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Heart disease causes different in Punjab and Haryana
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
There is a reason why the region needs more expertise in the area of cardiac care. Along with Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, Punjab is among the top Indian states that report a high incidence of cardiac diseases. On the whole, 8 per cent of adult population in India is current affected, and the number is rising at a disturbing rate.

Sharing his concerns about the grossly imbalanced lives that most people these days lead, exposing themselves to vulnerabilities, Dr Sudheer Saxena, interventional cardiologist of repute, said it was high time people effected lifestyle modifications to raise their defences against heart problems.

Most common causes of deaths in India in %(2002):

Infectious and parasitic diseases: 20


Childhood cluster diseases: 5

Respiratory infections: 11

Unintentional injuries: 8

Prenatal conditions: 7

Cancer: 7

Respiratory diseases: 6

Digestive diseases: 3

Intentional injuries: 3

An expert in the field of advanced interventional procedures like rotational atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound, multi vessel and primary angioplasty procedures, Dr Saxena is known to be among the safest interventional cardiologists in the country with a high success rate (99 per cent) and a mortality rate of less than 0.3 per cent.

Armed with a DM in cardiology from the PGIMER and then with expertise in advanced interventional procedures from Perth in Australia, Dr Saxena has now joined Grecian Hospital at Mohali which has announced major expansion.

The super specialty hospital also promises expert facilities to deal with cardiac diseases and cancers in the region. On their platter are advanced treatment possibilities in both these areas, apart from a 25 per cent reservation of beds for the economically weaker.

As a consultant in heart care and surgery, Dr Saxena will bring to the institute his specialties, including peripheral vascular stenting and pacemaker installation for heart failure. Apart from treatment, the cardiologist is interested in certain research areas, the most significant being an epidemiological study of heart diseases in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana.

Unlike anywhere in the country, these states present a peculiar incidence of differences in the origin of heart diseases. Despite being part of the same original landscape, Punjab derives its heart diseases mainly from diabetes and high cholesterol, whereas Haryana's main problem area is smoking.

The expert, who is about to wrap up the interesting study on the root of heart diseases in two sister states, told The Tribune, "The causes are worth exploring as they can make value addition to the existing epidemiological research base of heart diseases in the country. The incidence of smoking in Haryana is very high, especially among adolescents. In the age group of 10 to 14 years, 50 per cent of youngsters are smoking in Haryana. The risk of heart diseases can well be estimated."

In Punjab, on the other hand, lack of balanced schedules and lifestyles is the leading cause of cardiac diseases. "Punjab reports a very high incidence of diabetes, blood cholesterol and obesity. These, in turn, manifest as cardiac problems," said Dr Saxena, who will present a paper on this subject at the upcoming conference of the Cardiological Society of India.

As regards national scenario, the statistics on heart diseases in India are available in the 2002 data presented by the World Health Organisation. The data, based on figures from the Government of India, indicates that heart disease is a major killer in the country.



Skill bank on cardiac and cancer created
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
A team of specialists in cancer and cardiology will now be available for consultation in Chandigarh. As part of the new skill bank created by Dr S.S. Samra of Grecian Super specialty hospital in Mohali, oncologist Jatin Sarin, cardiothoracic surgeon Rahul Kaiche and cardiologist Sudheer Saxena will work together for cancer and cardiac patients in regions north of Delhi.

Currently equipped with 75 beds, the hospital will gradually have 300 beds, with 25 per cent of the space being reserved for economically weaker sections. Dr Samra is managing director at Grecian.

Dr Samra told The Tribune that chemotherapy was no longer the painful process it used to be. He also clarified that the notion of permanent hair fall due to chemotherapy was a myth. “Hair loss is a reversible process. Once chemotherapy is over, hair fall is essentially reversed,” he explained.

Some of the facilities now being made available include treatment of advanced lung cancer with newer targeted therapeutic agents, treatment of refractory advanced and even post transplants multiple myekloma with new agents, treatment of breast cancer with effective combination of antibodies and chemotherapy and treatment of advanced gynaecological malignancies.



Azad academy record 15-run victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
A fine all round display by Karan Aggarwal (17 runs, 2 for 12 ) enabled DP Azad Academy to record a 15-run victory over Guru Nanak Public School Academy in a low-scoring match in the Alchemist Invitational Four-Team Cricket League for Under-12 being played at St Stephen’s School ground, Sector 45, here, today.

Azad Academy won the toss and elected to bat first. In the allotted 20 overs, they scored 87 for 6. Abhinav Nag remained top scorer with 21.

Ashish and Sanjog captured two wickets for 17 and 9 runs, respectively.

Chasing the target of 88 runs, Guru Nanak Public School Academy lads were dismissed for 72 runs in 18 overs. Abhinav (16), Dakash (14) and Akashay (10) were the main scorers. Harshank (3 for 8), Hemant Sharma (2 for 18) and Karan Aggarwal (2 for 12) bowled well to dismiss GNPS Academy for 72 runs in 18 overs.

The second match between this MCM Blue Academy and Mohali Cricket Academy could not be played due to rain.

Brief scores:

DP Azad Academy: 87 for 6 in 20 overs (Dakash Aggarwal 12, Karan Aggarwal 17, Abhinav Nag 21 not out, Ashish 2 for 17, Sanjog 2 for 9, Parvez 1 for 12).

GNPS Academy, Sector 36: 72 in 18 overs (Akshay 10, Dakash 14, Abhinav 16, Harshank 3 for 8, Hemant Sharma 2 for 18, Karan Aggarwal 2 for 12).



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