Violence on border weakens walls of arteries: Dr Sushil

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Dr Sushil Sharma, Head of the Department of Cardiology, GMCH, today observed that the turbulence along the border does not let the residents breathe sigh of relief and repeated violation of ceasefire further push them to a situation which is full of stress, fear and unpredictable suffering due to border violence.
Dr Sushil Sharma made these observations while examining patients in the border village of Suchetgarh-which is situated on the Indo-Pak International Border (IB) in R S Pura sector. This sector always remained in lime light due to continue cease-fire violations resulted into human and economic losses. The prevailing uncertainty of life is the main cause of prevailing stress among the inhabitants of this border belt.
Maintaining the high values of care and empathy, Dr. Sushil Sharma conducted a day -long medical camp in the border village Suchetgarh. More than 350 patients were examined, diagnosed and advised. Free medicines were also distributed as per the requirement.
As stress, hypertension, lipid abnormalities were very high among the patients examined in the camp, Dr Sushil said that there are thousands of people living along the border of Jammu and Kashmir who are facing the harsh realities of life just being border residents. He also shared that being resident of Poonch (district which shares 62% of the landmine amputees, having 45 fenced-out villages along the Loc) he himself is well acquainted with the pain and suffering faced by the border residents
He also elaborated that such stressful life situations contributes to heart diseases and even affect behaviours and factors that increase heart disease risk like high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating . He advised people not to take too much alcohol or smoke cigarettes under the misconception to manage their chronic stress instead, these habits can further increase blood pressure and may also damage artery walls. Having too much stress for too long is certainly bad for heart. There is a positive co relation between stress and heart diseases, he added. Dr Sharma admired the resolute strength and patience of border residents for offering first line of defence to this great country and also appealed them to hold positive attitude in life which can be adopted by doing regular exercise, yoga and meditation, avoiding smoking, following healthy diet schedules and also by maintaining a healthy weight to deal with stress.
He also appealed to the state administration, civil society and various other stakeholders to be empathetic to them and listen their grievances so that their sufferings can be mitigated. Among others who were part of this humane endeavour along with Dr Sushil Sharma include Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor, Dr Mohi Kalsotra and Dr. Vijay Singh. Paramedics and volunteers who accompanied include Kamal Kishore, Kashmiri Lal, Rajesh Kumar, Shammi Thapa, Gaurav Sharma, Harvinder Singh, Aman Gupta, Rajkumar and Vikas Kumar. Members of the Raghunath Ji Mandir Committee Suchetgarh Balkar Singh, Bahadur Singh, Rajkumar Sharma, Sohan Lal, Parveen Choudhary and Surinder Singh appreciated the kind gesture shown by Dr Sushil and his team in providing succor to the stress ridden people of the border village.

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