Smoking, stress shortens life-span; leads to sudden heart attack: Dr. Sushil

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 Newspoint Bureau

Jammu Tawi, November 22

Taking up the cause of reaching out to refugees living on the borders with message of keeping their heart healthy, cardiology department of Government Medical College and Super-speciality Hospital (GMS&SH) Jammu today held a camp in the  border village of Anandpur in Bishnah Tehsil of Jammu district.   In Anandpur village, the team led by HOD Cardiology Dr. Sushil Sharma screened the people for prevelance of cardiac diseases who had assembled in large number in Anandpur Village. Mostly refugees and people of border area, the team took special care in screening them since they found quite a good number of them suffering from acute stress due to proximity with border which has in past remained disturbed for most of the time.

They screened the patient with immense care and ensured that those who had come go home both with advice for living a heart healthy life and keeping stress away from their daily chores.  “I know people smoke to deal with stress. But those who smoke do not know that not only lungs but smoking Cigarette and tobacco alongwith high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes are six major independent risk factors for coronary heart disease that you can modify or control. It takes you nearer to door of death. A smoker has little chances of surviving even a minor cardiac arrest,” said Dr. Sushil.

He further said that cigarette smoking is as widespread and significant as a risk factor that it has now become the leading preventable cause of disease and deaths in our state. Dr. Sushil told the gathering that cigarette smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease by itself. When it acts with other factors, it greatly increases risk. Smoking increases blood pressure, decreases exercise tolerance and increases the tendency for blood to clot.

Alongwith Dr. Sushil, the team of doctors which screened more than 250 patients included Dr. Dhaneshwar Kapoor, Dr. Aniti Pal Singh and Dr. Anchit Singh. The team of Paramedics and Volunteers who increased significance of this camp included Kamal Kishore, Kashmiri Lal, Sanjay Sharma, Akshay, Vikas Kumar, Gourav Sharma, Mohan krishan Narinder Mahajan, and Navdeep Singh.

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