JAMMU, Feb 19: Asserting a positive correlation between how religious and spiritual beliefs influence heart health , Dr. Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology, GMC today conducted a day long camp at Gurudwara Shri Guru Arjun Dev Ji in Domana area. Keeping in view the sanctity attached to the place, Dr. Sushil proposed that there are number of important pathways through which religion has the capacity to control Cardiovascular Diseases and thereby help in promoting overall well being of an individual. He emphasised that by prescribing a certain diet or discouraging the abuse of alcoholic beverages, smoking, etc., religion can protect and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Further, he said, religious people can experience a better mental health, more positive psychological states, more optimism and faith, which in turn can lead to a better physical State due to less stress. Moreover, spiritual and religious beliefs increases inner peace and provides strength to cope up with the diseases, a phenomenon commonly known as Spiritual coping. Meditation, yoga, relaxation exercises, prayer, etc. have positive effect on the overall human environs and particular cardiovascular diseases, he added.
Dr. Sushil emphasised the pivotal role that the religious institutions can play to aware the common populace about the various health concerns and their remedy provided in their respective religious literature. “Only conjoint and collaborative effort in this aspect can avert the affliction created by Cardiovascular Diseases, which is the leading cause of death killing 17.5 million people globally,” he added.
More than 500 patients were examined and treated as a part of this cardiovascular awareness campaign. Free medicines were also given as per the advice.
Dr. Dhaneshwar Kapoor, Dr. Anitipal Singh and Dr. Chakshu Mahajan, paramedics and volunteers Kamal Sharma, Kashmiri Lal, Raghav Rajput, Akshay Kumar, Aman Gupta,Vikas Sabharwal, Gourav Sharma, Rajinder Singh, Lokesh Manni, Ankush Kohli, Suresh Sharma, Rajeev Vohra , Raj Kumar, Jarnail Singh Isher, Dr. Vivak M Arya and Vikas Kumar also assisted in the camp.