New Delhi, September 24th, 2023: Marking the occasion of World Heart Day, HCMCT Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, as its initiative of ‘Guardians of the Heart,’ organised a walkathon to encourage people to take part in protecting their heart health. The 3 KM walkathon began at 7:00 AM from HCMCT Manipal Hospital, Sec-6, Dwarka, culminating at the DDA Sports Complex, Sec-11, Dwarka. An impressive turnout of more 800 participants was witnessed during this event.
Modern lifestyles, dominated by processed and unhealthy foods, coupled with sedentary habits, have led to an alarming surge in heart health issues such as high cholesterol and hypertension. Walking, a simple yet effective activity, emerges as the antidote. It enhances blood circulation, fortifies the cardiovascular system, and diminishes heart disease risk factors. Walkathons of this nature furnish an opportunity for individuals to engage in physical fitness, championing a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Addressing the participants of this event, Dr. Yugal Kishore Mishra, Chief of Clinical Services, Head Of Cardiac Sciences And Chief Cardio Vascular Surgeon, HCMCT Manipal Hospitals, Dwarka said, “Every year, we observe World Heart Day to highlight the significance of caring for our own as well as the hearts of others. The active participation of our neighborhood residents and doctors has only proved how starting our days with a walk and making small but simple changes can make a difference in our overall well-being and help us live better lives. This walkathon not only inspired people but also encouraged them to take steps towards better heart health and reducing the burden of heart disease in our community.”
Flagging off the walkathon, Dr. Samanjoy Mukherjee, Senior Interventional Cardiologist at HCMCT Manipal Hospitals, Dwarka, said, “Caring for one’s heart is paramount, and walking is one of the best ways to stay active. This activity positively impacts cholesterol levels, blood pressure, energy levels, and weight management, collectively contributing to comprehensive heart health.”
According to a data release by the World Heart Federation, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the main cause of death worldwide, having increased by 60% from 12.1 million in 1990 to 20.5 million in 2021. It is critical to raise awareness about this illness. Both the government and private healthcare providers have to come together to address this issue.