GUWAHATI, Sept 25 - City-based Dispur Hospitals will observe World Heart Day on September 29 by organising a free health camp for all cardiac patients.
The camp, scheduled to begin at 9 am and continue till 2 pm that day in the hospital campus at Ganeshguri, will be open for all, where the participants would get the opportunity to check various heart-related parameters like blood pressure, blood sugar and electrocardiograph.
World Heart Day is observed every year across the globe with an aim to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases, which have emerged as a major killer of human beings worldwide.
Statistics show that various heart diseases and strokes claim 17.3 lives every year around the world. By 2020, one third of all human deaths on the planet will be attributed to cardiovascular diseases.
Shockingly, India has been emerging as the world capital of heart patients with a burden of over 30 million patients with heart-related ailments.
Moreover, it witnesses the deaths of around 3 million people because of cardiovascular diseases every year.
However, 80 per cent of those premature deaths can be avoided with necessary precautions.
Geneva-based World Heart Organization (WHO), which promotes the Heart Day celebrations worldwide, has been calling for improving global heart health by encouraging people to go for lifestyle changes.
�We are supporting the mission of WHO to reduce the non-communicable disease mortality rate by 2025 with the reduction of premature deaths because of cardiovascular diseases. The Heart Day celebration is one of our initiatives,� said Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, chief of Dispur Hospitals.
He added that few dangerous risk factors leading to heart ailments and strokes include high blood pressure, high level of bad cholesterol, increased glucose level, increased weight and obesity, which are normally triggered by the smoking habit, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.
The hospital also plans to take out a walkathon on Thursday morning along the city streets for enhancing awareness about various heart ailments. The walk will start from the hospital premises at 6 am and senior journalist Nava Thakuria will flag off the march.