In order to augment the awareness related to cardiovascular diseases, Head of the Cardiology department GMC, Jammu Dr. Sushil Sharma today holds a day long camp in association with CHILDLINE, Nodal, University of Jammu at the Home for Aged in Akhnoor in the outskirts of Jammu City .
Accompanied by Dr. Arvind Jasrotia (HOD-Law/ Director, Childline) and a team of young doctors, paramedics and volunteers, Dr. Sushil Sharma reached the Home for Aged in the morning and started scanning inmates of the old age homeand adjoining areas for prevalence of cardiac diseases. More than 300 people were Screened, evaluated , investigated and free medicines were given as per the requirements.
Dr. Sushil said,” There is an alarming rate of prevalence of CVDs in India. In fact, the prevalence in India is higher than other countries of the same region. Keeping in mind the huge population of India, a prevalence rate of 11% is a disturbing figure, even though in a specific region in India, when translated into numbers. The escalation in the prevalence rates have been observed since the last decade and are expected to continue with the same pattern if the current situation prevails. These rates indicate newer patterns of the disease incidence. Previously thought to affect only high income countries, CVD burden is now being transferred to the developing countries as evident by it is presence in India. Moreover, these rates seem to be increasing disproportionately as compared to other countries. He Stressed that CVD is catching up in lower income groups also, in spite of the difference in the lifestyle, culture etc. indicating the urgency of addressing the associated risk factors Hypertension ,Tobacco use , Diabetes, Physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, Cholesterol/lipids, Obesity . The high prevalence in rural areas in comparison with urban areas indicates that as the disease matures and gets a stronger grip in the country, it will percolate to all categories of the population affecting the whole society. This can be confirmed as recent studies in India show that individuals with lower levels of income or education are at a higher risk suggesting that the prevalence is following the pattern seen with advanced epidemics in developed countries- the highest prevalence is shifting from the affluent to the less affluent . There is an increasing trend for reversal in the socio-economic gradient for CVD (as already manifested in developed nations), with the poor and disadvantaged having equal and sometimes higher, burden of CVD and it. . There is increase in the incidence of CVD amongst various age groups and across genders. Led by Dr. Sushil, the team of doctors which were part of this humane effort included Dr. Mohi Kalsotra, Dr. Dhaneshwar Kapoor, Dr. Anitipal Singh and Dr Gurpreet kour . Paramedics and Volunteers who were part of the team included Kashmiri Lal, Kamal Kishore, Sanjay sharma ,aman Gupta , Vikas kumar ,Rajeev vohra ,Rohit khajuria( Coordinator. Childline) and Deepika badyal, sonam prashar ,Shivani Chib, Nitan Sharma ( Research scholars ,Law Department).