Rise in Coronary heart diseases due to obesity: Dr Rajiv

Dr Rajiv Garg, Senior Interventional Cardiologist at Aware Gleneagles Global Hospitals here on Thursday said Coronary heart diseases is rising among young indians and mainly this is due to obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
In a release here, Dr Rajiv, while outlining various issues related to heart diseases and the precautions that one has to take to avoid them on the occasion of World Heart Day, which is celebrated every year on September 29, said, The most important thing that every individual should understand is that we all have to be fit and not fat. Exercise should be an integral part of our everyday activities and should be for a minimum of 30 minutes daily, at least five times a week.
Youngsters, who are becoming increasingly vulnerable to heart problems, is after attaining the age of 25, a comprehensive health check-up should be done annually without fail. Diabetes, cholesterol, ECG and TMT tests are mandatory for everyone. These precautions from an early age can help avert heart diseases of any kind, he suggested.
Stressing the need to maintain weight, irrespective of one’s age, Dr Garg, who have years of experience and treated innumerable patients, said it is vital that one should not only eat a diet that is low in carbohydrates but to also keep a count of the calories as a remedial measure against becoming fat or obese over a period of time. The burden on the country due to obesity is estimated at a staggering Rs.1.9 lakh crore, which translates to one per cent of the country’s GDP. We should take a pledge on this World Heart Day to do our bit to eliminate this growing menace, he said.
For those who do not have any health issues, their blood pressure should be less than 140/90 while it should be 130/85 if one has diabetes, coronary artery disease and nephropathy, the senior cardiologist said. Total cholesterol ought to be below 200 and LDL below 100. Those with a past heart disease should ensure that LDL is below 70 while those who have suffered a heart attack, it should invariably come under 60. One has to make sure that the fasting blood sugar is at 100 and the postprandial is at 140 levels, Dr Garg added. (UNI)