'Sedentary lifestyle, junk food putting heart at risk'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Hisar
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2014 21:24 IST

Sedentary lifestyle and junk food are the main reasons behind increase in the number of heart patients in India, said Dr Dinesh Sehgal, senior cardiologist at OP Jindal Institute of Cardiac Care on Monday.

Talking to mediapersons on the occasion of World Heart Day, Dr Sehgal, who is the only specialist in Haryana to treat heart valve through Balloon Mitral Volvotomy (BMV), said under this technique the patient is treated without major surgery or incision on the chest. Moreover, the patient recovers soon and this process costs comparatively small amount of money, he added.

Dr Sehgal advised people above 50 to go for regular heart check-up. He appealed to people to exercise regularly, avoid sitting on work for long hours, quit smoking completely, minimise alcohol intake, prefer vegetarian meals and avoid tinned and junk food for a healthy heart. "Stress and pollution also have a bad effect on the heart. Steps should be taken to combat these two factors individually and collectively," he added.

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