Dr.Amar Singhal


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Fight against corruption gets a new dimension and reason just ahead of the 67th Independence Day. A huge number of people pledged for saying no to corrupt practices in their daily lives not only for freedom from corruption, but also in order to downsize risk that could pose serious threat to their health. A public interest meet, organised by cardiology department of Sri Action Balaji Medical Institute, New Delhi, spoke about the ill effects of corruption on heart health. Dr Amar Singhal , HOD- Cardiology at Sri Action Balaji Hospital said “ People should be aware that anything that has the capacity to cause too much stress has the ability to be hazardous to heart. And the hit is worse in people who carry heart disease risk factors like hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol, which is evidently present in more than 50% of people especially in urbanised cities like Delhi. “ He explained “In the past recent times, large scale exposure of corruption in India has brought public anger to boil. Not only it has spurred many national movements but also has made corruption much talked about topic at homes, offices and public places. Corruption is an act of betrayal and hence causes anger and sorrow along with fear and anxiety. All this may lead to extra stress that can cause high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, damage to your arteries, high cholesterol levels and weakened immune system. In times of stress, people often turn to harmful habits to reduce their stress, such as cigarette smoking, overeating, and over-use of alcohol. All of these factors put you at additional risk for heart disease and stroke.” Research (ICMR) has revealed that Heart disease results in about 19 percent of all deaths in India. The study has found that around 25 percent of deaths in the age group of 25- 69 years is being caused by heart disease. India is home to 60 percent of heart disease patients worldwide. On what we need to do Dr Amar Singhal adds “ being already genetically pre disposed to heart disease, it’s vital for all of us to understand that being part of corrupt system that by any means frighten or annoy us is much harmful. The key is not to be suffocated and stressed but to be alert, vigilant and honest. This keeps you focused and energetic, hence improving overall health. “Other aspects in Prevention from heart disease involve 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.” He added further.

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