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Cold temperatures raise the threat of cardiac Ailments

Dec 28, 2022

Doctors from Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh raise awareness on advancements in cardiac procedures

Heart ailments remain one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in India accounting for at least 25% of the cases being due to the ignorance in the mild symptoms. While the existing burden is growing rapidly, the onset of winter has the potential to trigger this rate.

It’s important to be aware of early symptoms of heart attack since early diagnosis of these could lead to early treatment and good outcome; the presence of chest heaviness and uneasiness or breathing difficulty are very important to be addressed by meeting a doctor.

Some of the major highlighting factors and reason behind the increasing number of heart problems include the fact that cold weather causes blood vessels to tighten in order to preserve core body temperature. That forces BP to rise, putting even more strain on your heart.In order to keep warm, the body’s demand to generate heat rises during winter which induces binge eating and craving tendency towards junk food. This may cause a state of high calorie intake with minimal physical activity attributing to laziness, leading to weigh gain, increase in bad cholesterol and lipid levels. All this causes extra load on the working of our heart which has to pump harder and faster to keep the body function going.

Not every heart disease patient has the same symptoms and angina chest pain as its most common feature. Symptoms may vary from nil to severe. Some have just a mild, uncomfortable feeling similar to indigestion, others may experience a painful feeling of heaviness or tightness, usually in the centre of the chest, which may spread to the arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach, palpitation and unusual breathlessness. The early diagnosis leads to early treatment and if heart attack is managed within first few hours the heart function will be preserved and patient will survive to do well.

“Effective management of heart conditions includes a combination of lifestyle changes, medicines and non-invasive treatments. Some simple lifestyle changes include eating a healthy balanced diet, being physically active, doing regular exercise, no smoking and controlling blood cholesterol and sugar levels. Heart Failure or Cardio Vascular disease refers to the fact that your heart is not as healthy as it should be,” Said Dr. Naveen Bhamri – Director & HOD – Interventional Cardiology, Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.

Valvular heart complications are another life-threatening complication, where valve replacement remains the last resort. But with recent advancements, catheter-based procedures of Mitra clip can help in repairing the leaking heart valves without surgery. Such cases, if left untreated can lead to enlarged heart, breathlessness and even heart failures. Cardiac surgery has advanced in all dimension. It has progressed to minimal invasive procedure, short and pain-free post-operative course. For severe heart failure treatment like ECMO and LVAD has given new lease of life in end-stage heart diseases.” Said Dr. Dinesh Chandra – Principal Consultant – Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery (CTVS), Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh.

Max Super Speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, with its competent team of experienced doctors and other healthcare professionals offers state-of-the-art premium world-class services in Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery. With the availability of versatile surgeon who are proficient in performing Surgery for Adult and Congenital Heart Diseases which includes CABG – Redo, Cardiac Valve Replacement, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), Heart Double Valve Replacement (Holes in the heart like ASD, VSD, TOI, PDA COA).

Timely detection and arrival at the nearest hospital emergency can help revive the symptoms and restore heart functioning. The only and the easiest way to prevent heart attacks and ultimately heart failure, are avoiding the lifestyle and food habits that encourage obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure.