Stress, Abdominal Obesity Leading Contributors to Declining Heart Health, Say Cardiologists on World Heart Day

FARIDABAD/September 29: Cardiologists at Amrita Hospital, Faridabad named stress, smoking and overeating-led visceral weight gain as the flagbearers of risk factors leading to cardiovascular challenges as health workers around the world observed World Heart Day on Friday (September 29).

Dr. Vivek Chaturvedi, HoD, Dept of Adult Cardiology, Amrita Hospital, Faridabad said, “Stress management takes center stage in heart health so, it is crucial to avoid excessive stress and also smoking which is caused by it. Additionally, maintaining control over eating habits is crucial; overeating should be avoided, and a healthy diet should be embraced. Abdominal obesity is a significant concern for heart health which can be prevented through regular exercise and physical activity. Such activities hold great significance in preventing a range of diseases, including hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. Weight loss and blood pressure reduction can often be achieved through regular exercise without the need for medication.”

Following the cue for growing concerns for cardiovascular diseases among today’s youth, doctors and specialists at Amrita Hospital, Faridabad also mentioned that school students should adapt to a healthy lifestyle early on in their lives which will help them sidestep adverse heart diseases in the long run.

To further the message of taking up positive routines for a healthy heart and raise awareness among the youth, Dr. Mohit Bhutani, Assistant Professor, Dept of Adult Cardiology, Amrita Hospital, Faridabad conducted a health talk at the Modern Delhi International School in Faridabad where he encouraged teachers and students alike to take a conscious step towards their heart-health.

Dr. Bhutani said, “Students should focus on taking a balanced diet, with an adequate intake of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and nuts while cautioning against excessive consumption of fatty foods. In the educational setting, schools play a pivotal role in promoting heart health among students. Schools to monitor students’ anthropometry regularly, which includes measurements like height, weight, and body mass index, to identify and address potential obesity concerns early on. Incorporating yoga and meditation into daily routines can enhance mental and emotional health of students. It is essential for students to avoid harmful habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and substance abuse. Teachers are urged to lead by example by proactively integrating heart-healthy practices into their lives, including regular exercise, tobacco and alcohol avoidance, and stress management through activities like yoga and meditation.”

Amrita Hospital, Faridabad aims to promote heart health and overall well-being through empowering informed lifestyle choices of individuals. The significance of these choices is profound as they hold the potential to mitigate heart disease risk factors.

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