Smoking doubles risk of Heart attacks: Dr Sushil


To aware the people about the effects of cardiovascular diseases, Dr Sushil Sharma (HOD Cardiology GMCH & SSH Jammu) today conducted free medical camp at Panchayat Ghar Gompul Domana , Bhalwal Jammu. Over 200 people were screened, evaluated, diagnosed and free medicines were given as per the requirement.
While Interacting with the people Dr Sushil said, “Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people worldwide each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. Every cigarette takes away five minutes of one’s life.
There is one death every eight seconds in India directly related to smoking. It has been estimated that there are 1.1 billion smokers worldwide and 250 million of them live in India. 17% male and 9% female smokers are in the age group of 13-17 years. 50% smoke bidis while 36% chew tobacco/gutka and most of them start smoking at the age of 15 years.
Dr Sushil further validates the significant risk of Myocardial Infarction with the other forms of Tobacco like bidis and smokeless or chewing tobacco. While the risk of heart attack with bidi use was as much as with cigarette, or that of chewed tobacco was slightly lower and the risk was four fold in individuals who used both smoke and smokeless forms. Smoking increases blood pressure, decreases exercise tolerance and increases the tendency for blood to clot. Smoking also increases the risk of recurrent coronary heart disease after bypass surgery. Cigarette smoking is the most important risk factor for young men and women,” he Added. Resident of Panchayat applauded the efforts of Dr Sushil Sharma and his team for taking special care of the people belonging to their area and expressed hope that such kind of initiatives would be taken in the coming days also.
Others who were part of this humane effort included Dr Mohi Kalsotra, Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor Dr Anitipal Singh. Paramedics and Volunteers who were part of the team included Kamal Kishore, Kashmiri Lal, Harvinder Singh, Rajkumar, Gorav Sharma, Aman Gupta, Rajeev Vohra and Vikas Kumar.