Guwahati-based premier healthcare institute GNRC has launched a special Heart Care Package for the teachers, journalists, senior citizens and security personnel of Assam.
The package was launched on September 29 on the occasion of World Heart Day.
Dr. Nomal Chandra Borah, Founder-GNRC Affordable Health Mission and GNRC Group of Hospitals said, "The scheme which we are launching today is a small token of appreciation for the four segments of society as a mark of gratitude for their selfless contribution to society and respect to the senior citizens from the GNRC Family."
He said that the scheme aims to encourage them to regularly monitor their heart health and avoid major cardiovascular diseases in the future.
"Under the scheme, all the teachers, journalists, senior citizens and police personnel of the state can now avail themselves a free Heart Check-up once a year along with their family members at all the GNRC units in Assam.
"Moreover, they will be entitled to Free Ambulance, Free Emergency Services, Free doctor consultation and heavily discounted treatment options for any kind of heart ailments," Bora added.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sunil Dawka from the Cardio Vascular Thoracic Surgery department of the GNRC Hospital highlighted the theme of this year's World Heart Day, "Use Heart to Connect" and urged the citizens to care for their heart and spread awareness about cardiovascular diseases.
Speaking about heart attacks and their management, Dr. Habibor Rahman, said that the solution to prevent individuals from heart-related diseases is lifestyle management, along with regular check-ups.
Dr. Rahman added that the frightening scenario of cardiovascular diseases can be altered if we unitedly resolve to be more alert towards our heart health.
A healthy diet and regular exercise must be made a daily routine in order to stay fit and healthy, he said, adding alcohol and caffeine consumption must be reduced and smokers must show determination to quit their bad habits.
Speaking about heart attacks and their management, Dr Rahman, stated that the solution to prevent individuals from heart-related diseases is lifestyle management, along with regular check-ups.
Dr. Prabir Kumar Gupta said that according to World Health Organization data, 17.9 million individuals die every year due to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), which is estimated to cause 31% of all deaths worldwide.
"Cardiovascular diseases are a collective of various kinds of heart ailments, stroke and diseases of blood vessels nourishing the limbs. Of them, coronary artery disease, also called ischemic heart disease--symptomized by the hardening of arteries-and strokes account for most deaths," he said.
These are the consequences of a modern sedentary lifestyle, eating habits, lack of physical activity thereby making more and more individuals to suffer from non-communicable diseases, especially coronary artery heart diseases, Gupta added.
Studies have revealed that rates of death from cardiac issues caused by narrowing of the heart's arteries has increased rapidly in rural areas of India and even surpassed those in urban areas between the year 2000 and 2020, he pointed out.
"Due to a combination of factors such as inadequate awareness, unaffordability and lack of access to quality healthcare, heart disease-related deaths in the region are rising. WHO estimates that 23 Million people worldwide may lose their precious lives due to various Cardiovascular diseases by the year 2030," Gupta added.
Dr Anup Kumar Boro, Director of Cardiology, GNRC Hospitals highlighted the milestone of GNRC Heart Institute as one the pioneer heart centre in the city since 1999.
He said the GNRC Heart Institute has offered its Heart Care services to over 2.8 Lakh people.
"And now it's also affiliated with Free Health Card of AAA and PMJAY card so the needful can avail the benefits and avail free health services as per the care facility, Dr. Boro said.