When it comes to matters of the heart, most of us take heart health very seriously. However, this is only applicable once we are aware of and comprehend the underlying concerns and conditions. We often chose to neglect the warning signs that our body gives out, unknowingly carrying on with our daily business.
According to Dr Vivek Mahajan, Interventional Cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, who led this initiative stated that in recent months, over 25 per cent of people have been diagnosed with a spike in blood pressure, 20 per cent with diabetes and around 50-60 per cent have been signalled out with cholesterol abnormalities. These co-morbidities are the main causes of heart diseases and often go undetected.
“Over the past three months, there has been a considerable rise in the number of patients coming in with heart ailments, these are from varied age groups, and prompt medical attention was provided. On an average, every month, we see about 50 patients who have suffered a heart attack. These numbers are certainly growing; and we need to sensitise the society about heart health and promotion of regular health check-ups, is the need of the hour.”
The purpose of the health camp was to educate people about heart health and the need for early detection. Over 300 people between the age group of 35 to 65 years participated in the health camp.
Talking about the initiative, Dr Vivek Mahajan said, “We come across many people who are unaware of their underlying health conditions; which itself is a big threat.”
Speaking on being associated with the hospital and hosting such events for the community, Yakub Bhetasiwala, President, Rotary Club of Kalyan, said, “The medical teams at Fortis Hospital, Kalyan helped us engage with the society in a fruitful manner; in a way that we were able to educate, equip and sensitise our fellow Kalyan-Dombivli residents to take heart health seriously and undergo regular check-ups.”