Dr.Amar Singhal

Cardiologist

M.D.,D.M,F.A.C.C.,F.R.C.P(Glasg),M.N.A.M.S.
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If this does not put fear into the minds of those that are engaged in dubious deals, whether political, business or whatever, nothing probably will Corruption is not only confined to illegal give and take of money; it is also being identified as a potential risk factor to harm the heart. Because it is an act that can induce in anybody the guilt of wrongdoing or crime, the person involved may suffer with a condition associated with dangerous stress. Since the past three to four years, the exposure of corrupt practices is in the air much more than ever before, through various routes of information and media. Not only this, it has now become almost a compulsory topic of discussions and debates. It means that malpractices like corruption, happening at any end of any place, is now more vulnerable to public exposure. Focus has shifted on it, hence aggravating the perception of crime with corruption. Because of this, the issue can now burden the body with over-stress along with other harmful condition such as lack of sleep disorders. This stress itself might be a risk factor, or it could be that high levels of stress make other risk factors (such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure) worse. For example, if you are under stress, your blood pressure goes up, you may over-eat, you may exercise less, and you may be more likely to smoke. If stress itself is a risk factor for heart disease, it could be because chronic stress exposes your body to unhealthy, persistently elevated levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Studies also link stress to changes in the way blood clots, which increases the risk of heart attack. Poor sleep on the other hand is seen to worsen heart disease and increase the risk of heart attacks by boosting inflammation in the body over time. A study of more than 600 men and women with heart disease revealed that those who reported sleeping poorly had higher levels of inflammation after five years. Inflammation is associated with coronary heart disease and heart- attack risks. Hence, anybody voluntarily indulging in any act of corruption now is also volunteering to fall prey to fatal health issues like the heart attack. The chance is even higher in people who have additional risk factors like hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol. Heart disease has emerged as the number one killer among Indians. About 25 per cent of the deaths between the age group of 25 and 69 years occur because of heart diseases, according to a recent study by the Registrar General of India and the Indian Council of Medical Research. Heart disease accounts for about 19 per cent of all deaths, if all age groups are included. The study found, it is the leading cause of death among males as well as females and in all regions of India. India with its population of over 1.2 billion people accounts to an estimate of over 60 per cent of heart disease patients worldwide. Heart related disorders will kill about 20 million people by 2015, and they are exceptionally prevalent in the Indian sub-continent, according to the World Health Organisation. About half of the heart attacks reported in India occur under the age of 50 years and 25 per cent under the age of 40. Estimates show that there would be over 1.6 million strokes per year in India by 2015 and one-third of them resulting in disabilities. Along with avoiding factors that can cause stress, prevention from heart disease involves a strict low-fat diet. Fruits and green vegetables must be included in large amounts. Junk food, oily food, must be avoided at all cost. Tobacco and alcohol consumption are strictly prohibited. Daily exercise or yoga is necessary to keep your weight in check which in turn keeps your heart healthy. Plus, no corruption!

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