Young Indians below the age of 40 are succumbing to heart diseases

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On World Heart Day, it is imperative to raise awareness on understanding the warning signs and adopting a better lifestyle

Delhi, September 28, 2019: Young Indians are increasingly falling prey to heart diseases and there are about two million cases of heart attacks in a year alone in the country. Estimates indicate that about 50% of heart attacks occur in men less than 50 years of age and another 25% in those who are below the age of 40. On World Heart Day, there is a need to raise awareness on the fact that one must not ignore the first onset of acidity after the age of 40 and any other symptoms.

Indigestion/acidity, persistent cough, shortness of breath, constipation, fever, headache, and tiredness all the time are some common symptoms which many people ignore as normal. However, these are signs that the body gives out indicating some underlying condition. The first onset of acidity after age 40 could indicate an impending heart attack.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) & President CMAAO, said, “One should not ignore warning signals after the age of 40 as ‘time is life’ in medical science. The three cardinal warning signals are: anything which is unusual, anything which cannot be explained and any symptom appearing for the first time in life. Time is life is an old saying and in the event of a heart attack, time is muscle. In emergency medicine, the golden hour refers to the first hour following traumatic injury being sustained by a casualty, during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent death. The platinum ten minutes refer to the first ten minutes after trauma and the importance of starting first aid within ten minutes to reduce the chances of death.”

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, said, “The risk of heart attack can be reduced by controlling the risk factors; eating a heart healthy diet; smoking cessation; reduced consumption of alcohol, salt and sugar; controlling hypertension and adequate amounts of physical activity. These are within our control and must be followed from a young age. However, cardiac arrest stems from electrical issues in heart that are beyond our control but following a general heart healthy lifestyle is known to reduce future risk. As doctors, it falls upon us to educate our patients and make them aware of ways to live a healthy lifestyle.”

Rules for preventing heart attack related deaths

  • Rule of 30 seconds: Chest pain, burning, discomfort, heaviness in the center of the chest lasting for over 30 seconds and not localized to a point unless proved otherwise is a heat pain.
  • Rule of pinpointing finger: Any chest pain which can be pinpointed by a finger is not a heart pain.
  • Rule of 40: First-onset acidity or first-onset asthma after the age of 40, rule out heart attack or heart asthma first
  • Rule of 300: Chew a tablet of water-soluble 300 mg aspirin and take 300 mg clopidogrel tablet at the onset of cardiac chest pain. You will not die.
  • Rule of 10: Within 10 minutes of death for the next 10 minutes do effective chest compression with a speed of (10 x10) 100 per minute. Most people can be saved.
  • Rule of 180: Reach hospital within 180 minutes in heart attack to receive clot dissolving angioplasty or clot dissolving drugs.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation must be taught to everyone to save lives

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On World Heart Day, awareness is needed on the importance of initiating CPR within the first 10 minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest

Delhi, September 23, 2019: According to recent estimates, there are about 25 to 45 deaths in Delhi every day due to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The condition is emerging as the number one cause of mortality in India. With World Heart Day around the corner, there is a need to raise awareness on training people in essential life saving techniques such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and installing automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places.

CPR is the most crucial and basic procedure to save a life in the event of an SCA. There is substantial evidence to suggest that CPR is effective in the first 10 minutes of cardiac arrest. After 10 minutes, there is practically no chance of recovery unless the patient is in hypothermia.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), said, “Sudden cardiac arrest is more fatal than a heart attack given that it can lead to death in a matter of minutes. It is caused due to a sudden and complete blockage of blood flow to the various body organs. Timely help is of utmost importance in such cases and initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) within the first 10 minutes is important. The two pillars of community service include meaningful engagement and mindful participation. Learning the basics of CPR is community service at its best as it can help avert mortality through timely assistance, before medical help arrives. In case an ambulance reaches the patient very late or if there is an acute shortage of cardiac ambulances, an automatic external defibrillator (AED) installed at public places can help save lives in a timely manner.”

