With World Heart Day around the corner, Dr. Ramakanta Panda of the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai spoke to Republic TV about what are some initial warning signs of a heart problem that we may be ignoring.
Talking about how people of the younger generation think that they are going to live forever, Dr. Panda said, "I think this is all over the world. Not only in India but all over the world, youngsters in their 30s and 40s think that they are going to live forever and if something has happened to anybody it is their bad luck. Unfortunately, life is not like that. Like others, everybody has a risk of developing most heart diseases. As you may know, in India, 35% of the total population is affected. One of three people has a chance of developing heart disease. So chances of a person who thinks that he or she is perfect and has no problem, there is a 35% chance that the person will develop a heart disease."
Dr. Panda also emphasized how it is very important to proactively identify the problem.
"It is very important that you are proactive in identifying the problem. Especially my strong suggestion would be if you have a very high-risk factor. The risk factor is what you call if somebody has a problem they have a much higher chance of encountering heart disease in comparison to those who don't have the problem. High-risk factors like blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, family history, overweight, bad food habits and very high cholesterol in the body. The person who has any of the risk factors then that person has to be very careful with their symptoms."
Dr. Ramakanta Panda also threw light on some of the common symptoms of approaching heart disease or abnormality. He even spoke about how physical and mental stress can also create trouble for the heart.
"In heart-related symptoms, the most common symptom is if you get a chest discomfort, especially on the left side of the chest, that too if it comes with any kind of effort, physical or mental effort or stress. Physical stress comes when you are running around and running for a time when you are not used to it or when you are very upset you get a pain on the left side of the chest. And if the pain goes away when you take rest, that time one has to process about it and immediately go and see a doctor. Similarly, if you have an uncertain breathlessness, if you are doing the same kind of activity and you've never had a problem while doing it, and then suddenly if you feel breathlessness, that is another kind of symptom which you should not ignore and consult with a doctor."