Socio-economic disparities affect heart health: Dr Sushil

HoD Cardiology Dr Sushil Sharma examining patients at Bhalwal on Sunday.
HoD Cardiology Dr Sushil Sharma examining patients at Bhalwal on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 12: Reinvigorating his campaign to aware the general population about the ill effects of cardiovascular diseases, Dr. Sushil Sharma HoD Cardiology of GMC today held a day long camp at Radha Soami Ji Ashram Kangrail, Block Bhalwal.
Striking observation was made by Dr. Sushil while examining the patients. He observed that there is a link between low socioeconomic status and increased heart-disease risk.
Inequality in education, income, and occupation exacerbates the gaps between the health “have” and “have-nots”.  He, however, maintained that it may be largely due to reduced health-care access or poor adherence to treatments such as smoking cessation or medication.
Moreover, social disadvantages and adversity in childhood may result in lasting adaptations to stress that take a bigger toll on the heart.  Cumulative effects of social disadvantage throughout the lifespan could also cause more ‘wear and tear’ on the cardiovascular system, he emphasised.
He, however, stressed that socioeconomic components are modifiable factors that can be controlled by strong policy interventions and awareness on the part of the targeted population both at the individual and Government level. “Policies encouraging more years of schooling and supporting early childhood education may have health benefits. Eliminating health disparities will require attention to all SES components and the pathways by which they influence health. The risk factors require education at younger age since the process of atherosclerosis starts at the younger age,” he added.
More than 300 patients were examined and taken care of by the team of doctors and free medicines were also provided as per the requirement.
Others who were part of this endeavour   included  Dr  Dhaneshwar Kapoor, Dr Anitipal Singh and Dr Chakshu Mahajan. Paramedics and volunteers included Kamal Sharma, Kashmiri Lal, Raghav Rajput, Aman Gupta,  Rajinder Kumar, Akshay Kumar, Manoj Sharma, Varinder Sharma, Gourav Sharma, Akshay Kumar, Raj Kumar, Rajeev Vohra  and Vikas Kumar.