LUDHIANA– Dr. Harinder Singh Bedi, Chairman, Cardiac Sciences at the Cardiac Care Center, a unit of Ludhiana Mediways Hospital, delivered a talk on the topic ‘How to Be Heart Smart’ at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). About 200 staff members including deans, directors, and heads of different departments attended the talk. Dr. Ashok Kumar, Director of Extension Education; Dr. S.S. Kukal, Dean, College of Agriculture; and Dr. S.S. Gosal, Member, Board of Management, PAU, also graced the occasion. Dr. Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja, Head, Department of Entomology, PAU, coordinated the programme.
Dr. Bedi stated, “The incidence of heart disease in Punjab is as high as 6 percent with 61 people out of every 1000 people being affected by this disease. The most worrisome thing is the rising incidence of heart disease in people in the age group of 30-40 years.” He further informed about the hazardous effects of stress, hostile emotions, a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet on the heart. “The heart does not get an attack on its own; it is we people, who attack our heart through an unhealthy lifestyle,” he observed. Speaking about heart health in winters, Dr. Bedi informed, “The risk of having a heart attack during winters is almost twice as high as in summers and the winter attack is also more likely to be fatal.” Urging the esteemed faculty of PAU to take special care of their heart health in winters, Dr. Bedi said, “Remember to take all medications (for high BP/diabetes/high cholesterol/any heart disease like angina) regularly as recommended by a doctor.
Don’t ignore symptoms or postpone visiting a doctor if you are feeling unwell. Avoid tobacco, coffee, tea or alcohol just to warm you up because the additional nicotine and caffeine put a stress on the heart. It is important to sit in the sun to improve your spirits and your levels of Vitamin D. Consume a prudent diet low in saturated fats and calories; avoid fatty, fried and nonvegetarian food. Take nuts and dry fruit in moderation if you are not overweight.”
Dr. Bedi further said, “During winters, try to keep your heart healthy by sticking to your normal exercise plan, but avoid early morning walks. Instead, wait for sunrise before going for a walk. Make sure you wear proper clothes before going out in the winters-a thermal inner, muffler, cap, warm socks and a jacket are important for enjoying a healthy walk.” Cautioning against sudden vigorous exercise in a gym, Dr. Bedi said, “It is important to start your exercise regime slowly because the cardiovascular system can adapt to slow and progressive changes, but it has a much more difficult time adapting to sudden changes. Let a properly trained gym instructor chart a graded exercise programme for you.”
The audience appreciated the interesting talk on heart health. Dr. Gosal presented a memento to Dr. Bedi. Earlier, Dr. Kumar welcomed the guest speaker while later, Dr. Kukal proposed the vote of thanks.