STATE TIMES NEWSR S PURA: Emphasising upon one of the preventable causes for CVD morbidity and mortality due to smoking, Dr Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology Super Speciality Hospital, Jammu conducted a daylong camp at Rohi Morh village near Miran Sahib. More than 250 people were examined and evaluated while free tests were conducted and medicines were given as per requirement during the camp. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sushil said, “Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, including heart, blood vessels, lungs, eyes, mouth, reproductive organs, bones, bladder and digestive organs. The chemicals in tobacco smoke can damage function of heart, structure and function of our blood vessels. This damage increases risk of atherosclerosis. Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. When combined with other risk factors such as unhealthy blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, overweight or obesity, smoking further raises risk of heart disease. Smoking is also a major contributor for peripheral artery disease. People who have PAD are at higher risk for heart disease, heart attack and stroke.” “Contrary to popular notion that only regular smoker are at elevated risk, it has been seen that any amount of smoking, even light or occasional, damages heart and blood vessels. Second-hand smoke also can harm the heart and blood vessels. Second-hand smoke contains many of the same harmful chemicals that people inhale. The risks of second-hand smoke are especially high for premature babies who have respiratory distress syndrome and children who have conditions such as asthma,” Dr Sushil added. “One of the best ways to reduce the risk of heart disease is to avoid tobacco smoke. No matter how much or how long you have smoked, quitting will benefit you,” he said. Residents of the area including Sunny Sharma, Vijay Sharma, Dr Bittu, Babu Ram Bakshi, Ricky Sharma and Vicky Sharma appreciated efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting cardiac awareness camp in their area and sensitising younger generation regarding harmful effects of smoking. Others present on the occasion included Dr Daneshwar Kapoor, Dr Abdul Hameed, Kamal, Raghav Rajput, Vinayak Sharma, Aman Gupta, Akshay, Rajinder Singh, Harvinder Singh, Amandeep Singh, Maninder Singh, Gourav Sharma, Rohit Chalotra, Suresh Sharma, Sandeep Kohli and Raj Kumar (paramedics and volunteers).
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