Sakendra Bangera, 54, feels that his decision to undergo a complete health check-up recently helped prevent a severe health complication. “I had recurrent fever despite medication. That’s when my daughter convinced me to undergo a full body check-up,” said Bangera.
The reports revealed that a part of his heart was not pumping blood adequately. “After the stress test and 2D Echo, the doctor asked me to immediately consult a cardiologist who suggested an angiography,” said the Borivli businessman who underwent the check-up at LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai. The angiography revealed that there was 60% blockage in one of the arteries in his heart.
Bangera, who is now on medication, swears to be regular with his health check-ups every year. “The doctor said that as the problem was detected early, there would be no need to do an angioplasty. I am now convinced about the benefits of regular checks,” he said.
The benefits of timely health check-ups include early detection of diseases and timely corrective intervention, thereby reducing the severity of the ailment and minimising curative costs, said doctors. “With the high level of stress, unreasonable lifestyles and no time for daily health concerns, a six-monthly or annual health check is essential to prevent major problems and expenses,” said Dr Akash Rajpal, managing director and chief executive officer, Ekohealth Management Consultants.
Increased health awareness and an improved standard of living are some of the driving factors prompting more and more Mumbaiites to go for regular health check-ups.
“Forty is a good age for both men and women to start going for annual health check-ups,” said Dr Rita Dalal, consultant physician, Hinduja Hospital, Mahim. “But if you have a strong family history of diabetes, blood pressure, high cholesterol or cancer, then you could start earlier.”
Virar resident Rajesh Shah, 53, did not mind commuting to Mahim and spending Rs 10,500 on a health check-up package at the Hinduja Hospital. Shah wanted to feel confident about his health, which motivated him to do a health check-up in September. “At my age, I felt it is necessary to go for a check-up so as to take the required preventive measures before anything goes wrong,” said Shah, who is a builder.
He underwent a full body check-up, which includes blood test, diabetes evaluation and liver profile. “I am going to convince my wife to do a complete check-up the next time I go for one,” said Shah, who has been prescribed medication for calcium deficiency, which was detected in the tests.
A routine mammography helped Mulund resident Payal Mehta (name changed), 45, identify a cancerous growth in her breast early on. “Considering my age, my family doctor recommended that I should undergo a health check-up and thank God I took his advice seriously. I had no external symptoms and the cancer would have grown further,” said Mehta.
“Since the lump in her breast was very small, she did not require complete removal of the breast and neither did she require chemotherapy. She got away with radiation and tablets,” said Dr Anil Heroor, cancer surgeon at Fortis Hospital, Mulund. “The chances of cure in cases such as these exceed 95%. This kind of detection should be the goal of all health check-up programmes.”