Negative emotions impact heart health: Dr Sushil

HoD Cardiology GMC Jammu Dr Sushil Sharma examining patients at Mathwar in Jammu on Sunday.
HoD Cardiology GMC Jammu Dr Sushil Sharma examining patients at Mathwar in Jammu on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 8: Relentlessly working towards his mission to aware the common populace about the morbidities arising due to the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, Dr. Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology GMC today held a day long camp at Mathwar Nagri on the outskirts of Jammu city.
More than 300 people were screened during the camp. They were thoroughly evaluated, diagnosed and free medicines were given as per the requirements.
Keeping in view the sanctity of the venue, Dr. Sharma briefed the patients how spirituality and involvement in religious activities can delay the onset of Cardiovascular Diseases. He maintained that the physical health is intricately linked to our spiritual, mental and emotional health.”We must focus on our mental and spiritual health and not ignore them. Negative emotions viz. anger, stress, and pessimism/negativity increase heart disease and may take years to manifest consequences. Howe-ver, anger, stress, and pessimism make one crave for high sugar, high salt, and fatty foods which are not good for healthy heart. Chronic and sporadic anger are damaging to the heart. Anger stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, causing a surge of the same hormones that are released during the early morning hours to help us wake up and start the day.  Anger is detrimental to our physical, mental, and spiritual health and left unchecked it has the capacity to kill us,” he said.
He stressed that emotions cause changes in the concentration of various substances, like hormones and steroids that circulate in our bloodstream. Emotions influence the amount of resistance and turbulence within our blood vessels. They affect our organs – including our heart – in intangible ways. Stress can affect endothelial cells, which will send signals that trigger inflammation and clotting of the blood. If a person has hypertension, diabetes, smoking, dyslipidemia, and aging, they are predisposed to endothelial cell dysfunction. The endothelium is sensitive to psychological stress. This can compromise blood circulation to the heart. Stress also modifies cells in the bloodstream.
Others, who were part of this humane effort, included, Dr. Dhaneshwar Kapoor Dr. Anitipal Singh, Dr. Nidhi Mahajan, Dr. Chakshu Mahajan. Paramedics and Volunteers, who were part of the team, included Kashmiri Lal, Kamal Kishore, Raghav Rajput, Vikas Sabharwal, Ankush Kohli, Suresh Sharma, Gourav Sharma, Raj Kumar, Rajeev Vohra and Vikas Kumar.