Dr. Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology Super Specialty Hospital during a medical camp.
STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Highlighting the long-term problems caused by the incidence of vascular diseases, Dr. Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology Super Specialty Hospital and his team on Sunday elaborated upon this important theme on the occasion of National Vascular Disease Awareness Day by organising health check up cum awareness camp at Vishwakarma Mandir, Preet Nagar, Digiana here. More than 300 patients were examined and free medicines were disturbed as per the requirements. Vascular disease is a class of diseases of the blood vessels like arterial disease, venous disease, disease of blood clots, aortic aneurysm and fibro muscular dysplasia. Some of the factors responsible for the occurrence of peripheral vascular disease are Hypertension, diabetes, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, family history, increasing age and high levels of homocysteine. Growth in ageing population is the primary factor responsible for the growth of peripheral vascular disease. Recent studies reveal that globally, around 20 per cent of the population above 65 years is diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease every year. Changing lifestyles and rise in diabetes and smoking have resulted in the increased incidence of peripheral vascular diseases, thus propelling the global peripheral vascular disease burden. What is more threatening is interlocking of PAD with cardiovascular events. Individuals with PAD have an exceptionally elevated risk for cardiovascular events and the majority will eventually die of a cardiac or cerebrovascular etiology. Large vessel PAD increases mortality from cardiovascular disease significantly, Dr. Sushil added. During the camp renowned vascular surgeon Dr Gurjit Singh and Dr. Arvind Kohli asserted that most alarming part of this morbidity involves its asymptomatic nature in majority of the cases. Peripheral arterial disease is more common in people between the age of 50 to 69 and who have a cardiovascular risk factor (particularly diabetes, smoking, hypertension, and dyslipidemia). Even population with known atherosclerotic coronary, carotid or renal artery disease are more prone to such eventualities. Studies reveals peripheral artery disease affects 1 in 3 diabetics over the age of 50, they added. At the conclusion of the day long camp, Dr Sushil briefed the gathering that the best way to prevent peripheral vascular disease is to reduce the risk factors. Other vascular diseases like disease of the veins, blood clots, aortic aneurysm and disease like dysplasia need both clinical and relevant radiological tests to diagnose. Members of the Management Committee of the Vishwakarma Sabha Shashi Verma, Gurmukh Singh, Raman Chalotra, Rampaul Chadgotra and Vijay Bral applauded the efforts of Dr Sushil, Dr Gurjit, Dr Arvind and team of young doctors and volunteers for conducting the camp and deliberating upon the important theme on a short notice. Others who were part of this event included Dr Kewal Sharma, Dr Chakshu Mahajan, Dr Anitipal singh, Dr Parvinder Kour. Paramedics and volunteers include Kamal Sharma, Kashmiri Lal, Vikas Kumar, Aman Gupta, Harvinder Singh, Rajinder Singh, Suresh Baigra, Ankush Kohli, Vikas Sabharwal, Amandeep Singh, Rajeev Vohra and Rajkumar.
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