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Socio-economic adversity should be targeted for better health: Dr Sushil

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JAMMU: In perpetuation of an unexhausting and invaluable bid to extend his campaign to apprise and aware the populace about the feral effects of cardiovascular diseases, Dr. Sushil Sharma HoD Cardiology of GMC on Sunday held a day long camp at Shiv Shakti Farms, village Gurha Singhu, block Marh Jammu in which more than 200 patients were examined and taken care by the team of doctors and free medicines were also provided as per the requirement.
Stupendous observation was conducted by Dr. Sushil while examining patients. He observed that there is a strong link between low socioeconomic status and increased heart-disease risk.
There is a well-established relationship between Socio Economic Status (SES) and health, with individuals lower in SES experiencing higher rates of morbidity and mortality than higher-SES individuals. This relationship is particularly evident in the case of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), the progressive narrowing of the coronary vessels manifested by angina pectoris (chest pain), Myocardial Infarction (MI), and coronary death. Recent advancements in cardiovascular health have primarily benefitted wealthier, effluent and better-educated individuals, while progress among those of lower
socioeconomic standing continues to lag. Variation in SES demonstrates a consistent, inverse relationship with CHD morbidity and mortality and with CHD risk
factors such as cigarette
smoking, obesity and physical inactivity.
Understanding social and economic indicators including income, education, employment, and social class play an unquestionable role in improving health and quality of life. In fact, the most salient factor affecting the health of communities is related to social and economic elements. Vulnerable people who have less access to health and social facilities get sicker and die earlier than people in more fortunate social condition .
Moreover, social disadvantages and adversity in childhood may result in lasting adaptations to stress that take a bigger toll on the heart. Cumulative effects of social disadvantage throughout the lifespan could also cause more ‘wear and tear’ on the cardiovascular system, he emphasised.
The gradient incidence of CVD morbidity and mortality across the spectrum of SES, as this is mainly defined by income, occupation and educational status, has pronouncedly rendered clear the need to take into account more than the classical risk factors when trying to determine objectively the individual overall CVD risk. He, however, stressed that socioeconomic components are modifiable factors that can be controlled by strong policy interventions and awareness on the part of the targeted population both at the individual and government level. Eliminating health disparities will require attention to all SES components and the pathways by which they influence health. Residents of the area Rajeev Sharma, Khanaiya Lal and Suresh Kumar appreciated the efforts done by Dr Sushil and his team by conducting such an event in their
area and hoped such kind of activities will be done in future as well.
Others who were part of this endeavour included Dr Mohi Lalsotra , Dr Kewal Sharma and Dr Chakshu Mahajan. Paramedics and volunteers included Vikas Kumar, Kashmiri Lal, Raghav Rajput, Aman Gupta, Rajinder Singh, Nitesh Mahajan, Suresh Sharma, Manoj Sharma Amandeep Singh and Rajkumar.

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