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Vegetarianism, yoga help prevent diseases: Expert

Following Yoga, changing the life style and going veggie can help prevent heart diseases, says Padmashree Dr SC Manchanda.

health and fitness Updated: Feb 28, 2004 20:20 IST

What's the best way to prevent heart diseases? "It's simple, follow the age-old practice of Yoga, change your life style and take to vegetarianism," says eminent cardiologist Dr SC Manchanda who was recently awarded Padamshree by the Indian Government for his dedicated service to the nation.

A former Professor and Head of Department of Cardiology, AIIMS, Dr Manchanda's career spans the growth of cardiology in the country. Calling himself a 'Holistic Cardiologist' Dr Manchanda has always been on lookout for cheaper methods to 'expensive' cardiac surgery. According to him holistic systems like yogic lifestyle should be incorporated in the clinics of the regular hospitals, which could go a long way in prevention of cardiac diseases.

Dr. Manchanda who has seen the growth of cardiology in the country from its humble beginnings when hardly any cardiac intervention was taking place till the time when heart transplants started taking place and cardiac intervention become routine.

A staunch follower of Vegetarianism and president of Vegetarian Society of India he feels that there is sufficient scientific evidence to prove that vegetarianism could prevent several diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension etc.

A prolific writer with more than 300 original publications including four books on cardiology, he is the only Indian to have been invited to edit Oram's Clinical Heart Disease, published from UK.

A chairman of Department of Cardiology, Metro Heart Institute, Dr. Manchanda reminiscences his association with the AIIMS. "I was fortunate to remain associated with AIIMS for over 45 years for as a student and as a Faculty Member."

Dr Manchanda says one of the most memorable and satisfying experience of his career had been his unique research under Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Project on problems of high altitude.

The research was conducted in the freezing heights of Leh in Ladakh, on the Indian soldiers, number of whom when air lifted and taken suddenly from hot areas and sea level like Tamil Nadu to Leh were found to turn blue and die.

The problems were diagnosed as pulmonary oedema and mountain sickness, which affected about 3 to 5 per cent of the soldiers.

For nearly seven years working with Prof. Sujoy B. Roy, former Chief of Cardiology at AIIMS, Dr Manchanda researched on the causes of such problems and how to deal with the medical complications which has helped the Indian troops in overcoming several problems.

First Published: Feb 28, 2004 00:00 IST