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Cardiologists: Hearts Can Be Saved

2023 Sep 29, 16:45, Chitwan

While the World Heart Day is being observed today, cardiologists, expressing their concerns over the increasing cases of heart diseases lately, suggest that if we pay attention to diet and lifestyle, we can save ourselves from heart-related ailments.

Dr Mani Gautam, cardiologist at Bharatpur Hospital, advised that one should keep track of the health of one's family whether or not they have any heart-related disease. According to him, people with high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes are more at risk of heart disease.

Dr Gautam said, "We can save ourselves from heart diseases by identifying the risk factor." He suggested improving unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking alcohol and pay attention to exercise, reducing obesity and stress, managing diabetics, cholesterol and high blood pressures by taking regular medication to protect ourselves from heart diseases.

Furthermore, he advises people to manage cardiac asthma and congenital diseases. "If we pay attention on time, we can prevent heart diseases and if even we have it, we can save ourselves from it," he observed.

Similarly, Dr Shankar Laudari, cardiologist at Chitwan Heart Hospital, argued that heart disease could be avoided if we timely take preventive measures against heart disease.

 "If there is an addiction to smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, it should be stopped. One can return to the previous state in a year or two of refraining from this addiction but if the heart disease aggravates, it will be difficult to return to normal regular state," Dr Laudari warned.

 Laudari cautioned that risk of heart disease could go up due to intake of excessive and prescribed medicines and a lack of physical exercises. Hence, he suggested eating a little more fruits, vegetables, protein and foods with antioxidant properties and reducing portion of c carbohydrates, fatty foods to reduce the risk of heart diseases.

The doctor informed me that air pollution could be considered to be a factor of heart disease.

Dr Vishnumani Dhital at Chitwan Medical College, recommended to identify the common symptoms of heart disease and treat it timely. According to him, long-lasting pain in the middle part of the chest, feeling of heaviness in the chest while climbing uphill or some physically-demanding tasks and the feeling of something pressing the chest hard were the symptoms of heart diseases. Cardiologists urged people to consult the doctors as soon as the symptoms of heat diseases appear.

Cardiovascular services were available only in Kathmandu Valley until a few years ago. The services have been gradually expanded across the country including Chitwan.

Health facilities also have cardiac Catheterization Laboratory which provide immediate medical intervention in case of heart attack. ---


World Heart Day heart diseases heart-related ailments Dr Mani Gautam Dr Shankar Laudari Air pollution Dr Vishnumani Dhital Health Facilities cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Medical Intervention
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