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JAMMU: Augmenting his campaign to sensitise the common populace about the incidence of cardiovascular diseases Dr. Sushil and his team on Monday held a day-long camp at Mahajan Hall in the Akhnoor area of Jammu.
The camp was inaugurated by Dr Sushil and Mahant Shri Rameshwar Dass in the presence of large number of people. Sensing the socio-economic background and after taking notice of the attendants’ personal history, Dr. Sushil made a statement of great magnitude viz., consuming major saturated fatty acids increases people’s risk of coronary heart diseases. Saturated fatty acids occur naturally in animal products like meat, eggs and dairy products as well as in some plant-based and vegetable oils such as coconut, palm and palm kernel oil. In addition, many baked goods and fried foods also contain high levels of saturated fats and trans fatty acids. He urged the common populace to replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats, whole grain carbohydrates or plant proteins as way of people lowering their risk of heart disease.
Elaborating this significant risk factor further Dr. Sushil asserted that most people in the semi-urban and rural areas eat too much saturated fat and oily products. Research over the decades clearly indicates that saturated fats raise low density Lipo-protein cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. Elevated level of LDL is a risk factor for heart diseases and increase cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Randomised control trials have clearly demonstrated that reduction of LDL cholesterol level with diet or lipid lowering drugs can reduce the risk of CVD. It has also been shown that there is a gradient that exists between the degree of lowering LDL cholesterol and magnitude of CVD prevention.
More than 200 people were screened and advised during the camp. Clinical and lab evaluation like ECG, Blood Sugar and Lipid Evaluation were done and free medicines were distributed as per the requirement.
Residents of the area Parshotam Didichi, Rashpaul Mangotra, Pawan Gupta, Shashipal Sharma, Ashwani Gupta, Madan Mohan, Arun, Ramesh and Bodh Raj applauded the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting a cardiac awareness cum health check up camp and felt their heartfelt gratitude and hoped such type of events will be done in future also.
Others who were part of this initiative include Dr. Dhaneshwar Kapoor, Dr Anitipal Singh, Paramedics and volunteers comprising Kamal Sharma, Kashmiri Lal, Vikas Kumar, Gourav Sharma, Jagdeep Singh, Rohit Khajuria, Suresh Baigra, Rajinder Singh and Raj Kumar.
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