Smoking doubles risk of heart attack: Dr Sushil
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: To strengthen the campaign further to aware the people about the effects of cardiovascular diseases Dr. Sushil Sharma (HOD Cardiology GMCH & SSH Jammu) holds a day long camp at Panchayat Ghar Gompul Domana , Bhalwal 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. More than 200 people were screened, evaluated and diagnosed, and free medicines were given as per the requirement.
While Interacting with the people Dr Sushil said, “Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people worldwide each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. Every cigarette takes away five minutes of one’s life. Dr Sushil further validates the significant risk of Myocardial Infarction with the other forms of Tobacco like Bidis and smokeless or chewing tobacco. While the risk of heart attack with Bidi use was as much as with cigarette, or that of chewed tobacco was slightly lower and the risk was four fold in individuals who used both smoke and smokeless forms,” he said.
Dr Sushil also stressed that the Tobacco abuse is a major risk factor for coronary artery disease – blockage of heart arteries leading to a heart attack. The incidence of heart disease is 3-5 times higher in smokers than non-smokers. People who smoke their chances of dying of a heart attack are 70 per cent more than in non-smokers. He also advised people the best thing all smokers can do for their hearts is to quit smoking. Within five years of quitting, smokers lower their risk of heart attacks to about that of a person who has never smoked.
Resident of Panchayat Yashpal Sharma, Raj Hussain, Rajinder Seth, Bodh Raj Bhagat , Shamsher Singh Chib and Randhir Singh applauded the efforts of Dr Sushil Sharma.
The team which accompanied Dr Sushil comprised of Dr. Mohi Kalsotra, Dr. Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr Anitipal Singh, besides paramedics and volunteers Kamal Kishore, Kashmiri Lal, Harvinder Singh, Rajkumar, Gorav Sharma, Aman Gupta, Rajeev Vohra and Vikas Kumar.