STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: As a part of his health advocacy effort to sensitise general populace, including prominent sub-groups and vulnerable areas and sections, about the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, Dr Sushil, Head Cardiology Department, GMC & SSH Jammu and his team conducted a day-long camp here at BSF Frontier Headquarter. The camp was organised by BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA) under the supervision of IGP, N S Jamwal. The camp was inaugurated by Dr Sushil Sharma in presence of DIG/PSO J C Singh and Dr Karnail Singh, Commandant, MO. An interaction cum screening of Jawans along with their families was also conducted as a part of the outreach activity. While interacting with BSF Jawans, Dr Sushil mentioned that members of the armed forces bravely face myriad dangers, challenges and risks that are external in nature. “What they may not realise is that they face an internal danger as well. It is the onset of cardiovascular diseases that affects significant majority, and is found in higher than average rates among active duty military and veterans than in general population. Some studies suggest that hypertension and pre-hypertension is more common among active defence personnel than in general population. Despite the initial health screening during defence forces recruitment, CVD is still considered as an important cause of morbidity, work loss and mortality among in-duty defence personnel. Therefore, early detection and treatment of CVD is concomitant to ensure overall well-being of defence personnel,” he said. Dr Sushil delineated various risk factors responsible for prevalence of CVDs among defence personnel. “Among all the factors, combat exposure largely have long term effects on cardiovascular. However, its effects can be mitigated by healthy coping mechanisms. Largely, it has been observed that soldiers often turn to unhealthy methods of coping with the stress. Smoking, drinking and unhealthy eating are all common coping mechanisms that causes rise in blood pressure and increased risk for heart diseases. Coronary heart disease is also much more common in individuals subjected to chronic stress and recent research has focused on how to identify and prevent this growing problem, particularly with respect to job stress and working under tough circumstances like BSF Jawans are doing,” he said. “In many instances, we create our own stress that contributes to coronary disease by smoking and other faulty lifestyles or because of dangerous traits like excess anger, hostility, aggressiveness, time urgency, inappropriate competitiveness and preoccupation with work. Thus, through proper awareness, lifestyle changes, stress management, and possibly medication, cardiovascular diseases can be kept under control and heart risks can be minimised,” he added. Others who participated in the outreach service included Dr Nasir Ali Choudhary, Cardiologist; Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor, Dr Ashok Kumar and Dr Priyanka Bharti. Paramedics and volunteers included Kamal Kishore, Mohammad Altaf, Raghav Rajput, Amandeep Singh, Harvinder Singh, Anmol Singh, Rajinder Singh, Kirti Bhat, Gourav Sharma, Rohit Khajuria, Vikas Kumar and Raj Kumar were also present on the occasion.
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