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Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals observes World Heart Day

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals observes World Heart Day

India Blooms News Service | | 29 Sep 2014, 07:13 pm
Kolkata, Sept 29 (IBNS): Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals celebrated World Heart Day 2014 through a unique initiative this year.
The staff and employees of the hospital released 500 heart shaped red balloons into the sky as a mark of letting go of various harmful habits that cause heart diseases among people. 
Each balloon had a special message encrypted on it focusing on one detrimental practice or one good activity that each person can avoid or engage in to have a safe and healthy heart. 
These messages were pledged by the large number of visitors who visit the hospital on a daily basis including patients.
The hospital also kick started in-house activities for its staff such as “Heart Olympic” where men and women will compete against each other based on their ability to do push-ups and skipping respectively. 
This competition will be on for the next one month. The objective of this competition is to highlight the significance of cardiac exercise, encouraging employees to become fitter.
Speaking on the occasion, Rupali Basu, CEO, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals and Eastern Region, Apollo Hospitals, India said, “Our heart runs twenty four hours a day in order to keep us alive and healthy. Hence it is our duty to ensure that we engage in the right activities and follow the right habits to keep our heart hale and hearty. At Apollo Gleneagles, it has always been our prerogative to drive significant messages to people that will help them lead a medically fit life. With India being one of the hubs of heart diseases in the world, we hope that this initiative of ours will help making a difference to the lives of people in some way or the other.”
Rabin Chakraborty, Chief of Cardiology, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals added, “Heart Disease is reaching as an Epidemic worldwide and India will the Capital of heart disease in the world by 2020. Regulation of life style, control of blood sugar, high blood pressure, overweight, complete cessation of smoking, dietary fat and calorie restriction, no junk food and regular physical exercise are key steps keep the world free of this forthcoming health sprite. Prevention and early detection are cornerstones of healthy heart”.
Sushan Mukhopadhyay, Director, Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals further added, “Cardiovascular diseases or CVDs contribute greatly to the mortality, morbidity and economic burden of illness around the world. The CVD-related risk factors include tobacco smoking, physical inactivity, diabetes, obesity and hypertension, a lack of daily fruit and vegetable consumption, and psychosocial factors among others. As opposed to their acute disease counterparts, most chronic diseases like CVD’s are largely related to lifestyle factors, and can be minimized or prevented through lifestyle changes by engaging in the right habits and exercises”.