BENGALURU: Heart attacks, depression and suicides have killed more CRPF Jawans (642) than the extremists(323) in the last five years, said Dr S Sujatha, DIGP (Medical), Composite Hospital, Central Reserve Police Force. She was speaking at an awareness drive organised by a private hospital here on Thursday. It was organised to create awareness on heart ailments.
Free health checks of blood pressure, total cholesterol, ECG, and cardiac consultations was facilitated across all the network hospitals of Manipal in Bengaluru and Mangaluru. On the eve of World Heart Day, a few CRPF jawans in Bengaluru and their family members attended a workshop on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and prevention of heart diseases.
The ‘Heart to Heart ‘campaign was unveiled by Dr Sujatha in the presence of Dr Devananda, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, HOD & Consultant, Manipal Heart Institute.
Dr Sujatha said, “It is well known that the jawans have an extremely demanding job and they have to constantly focus on their health and fitness. Through this campaign, they will be able to take a positive step towards leading a healthy life.”
India is currently witnessing nearly two million heart attacks a year and majority of the victims are youngsters. Urban men are more prone to heart attacks than people living in the villages. As for women, the risk rises significantly after menopause. Diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, genetic history, lifestyle, especially the higher intake of carbohydrate-rich foods and lack of regular physical exercise are other factors lead to heart attack, she added.