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Mandi Ahmedgarh, Feb 11

Office-bearers and activists of social and medical organisations vowed to spread awareness regarding heart and psychiatric ailments which have been identified as silent killers.

The concluding session of the seminar was organised by Rotary Club at Dyanand Adarsh Vidyalya Senior Secondary School, Ahmedgarh.

Dr Vikas Raj presided over the event and assistant governor Avtar Krishan Sharma was the chief guest. Cardiologist Dr Naved Aslam and psychiatrist Dr Pankaj Sagar were the keynote speakers.

Dr Ravinder Sharma, organisation secretary, said the club has launched a coordinated movement to spread awareness on prevention and management of various diseases, including cardiovascular ailments and psychiatric disorders.

Dr Aslam said hypertension has emerged as major silent killer among various age groups irrespective of gender. “Unfortunately, we have failed to comprehend the incidents of heart ailments which are much higher in India as compared to western countries. Punjab has emerged as the capital of this disease. The major reason behind it is lack of awareness among masses,”he said.

Dr Aslam regretted that one-third patients suffered sudden death and half of them die due to unavailability of adequate treatment. He said a lot needs to be done to curb cardiovascular ailments as only one-third patients receive proper treatment.

Smoking, alcohol, junk food, stress, sedentary lifestyle and not opting for routine diagnosis were cited as major reasons behind rising incidents of heart attack.

Dr Sagar cautioned against intricacies of changing lifestyle and impact of westernisation on development on children. He stressed on need of following normal lifestyle for stabilising institutes, including family and society.

Assistant secretary Bipan Sethi, former president SP Sofat, former MC president Ravinder Puri, Dr Sunit Hind, Dr Punit Dhawan and Dr Rajdeep Sharma, among others, participated in the session.

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