Excessive Alcohol worsen heart function: Dr Sushil

To aware the common people about the effects of cardiovascular diseases, Dr Sushil Sharma (HOD Cardiology GMCH & SSH Jammu) today conducted a day long camp at Community Hall Simbal Pind, R S Pura Jammu. Accompanied by a team of young doctors, paramedics and volunteers, Dr.Sushil Sharma examined people of the area for prevalence of cardiac diseases and other health ailments Over 300 people were screened, evaluated, diagnosed and free medicines were given as per the requirements.
While interacting with the people Dr Sushil Said that CVD have now become the leading cause of mortality in India. A quarter of all mortality is attributable to CVD. Premature mortality in terms of years of life lost because of CVD in India increased by 59%, from 23.2 million (1990) to 37 million (2010). Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths every year result from harmful use of alcohol, this represent 5.9 % of all deaths. Alcohol consumption causes death and disability relatively early in life. In the age group 20 – 39 years approximately 25 % of the total deaths are alcohol-attributable. Dr Sushil elaborated that Excessive alcoholism is one of the major risk factor for CVD. Drinking more than the lower risk limits regularly and over a long period of time can increase your risk of developing heart disease. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol causes raised blood pressure which is one of the most important risk factors for having a heart attack. Increases in your blood pressure can also be caused by weight gain from excessive drinking. “Heavy drinking weakens the heart muscle, which means the heart cannot pump blood as efficiently known as cardiomyopathy and can cause premature death, usually through heart failure and also the heart may be enlarged. Beyond health consequences, the harmful use of alcohol brings significant social and economic losses to individuals and society at large. ” he added. Resident of Simbal pind appreciated the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for organizing cardiac awareness camp in their area and express heartfelt gratitude.

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