Defibrillation within 3 to 5 min of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50% to 70%. Early defibrillation can be achieved through CPR providers using public access and on-site AEDs. Public access AED programmes should be actively implemented in public places that have a high density of citizens.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, said, “The CPR 10 was created so that the public could remember the process of revival after SCA. The CPR 10 Mantra is as follows: Within 10 minutes of cardiac arrest (earlier the better) for the next 10 minutes at least, compress the center of the chest with a speed of 100 compressions per minute (10×10). CPR 10 is easy to learn and easy to do and one does not need to be a doctor or be certified in this technique.”

There are three simple rules to be followed when a person suffers from SCA: Call the ambulance, check if the person is breathing or has a pulse and if not, then start chest compressions and continue for at least 30 minutes till medical help arrives. It is also imperative to not stop CPR too soon. The premise of a successful CPR is earlier the better and longer the better.

The Formula of 80 to prevent heart diseases· Keep your lower blood pressure, fasting sugar, abdominal circumference, resting heart rate and LDL cholesterol levels all below 80.

  • Walk 80 minutes each day; brisk walk 80 minutes a week with a speed of 80 steps per minute.
  • Eat less, not more than 80 gm/80 ml of caloric food in one meal. Do not eat carbohydrate–based refined cereals 80 days in a year to reduce chances of heart attack.
  • Take vitamin D through sunlight 80 days in a year.
  • Do not drink alcohol and if you drink, take less than 80 ml of whiskey in a day or less than 80 gm of whiskey in a week. Do not smoke or be ready for placement of stent costing Rs 80,000.
  • Give 80 minutes to yourself in a day.
  • When clapping, clap 80 times.
  • If you are a heart patient, ask your doctor to give 80 mg of aspirin and 80 mg of atorvastatin.
  • Donate blood 80 times in a lifetime to reduce chances of heart attack.
  • Avoid an atmosphere of more than 80 db of noise pollution.
  • While on treadmill, try to reach 80% of your heart rate.

Heart Care Foundation of India’s (HCFI) to organize its annual flagship event – the Perfect Health Mela in October 2019

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Some new attractions this year include health sutras on harm reduction

New Delhi, 23rd August 2019 : HCFI, a leading national non-profit organization, committed to making India a healthier and disease-free nation, today announced that its annual flagship event, the Perfect Health Mela will be organized from 18th to 20th October 2019 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The event completed 25 years in October 2018. The Mela is being jointly organised with the Health and Family Welfare Dept. NCT Delhi, DST and other central and Delhi state government departments.

The Perfect Health Mela is a one-of-its-kind event held every year with a mission to generate all-around awareness on health using entertainment as a medium. The theme last year was “Affordable Healthcare” and Dr Tusker, the friendly elephant, was the mascot for the event. Among the new additions to the Mela last year were the Perfect CSR Awards and the Everyday Mela. Free medical check-ups, a regular feature every year, will be provided to all visitors.

The theme this year is Harm Reduction.

Started in 1993, the Perfect Health Mela caters to people from all age groups and all walks of life. It showcases activities across categories such as health education seminars, check-ups, entertainment programmes, lifestyle exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and competitions. The Mela is attended by over 200 organizations each year including those from the state and central government, PSUs, and leading corporates.

Speaking about the Mela Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, President HCFI & Past National President IMA said, “After a successful run as part of the 25th Silver Jubilee Year in October 2018, we are happy to announce the dates for the Perfect Health Mela this year as well. Over the years, the event has addressed several relevant themes and topics around health and access to healthcare, apart from providing a platform for organizations to showcase their capabilities. The Mela is attended by thousands of visitors. This year, the event promises to be bigger, better, and more exciting for everyone as we have introduced many new features.”

Some of the most attended events at the Mela include Harmony and Ecofest National inter-school competitions, Youth Rock Band/Orchestra Festival, Divya Jyoti Medical Masti Youth Festival, conferences, and Nukkad Natak. The HCFI recognizes that dance and music are an excellent medium for creating awareness albeit in an entertaining way. The Perfect Health Mela thus uses the mediums to spread awareness on various health-related topics.

For more information about the event, please visit  http://www.heartcarefoundation.org/. Entry to the Mela is free for all.

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