A free cardiac and vascular checkup, prevention and treatment camp is being organized jointly by the Christian Medical College & Hospital and the Shree Ram Sharnam Ashram in Shanti Nagar in Ferozpur City from 9 AM to 1 PM on 9th Oct 2011 (Sunday) . Dr Harinder Singh Bedi – Head of the Cardio Vascular Department of CMC& H - said that it is generally believed that heart and vascular disease was less in the smaller cities. However in his experience of 20 years and in the experience of others this was found to be a false myth. Upto 35% of Dr Bedi’s cardio-vascular patients are from the Malwa area.
Punjab reports a very high incidence of diabetes, high blood cholesterol level and obesity. These, in turn, manifest as cardiac problems. A very high incidence of heart and vascular disease has been noted in Punjab. While it is true that smaller cities have a clean non polluted atmosphere and the pace of life is generally relaxed – but at the same time there has been a gradual change in lifestyle. India today in 2010 accounts for nearly 60 per cent of the global heart ailments as per WHO statistics. It is also seen that Indians had more common involvement at younger age with smaller coronary arteries; diffuse distal disease, multi-vessel disease and higher incidence in women. Dr Bedi said that they would try to address the root cause of heart disease in Punjab. With a view to screen such cases and to reach out to them with the idea of teaching them ways to prevent heart and vascular disease the CMC & H cardiac surgery team is taking a group of highly trained specialists and paramedical workers to reach out to the common man .
Dr Abraham G Thomas – Director of CMC & H – said that the outreach programmes were an integral and important part of the basic philosophy of
CMC so that medical care could reach one and all in this region. Free consultations by super-specialists, free tests and medications would be given. A special test for vascular disease – The ABI test – would be done for all patients where indicated.
A special part of the camp would be the inclusion of individualized dietary counseling and the teaching of heart healthy yoga techniques to all the people. The camp will be followed by a CME (continuing medical education) programme for the doctors of the region.
The team will include Dr A Joseph, Dr A Gupta, Dr Paul, Dr Udeyana, Dr Susan, Dr Miria , Dr Arjin, Mr Jairus , Mr William , Dietitians headed by Dr Ruma Singh , Cardiac Staff Nurses headed by Sister Balwinder Kaur ,and Yoga Acharya Mr Nirmal Singh .