STATE TIMES NEWS R S PURA: Educating public about signs of Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) and the importance of calling emergency help is an important step in improving the chances for survival and minimizing the damage that can occur due to the onset of cardiovascular diseases. This was stated by Dr Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology SSH Jammu said while speaking on the sidelines of a cardiac awareness camp that was conducted on the 4th Death anniversary of Late Smt Swadesh Chopra, former Director, Punjab Kesari Group at Baba Diwan Mandir, R S Pura. The camp was inaugurated by Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma along with Dr Sushil and other prominent members of the Punjab Kesari Group who also endorsed the significance of the vibrant and educated civil society towards mitigating the menace of cardiovascular diseases in their respective areas. More than 300 people were screened, evaluated, diagnosed and free medicines were given as per the requirements. During interaction with people, Dr Sushil stated that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death across the globe but many are unaware of their individual risk. “We commonly observe that most people especially young irrespective of age, don’t think they will have a stroke or heart attack. Nevertheless, it happens. We all come across score of individuals in our communities who have suffered either event, from mild coronary event or stroke to a permanent disabling or fatal one. Keeping in view the present set of circumstances and issues concerning availability of doctors, accessibility of local populace to health system and other socio-economic hiccups, it is difficult to screen and advise every single individual about the prevalence of CVDs and suggesting viable remedies thereof. At this juncture, educated lot of the society has a key role to play,” he added. He further maintained that pharmacists and intelligentsia of the particular society are well positioned to educate their community about the importance of cholesterol testing, knowing your blood pressure, controlling diabetes, taking their medications as prescribed, and knowing their lifestyle risk factors. Promoting advances in CVD mitigation and survival require coordination, cooperation and consultation across many disciplines and actors, Dr Sushil emphasized. Management Committee of the Punjab Kesari Group, Balram Saini, Bureau Chief Punjab Kesari Group, Mukesh Raina and Rajesh Bittu appreciated the selfless efforts of Dr Sushil and his team in extending quality healthcare service in far flung area of the Jammu region. Others who were part of this compassionate move included Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr Syed Raheela. Paramedics and Volunteers who were part of the team included Raghav Rajput, Gourav Heera, Vikas Kumar, Gourav Sharma, Amandeep Singh, Harvinder Singh, Rajinder Singh, Suresh Raina and Akshay Kumar.
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