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?Damage to heart is irreparable?

WANT A healthy heart for life? Go real slow on sweets and fatty items and completely abstain from all kinds of fast food while devoting just a precious little time to regular exercise.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 13:53 IST

WANT A healthy heart for life? Go real slow on sweets and fatty items and completely abstain from all kinds of fast food while devoting just a precious little time to regular exercise.

Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi has initiated several programmes to create awareness amongst masses to being extra careful in their lifestyle and eating habits, to prevent falling prey to heart ailments.

“Prevention is not only better but also much cheaper than cure as far as the heart is considered,’’ emphasises Dr Sanjay Mittal (M.D., D.M.) senior consultant cardiologist at the Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi.

While talking to Hindustan Times today during his visit to Bhopal, Dr Mittal pointed out if a person suffers a heart attack ever in life, the damage is irreparable. “Once a heart attack, always a heart attack,’’ he maintained.

Lashing out strongly at multinational corporations addicting the country’s youth, particularly teenagers, to fast food and junk food, Dr Mittal puts part of the blame on parents too. “MNCs like Pizza Hut and McDonalds are making us patients,’’ he asserts, adding the parents are also culprits to an extent for encouraging their children to consume fast food items.

He rues the fact that people do not realise how much they spend on smoking or eating unhealthy food for almost 30 years of their lives before they are hit by some heart ailment that requires double that amount for treatment.

“The amount incurred on treating heart diseases is extremely high in India, as most equipment has to be imported,’’ he points out.

“By leading a healthy lifestyle and abstaining from items adversely affecting the heart, one can save immense amount of money besides staying fit,’’ Dr Mittal emphasises. He states the amount of calories consumed and burned is crucial for controlling obesity, as it is the one factor that mostly leads to hypertension, diabetes, stress and finally some heart ailment.

Lamenting that people do not come forward with their heart-related problems until the situation gets serious, Dr Mittal said the institute’s ‘community outreach programme’ had been initiated with the sole purpose of making masses aware and sensitive towards the gravity of the situation. “The problem with most Indians is that they wait for a heart attack to occur before taking steps to regulate their lifestyle,’’ he rues.


Follow the ‘rule of 4’
FOLLOW THE `rule of 4’ to keep your hearts healthy. A 4 km walk or 40 minutes of physical exercise at least 4 times a week is the mantra for keeping one’s heart fit, says Dr Sanjay Mittal. He adds that men above the age of 35 and women over 40 should get cardiac evaluations conducted regularly.

Heaviness experienced in the chest region anywhere above the naval and below the lower jaw should be taken seriously while yoga and meditation should be practiced to keep away stress. Dr Mittal points out that children born to parents with a history of heart disease should be extra cautious about their lifestyles.