Hyderabad, September 30th, 2022: To commemorate World Heart Day, Free Cardiac Screening Camps were hosted for commuters of Hyderabad Metro Rail and L&T staff at the Ameerpet Metro Station and Raidurgam Metro Station, from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, today.
The Camp at Ameerpet Metro Station, organized by Apollo Spectra Hospital in association with the Hyderabad Metro Rail, was inaugurated by Mr. Murali Varadarajan, CSO, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd; Dr Vijay Aggarwal, Director, Medical Services, Apollo Spectra and Mr. Srinivas Reddy, CEO, Apollo Spectra Hospital. The Camp at Raidurgam Metro Station, organized by Apollo Hospitals in association with the Hyderabad Metro Rail, was inaugurated by Mr Sudhir Chiplunkar, COO, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd.; Mr. Tejesvi Rao, COO, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad and Dr Ravindra Babu, Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills.
The tests which were performed as part of the free camp included Random Blood Sugar, Cholesterol, BP Check, Height and Weight, followed by a physician consultation. ECG screening was done for those found to have some trace of cardiac ailments and Echo Screening was done on those needing further investigation.
World Heart Day is observed annually on September 29, globally to raise awareness about the rising incidence of cardiovascular disease and related health issues. World over, on average more than 17 million people die from heart-related illnesses every year. The number of deaths due to heart ailments is more than the deaths due to HIV, Malaria, and Cancer. According to WHO, cardiovascular diseases result in over 30% of global mortality, Of these 85% result from a heart attack or a brain stroke.
Especially Indians are known to be genetically predisposed to cardiovascular diseases. The onset of heart disease in Indian population is at a much younger age, at least a decade earlier than their counterparts in the West. High prevalence of cardiovascular disease among the middle-aged populace in India, to the extent of 30%, is a matter of grave concern. Lifestyle changes among Indians are leading to non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, coupled with smoking and alcohol are further aggravating the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Vijay Aggarwal said, knowing our health status is critical, if we undergo periodic health check-ups we will have an update on our health status. Especially cardiac health status is very important, heart disease can lead to an emergency situation, which is generally a life and death condition. If we know any impending health problem in advance, we can take preventive measures and remain healthy for a long time. So it is essential to get regular health check-ups done, eat proper diet, do exercise and adopt an healthy lifestyle and all those ensure and healthy heart and a long life.
Mr. Murali Varadarajan said, today we are having a joint program with Apollo Spectra Hospitals on the occasion of World Heart Day. 75% of the population in this part of the world is affected by cardiovascular diseases, because of lack of access to quality healthcare, psychological stress, air pollution and factors like that. Access to quality healthcare can be had from the strong network of Apollo Spectra Hospitals, therefore urge commuters to avail their services. To reduce psychological stress, travel by metro and eliminate the daily travel stress. Also as a conscious and responsible citizen avail Metro services and reduce air pollution on roads by avoiding personal vehicles, thus ensuring a better future for the generations to come.