HoD Cardiology SSH, Dr Sushil Sharma examining a patient.
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JAMMU: Sensing the festive season of Navratras when food stuffs laden with oil and excessive sugar rules the daily menu Dr Sushil Sharma recommended to follow essential guidelines keeping in view the fact that diet is fundamental factor responsible for the progression of coronary heart diseases.
“It seems paradoxical when recent studies revealed that periodic fasting is also good for one’s health, and one’s heart. Fasting not only lowers one’s risk of coronary artery disease and diabetes, but also causes significant changes in a person’s blood cholesterol levels. Both diabetes and elevated cholesterol are known risk factors for coronary heart disease. Healthy cooking methods, healthy food alternatives and appropriate selection of foods would only help in achieving the real benefit of fasting,” HoD Cardiology GMC and SSH, Dr Sushil Sharma.
Dr Sushil held a day long camp with the residents of Gho- Manhasan in the outskirts of Jammu city. More than 200 patients were examined, evaluated and screened for the cardiovascular disease.
While interacting with the patients, Dr Sushil advised everyone to adhere to well balanced diet. “Try to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, choose options that are lower in fat and salt and sugar whenever you can. To help look after your heart health it is important to make sure that you choose the right type of fats. So to help keep your heart health replace saturated fats with small amounts of mono and polyunsaturated fats, cut down on foods containing Transfats,” he added.
Adding a note of caution, Dr Sushil however added that it is necessary to strictly adhere to the medications during fasting particularly in people with diabetes, hypertension and underlying cardio vascular diseases. Further there is need to revisit the traditional practices of cooking foods and switch to healthier food alternatives while observing fasts for better heart health, he added.
Residents of the area Rajinder Singh Chib, Dwarkanath Sharma and Rajinder Singh applauded the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting cardiac awareness in their locality during these pious days.
Others who were part of this humane endeavour includes Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor, Dr Anitipal Singh and Dr Kewal Sharma. Paramedics and volunteers included Kamal Sharma, Kashmiri Lal, Vikas Kumar, Gourav Sharma, Jagdeep Singh, Shanail Gupta, Harvinder Singh, Akshay Kumar, Rajinder Singh and Rajkumar.
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