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Dangers of heart diseases highlighted
Staff Reporter

A rally being taken out on the occasion of World Heart Day in Guwahati on Sunday. – UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, Sept 29 - On the occasion of World Heart Day (WHD) on Saturday, GNRC Hospitals organised held a programme at its Dispur campus to highlight the significance of adopting preventive measures for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases among individuals.

The event began with a welcome address by Dr Sunil Dawka, chief consultant, Cardio Vascular Thoracic Surgery, GNRC Hospitals. He highlighted the theme for World Heart Day ‘Be a Heart Hero’, and urged the citizens to care for their hearts and also spread awareness about cardiovascular diseases.

Dr Dawka added that everyone can be a ‘Heart Hero’ by making a promise to oneself and also helping one’s friends, family, patients and employees to adapt healthy lifestyles and quit the bad habits by making a simple promise.

The programme included a short educative talk by Dr Jayanta Gogoi, cardiologist, GNRC, Sixmile, on ‘How to be a Heart Hero’. He said coronary artery disease, also called ischemic heart disease – symptomised by the hardening of arteries – and strokes account for most deaths.

“These are the consequences of modern sedentary lifestyle, eating habits, lack of physical activity thereby making more and more individuals to suffer from non-communicable diseases, especially coronary artery heart diseases. Such health conditions are no longer restricted to urban areas. Studies have revealed that rates of death from cardiac issues caused by narrowing of the heart’s arteries has increased rapidly in rural areas of India and even surpassed those in urban areas between the year 2000 and 2015,” he said.

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