On the occasion of World Heart Day 2016, Fortis Hospital, Noida shared exclusive data from Noida township revealing number of heart disease patients screened and treated at the hospital. The statistics shared were observations and records seen over the last few years. The initiative was led by Dr. Parneesh Arora, Additional Director, Dept of Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Noida. The objective was to increase awareness and understand trends in cardio-vascular disease in the last few years in Noida, UP..
According to the data released by the hospital:
Dr. Parneesh Arora, Additional Director, Dept of Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Noida elaborated on the topic stating, “Statistics available with us from Noida reveals that while cardiovascular diseases are on the rise, there is also a great deal of awareness among the citizens to come for check-ups and treatment. We are making sustained efforts to give right advice for treatment, while also letting people know that simple steps – quitting smoking, maintaining ideal weight, keeping a regular exercise regime, eating a balanced diet and restricting alcohol consumption can reduce the risk of CVDs. At Fortis Hospital, Noida we follow a 24x7 available code STEMI system where whenever a patient with chest pain enters at our Emergency dept within 5 minutes of time we do ECG and if ECG comes positive we take the patient directly to the cath lab for angiography. As per American College of Cardiology Foundation this is called door-to-balloon time and it should be less than 90 minutes and at our Hospital the door-to-balloon time we generally take is an average of 60 minutes.”
Mr. Gagan Sehgal, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Noida said, “We are humbled by the faith and immense trust that patients have placed in our team’s ability to offer the best treatment and facilities. In addition, Fortis Hospital, Noida organises free camps, talks, basic life support trainings at different RWA societies, parks, corporate houses, PSUs and schools. Health check camps generally include free screening for blood pressure, blood sugar, ECG, body mass index and consultations.”
As per the WHO, cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death around the world. One in three deaths globally are a result of CVDs. In India, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including CVDs, are estimated to account for 60% of total adult deaths in India. CVDs account for over a quarter (26%) of these deaths. Some of the CVD related risks factors in adults in India are 15% of the population smoke tobacco; 4.3 litres of pure alcohol consumed per person; 21.1% of our population have hypertension which can increase risk of heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease or stroke[i].
The heart is one of the most important organs in our body and this fist-sized powerhouse pumps oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood throughout our bodies. A heart attack happens when the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot. Lack of blood to the heart can seriously damage the heart muscle. Heart attack is referred to medically as myocardial infarction or MI. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often when the pain is mild, it is mistaken for indigestion. The main symptoms are chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, light-headedness and a feeling of anxiety. Time is the most important factor in saving the heart muscle from permanent damage. Delay in starting the treatment leads to irreversible damage to the heart. The first hour after heart attack is also called the golden hour because effective treatment given within one hour can lead to the complete reversal of the damage occurred.
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