Cardiovascular disease is spreading rapidly in Jharkhand due to lack of awareness and specialised treatment facilities, says Diabetes and Heart Research Centre (DHRC), Dhanbad survey report conducted on the eve of World Heart Day (September 29).
The report says: “18 to 25% of residents are suffering from cardiovascular disease and 20 to 30% of them die every year due to delay in timely diagnosis and treatment in Jharkhand.”
The survey was carried out by a team of doctors between September 10 and 25 in 12 districts of the state with special focus on top four cities - Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad and Bokaro.
Eminent cardiologist and DHRC director Dr NK Singh said: “Cardiovascular disease is spreading fast in the country and Jharkhand is falling in its grip more rapidly due to lack of awareness and facilities. If a patient of Dhanbad or any other district needs angiography he will have to go Mission Hospital Durgapur (Bengal) or some other place, as the facility exists only in the three districts of the state that is Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Bokaro.”
Stating the major reasons for increasing heart problems, Singh said there were nine risk factors - heavy doses of alcohol, smoking, excess salt intake in food, fast and fatty food, lack of fruit consumption, no physical activities, tension, blood pressure and diabetes.
He said: “The Dhanbad Action Group (DAG) will launch an awareness campaign from Dhanbad from tomorrow (September 29) on the occasion of World Heart Day, as minimum alertness by patients can keep the disease in check.”
He said 40% of cardiac attack patients could be saved by mere administration of Streptokinase and Disprin pills within 6 hours of stroke and hospitalization too.
Regular check up of cholesterol, blood pressure and keeping diabetes under control could prevent heart problem.
According to Singh, a healthy diet to prevent the disease includes: “30 grams of daily walnut, two pieces of boiled fish thrice a week, use of mustard oil and regular physical activities.”
He also said changing lifestyle was responsible for heart ailments in people in the age group of 30 to 40 years while 10 years ago only those in the 45-50 age bracket were affected by it.