World Heart Day advice: Exercise regularly, eat healthfully, and reduce stress
World Heart Day advice: Exercise regularly, eat healthfully, and reduce stress

Sept. 29, Srinagar: Doctors in Kashmir advised people to maintain an active lifestyle, eat healthily, and reduce stress to prevent cardiovascular ailments as the globe observed “World Heart Day.”

According to government statistics, Kashmir saw 16 to 20 cardiac arrest instances per day last year, and the number is rising each year.


Dr. Upendra Kaul, a renowned cardiologist, advised Greater Kashmir that it was crucial for people to maintain their physical activity levels by exercising and taking walks, to maintain a balanced diet by consuming less carbs, and to reduce stress.

“Managing stress, blood pressure, and cholesterol is crucial. People who suffer left ventricular heart failure should take the appropriate measures and seek treatment at reputable institutes like SMHS and SKIMS, the doctor said.

Walking in the morning and eating fruits and vegetables are both beneficial for heart health, according to Dr. Kaul.

The key to avoiding or reducing the likelihood of suffering from a heart attack and its repercussions, he added, is developing a practise of eating a heart-healthy diet early in life.

Stress and smoking were two of the main causes of cardiac events among individuals in Kashmir, according to a research done by the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS) Srinagar and Superspeciality Hospital, Shireen Bagh.

According to the study, depression (74 percent) and anxiety (20 percent) were the two most prevalent diagnoses among individuals who had a history of mental illness prior to the occurrence of cardiac events.

Furthermore, only 52 percent of patients (73%) had a history of smoking in the past, whereas 38% of cases had smoking as the sole risk factor for cardiac events.

Dr. Khurshid Iqbal, a prominent cardiologist, told Greater Kashmir that cardiovascular illnesses may affect both sexes at any age.

Early prophylaxis is necessary for cardiovascular disorders like coronary artery disease. According to him, there are a variety of factors that might affect heart health, including stress, carelessness, living a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, cholesterol, and uncontrolled blood pressure.

According to Dr. Iqbal, the general public has the misconception that any disruption or cardiac illness results in death, which is untrue.

“There are methods for controlling heart health, including therapies, drugs, and early prevention. The cardiology department has made significant improvements. The effectiveness of medications has been updated, he noted.

In addition to this, it has been shown that excessive salt consumption has turned into a significant health issue in J&K, with many individuals exceeding the recommended daily amount.

Experts claim that excessive salt consumption may cause health problems such stomach cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, renal disease, and heart failure.

According to renowned physician Dr. Showkat Shah, making modest lifestyle adjustments might significantly improve heart health.

Young smokers who have heart attacks are the ones we see the most. Most heart attack sufferers are in denial. They often blame stomachaches or gas issues for heart discomfort, which postpones treatment, he noted.



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