghar Gompul Domana, Jammu.
While advising the people during interaction in the camp, Dr. Sushil said that smoking doubles the risk of heart attacks.
Dr. Sushil Sharma examined people of the area for prevalence of cardiac diseases and other health ailments. More than 200 people were screened, evaluated and diagnosed and free medicines were also given as per the requirement.
While Interacting with the people, Dr Sushil said, "Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people worldwide each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying of passive smoking".
He said, unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. Every cigarette takes away five minutes of one's life, he said, while adding that there is one death every eight seconds in India directly related to smoking.
It has been estimated that there are 1.1 billion smokers worldwide and 250 million of them live in India. 17% male and 9% female smokers are in the age group of 13-17 years.
Dr Sushil said, smoking increases blood pressure, decreases exercise tolerance and increases the tendency for blood to clot. Smoking also increases the risk of recurrent coronary heart disease after bypass surgery, he added.
"Cigarette smoking is the most important risk factor for young men and women", he said and stressed that the tobacco abuse is a major risk factor for coronary artery disease — blockage of heart arteries leading to a heart attack.