Mohali 30th September,On the occasion of World Heart Day, to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) Aryans Group of Colleges, Rajpura, and Near Chandigarh organized a webinar on “World Heart Day”. Dr. H. K. Bali, chairman, Cardiac Sciences, Paras Hospital, Panchkula (Haryana) interacted with faculty members & the students of B. Pharmacy & D. Pharmacy of Aryans Pharmacy College and Aryans College of Pharmacy. The students of GNM & ANM from Aryans Institute of Nursing also participated. Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group presided over the webinar.

Dr Bali while interacting said that CVDs affects the heart and blood vessels which supply blood to lungs, brain, kidneys and other parts of the body & are the most common cause of death globally. They include diseases such as coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease and congenital heart disease. These diseases are associated with lifestyle choices such as an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and excessive use of alcohol, and therefore are preventable to some extent, he explained.

Bali further said that In India, the prevalence of CVDs is estimated to be around 54.5 million. CVD is killing 17.5 million people a year and over 23 million predicted deaths from CVDs by 2030. About 80 per cent of all CVDs manifest themselves as heart attacks or strokes and 75 per cent cases come from low and middle-income countries, he added.

Bali told that World Heart Day has proved an effective method for spreading information about cardiovascular health. To stay healthy & to eat a well-balanced diet offers one of the simplest, most effective ways of reducing not only the risk of heart disease but addressing other health concerns as well. A balanced diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as by helping in weight loss. Brisk walking or running is one of the best exercises to maintain a healthy heart, he stressed.