I guess it was only a matter of time. It was only inevitable that I would get to the heart of the matter sooner or later. Well! The heart of the matter is that India is staring a ‘heart disease epidemic’ in the face. What is worrying is that Heart disease is increasingly affecting young people and women.

According to Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman – Cardiac Sciences, EHIRCL and founder of Heart to Heart Foundation, “As of now, Heart disease is the ‘Number one’ killer disease in India. This is singularly unfortunate particularly because heart disease is upto a great extent, preventable. Sadly, the awareness levels in the country as far as heart disease is concerned are appallingly low. It is to address concerns like these that the ‘Heart to Heart Foundation’ has been created. The avowed intention is to arrest the relentless march of heart disease through preventive, curative and rehabilitative measures.”

The foundation seeks to involve government, professional and social bodies across the board in helping evolve a strategy aimed at reducing the overall burden of heart disease. Multi – pronged interventions aimed at beating heart disease will include:

  • Raising awareness through mass media education programmes
  • Making advanced treatment options available and affordable to the needy and the poor.
  • Training citizens in the basic life – saving measures. (Known as the “ Beat Heart Attack” initiative)

Dr Ashok Seth affirms, “It is my hope that endeavours like this one will go a long way in helping blunt the deadly thrusts of the ‘number one’ killer disease.”

Don’t you agree?