Process of atherosclerosis starts at early Age: Dr Sushil

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In a bid to reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases among the general population, Dr Sushil Sharma (HoD, Department of Cardiology, GMC Jammu) today held a day-long health awareness camp in SOS village Home, Gole Gujral.
Dr Sushil and his team looked at the tender buds with lot of care and attention and advised them to follow healthy lifestyle in order to delay the onset of any ailment. Around 250 people including inhabitants residing in the adjoining area were diagnosed, evaluated and advised during the camp. He maintained that it is very depressing to note that the coronary artery diseases is a major cause of concern among the younger generation.
While interacting with the inmates of the home, Dr Sushil asserted that the coronary artery disease begins in childhood. It is a common term for the build up plaques. With coronary artery disease, plaque first grows within the walls of the coronary arteries until the blood flow to the heart’s muscle is limited. This results in ischemia. It may be chronic, narrowing of the coronary artery over time and limiting of the blood supply to part of the muscle. Or it can be acute, resulting from a sudden rupture of a plaque and formation of a thrombus or blood clot
Dr Sushil highlighted the traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease like smoking in younger generation, high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, physical inactivity, obesity and stress. He further enlightened the young children that coronary artery disease is preventable if precautions are taken at the appropriate time typical warning signs such as chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations and even fatigue. He advised them if they feel any of the above mentioned symptoms should not be taken lightly and consult a doctor.
He further added that living a healthy lifestyle that incorporates healthy diet, weight management and getting plenty of physical activity can play a pivotal role in avoiding CAD. He claimed that healthy lifestyle delays the process of atherosclerosis and thus helps in the regression of CAD.
On this occasion Prof Arvind Jasrotia (HOD/Nodal Director, CHILDLINE, Department of Law, University of Jammu) applauded the efforts of Dr Sushil Sharma and his team in providing succor to the God’s most loved creatures.
Jagir Dass (Director), Brijesh Singh(Astt. Director), Meenu Singh and staff of the SOS Home also expressed their gratitude to Dr Sushil Sharma and CHILDLINE Team in organising health awareness camp.

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