On the occasion of World Heart Day celebrated every year on September 29, one of the leading cardiac surgeons in India, Dr. Ramakanta Panda spoke to Republic TV and explained how dangerous sitting for long periods is and how to limit it.
"I think any amount of sitting is bad for the health so you start with that. The minimum hours you can sit and lead a sedentary life, the better it is.
Further elaborating, he said "Six hours of sitting is worse than five hours and five hours is worse than four hours, so it is always better no matter how sedentary your work lifestyle is, try to build in some amount of physical activity to it. If you are in a long meeting, just get up and walk around while you are conducting the meeting."
While speaking about the sedentary lifestyle of the people today and sharing some tips on how to involve physical activity in their day, Dr. Panda said, "Suppose you have a 9 to 5 desk job, what you can do is every 15 minutes to half an hour, get up from your chair and walk around for a minute. Then go back and sit down."
The leading cardiac surgeon also went on to speak about the amount of heart disease risk a sedentary lifestyle adds to one's life, and said, "What it does is seen that if you are living a sedentary lifestyle, your risk of heart disease goes up by 150% and the risk of getting a heart attack goes up by 90%. It is better that the least amount of sedentary lifestyle you lead, the better other than the time you sleep."
Dr. Panda is the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai and is also a Padma Bhushan awardee. Dr. Ramakanta Panda set up the Asian Heart Institute in 2002. The surgeon was also given the prestigious Rashtriya Samman Patra for being one of the highest taxpayers in India. The leading cardiac surgeon also shared many more heart-health tips that can help keep heart illnesses at bay on World Heart Day.