WHAT IS THE GREATEST NEED TO ADDRESS IN CARDIAC CARE FOR PATIENTS?
The greatest need in cardiac care for patients is early detection and prevention. This is the reason why people need to be very vigilant when it comes to feeling anything abnormal in the chest area. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the symptoms of heart diseases so that they can be identified at the earliest. Identifying risk factors and promoting heart-healthy lifestyles can significantly reduce the incidence of heart disease, a leading cause of death worldwide.
DO YOU SEE PEOPLE’S AWARENESS CHANGING ABOUT CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH?
Yes, people’s awareness of cardiovascular health is gradually improving. Heart health is being promoted through various mediums and people of all age groups are being made aware of how they can keep their heart healthy and keep heart problems at bay. Increased access to information, educational campaigns, and a growing emphasis on healthy living have contributed to greater awareness of the importance of heart health.
WHAT ARE THE LATEST ADVANCEMENTS IN VALVE REPLACEMENT TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGY?
Significant advancements have taken place in valve replacement techniques and technology. The latest advancements in valve replacement techniques and technology include minimally invasive procedures like transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for aortic valve, MITRA Clip for Mitral valve and the development of more durable and efficient artificial heart valves, that offer safer and more effective options for patients with valve issues.
WHAT DOES WORLD HEART DAY MEAN TO YOU AS A CARDIOLOGIST?
World Heart day is of utmost importance to me as a cardiologist. World Heart Day holds great significance for cardiologists and cardiac care centers as it serves as a global platform to raise awareness about heart health. It’s an opportunity to make people aware about heart health, emphasize prevention, early intervention, and the importance of maintaining a healthy heart.
WHAT ARE SOME MISCONCEPTIONS AROUND HEART DISEASE AND HOW PEOPLE SHOULD BE MORE AWARE OF?
There are several misconceptions around heart disease. One common misconception is that it only affects the elderly, when, in reality, it has nothing to do with age. Heart diseases can strike at any age. Another misconception is solely associating it with chest pain, overlooking symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, or jaw pain. Heart diseases are not just confined to chest pain. People also underestimate the importance of risk factors such as high blood pressure, assuming that they’re immune. Some believe that heart disease is inevitable if it runs in the family, not considering the impact of lifestyle choices. Dispelling these misconceptions is vital, as early prevention and intervention, coupled with a holistic understanding of heart health, are important to reducing the global burden of heart disease. People should be aware of the diverse symptoms and risk factors to take proactive steps in preventing heart disease.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT TELL YOU WHEN TO SEE A CARDIOLOGIST?
You should consider seeing a cardiologist if you experience symptoms like persistent chest pain or discomfort, especially if it spreads to your arms, neck, jaw, or back. Shortness of breath, dizziness, palpitations, or an irregular heartbeat are also concerning signs that must not be neglected. If you have a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or other risk factors, regular check-ups with a cardiologist may be necessary to keep a track of your heart health and assess your risk profile. Regular check-ups with a primary care physician are also crucial for identifying risk factors and obtaining referrals as and when needed.
HOW TO ENSURE GOOD CARDIAC HEALTH AND STAY VIGILANT?
To ensure good cardiac health, one must focus on maintaining a balanced diet, staying physically active, managing stress, sleeping well, avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol consumption, and getting regular check-ups. Staying vigilant means being aware of risk factors, adopting heart-healthy habits, and seeking medical attention if any concerning symptoms arise.