HoD Cardiology SSH, Dr Sushil Sharma examining a patient during the medical camp at Jammu.
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JAMMU: Elaborating upon the public health dimension of the harmful effects of alcohol on cardiac health, Dr. Sushil Sharma on Sunday held a day long camp with the residents of Village Kot Bhalwal, Jammu in continuance of his campaign for making the common populace aware about the incidence of cardiovascular diseases. More than 250 people were screened, evaluated, diagnosed and free medicines were given.
During his interaction with the locals, he informed that alcohol abuse is a major public health problem globally.
“It is the third largest risk factor for disease and disability in the world. It is a causal factor in more than 60 major types of diseases: these majorly include several types of cancer, hemorrhagic stroke, alcoholic cardiomyopathy, liver cirrhosis and neuropsychiatric diseases. Alcohol addiction can increase the risk of heart attack, atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. These increased risks were similar in magnitude to other well-recognised modifiable risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It has been observed that even if one has no underlying risk factors, abuse of alcohol still increases the risk of these heart conditions. Drinking too much can affect the elasticity of the arterial walls (arterial stiffness) and prematurely age the arteries, interfering with blood flow and causes myocardial depression. The greater the velocity of drinking the greater the stiffness in arteries,” he added.
Raising his concern over the seriousness of the problem he referred to the recent data by World Health Organisation according to whom about 30 per cent of Indians consume alcohol, out of which 4-13 per cent are daily consumers and up to 50 per cent of these, fall under the category of hazardous drinking.
Another worrying trend is that the average age of initiation of alcohol use has reduced from 28 years during the 1980s to 17 years in 2007. Nearly 25 per cent of the road accidents are under the influence of alcohol and it is also a significant risk factor for increased domestic violence.
He said that keeping in view the havoc created by alcohol abuse it is advisable to stay away from its use at the earliest. He however maintained that even if one drink alcohol then do so in moderation provided other risk factors are in control viz., diabetes, hypertension, smoking, low saturated fat diet, he elaborated.
Residents of the area Raj Dev Singh Jamwal (Sarpanch ) and Subhash Chander Sharma ( Chairman) applauded the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for choosing Village Kot Bhalwal for their awareness cum Health Check up drive and expected the similar kind of cooperation in the future also.
Others who were part of this great effort includes Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor , Dr Kewal Sharma and Dr Chakshu Mahajan .Paramedics and volunteers includes Kamal Sharma, Raghav Rajput, Gorav Sharma, Vikas Kumar, Akshay Kumar, Snehial Gupta, Suresh Baigra, Jagdeep Singh and Rajkumar.
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