7 crore Indians have heart disease

7 crore Indians have heart disease: doctor Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 24 The local chapter of the Indian Medical Association and Fortis Hospital Mohali held a continuous medical education (CME) programme on “Preventing heart diseases” at IMA Bhavan, Sector 35, here today. As many as 120 doctors attended the CME in which Dr Jagmohan S. Varma, Head of Department, Interventional Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, spoke on “Preventing heart diseases” while Dr Ambuj Choudhary, Senior Consultant, Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, spoke on the topic of “CABG in elderly”. The purpose of the CME was also to discuss life style modifications, which could help in decreasing the incidence of coronary artery disease. According to Dr Varma , “coronary artery diseases in India has reached epidemic proportions figures over the past decade. The incidence and prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) is highest in India as compared to any other country in the world. Approximately, 7 crore Indians suffer from heart disease out of which more than 28 per cent of these are below the age of 65.” Dr Varma gave several tips to maintaining a healthy heart. They included walking for 45 minutes a day, a disciplined diet, keeping weight under check, early detection and treatment of silent killers like diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia and stress Management. Talking about coronary artery beating graft Dr Ambuj Choudhary said, “Till a few years ago, it was not advisable to go in for a bypass surgery in case of elderly patients. But now, with the advancement of technology age is no longer a limitation. Bypass surgery not only increases the quantity of life but also improves the quality of life.” He informed the audience that CABG was less strenuous on the lungs as well as heart.