Heart disease in women could be reduced, if one cares at right point of time
Indore: January, 9th 2011: Indian Menopausal Society, Indore Chapter, has successfully organized an innovative session on “Asians and Coronary Artery disease-Women Heart Health Initiative “, at Hotel Radisson, Indore, today. The session was focused on heart disease, spreading in women, across South East Asian countries. Dr. Sudhir Mungee, an eminent Interventional Cardiologist in USA, and a graduate of MGM Medical College, Indore, took the session, efficiently. He enlightened the various factors of increase of heart ailment in women, and the measures of treatment also.
Dr. Mungee, in his address spoke on various points including the fact that “Victory in Heart disease is preventing it rather than treating it”. He told “Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer and all other cancers combined. Yet most women-and many doctors-may not recognize the early warning signs, despite the fact that more women than men die of cardiovascular disease every year”. He further advised that “Don’t become a statistic; know the facts, the symptoms and the risk factors. Take action-talk to your doctor and make healthy changes in your life for yourself, your family and your future together”. The importance of counseling and referral by Gynecologist of their patients was stressed and this is a key factor in this new initiative that is pioneered by SCAI society in USA.
He also informed that other than the traditional risk factors of heart disease such as Diabetes, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, other modifiable risks such as lack of physical activity, Stress, obesity & post-menopausal state add further burden in women population.
Dr. Mungee, during his address also gave information the atypical signs and symptoms of heart disease in women , which include, Shortness of breath, often without any chest pain, feelings of anxiety, unexplained fatigue, weakness or dizziness, pain in chest, upper back, shoulders, neck or jaw, flu-like symptoms-specifically nausea, clamminess or cold sweats. A documentary movie related to acute Heart attack care was also shown.
The session was attended by over 40 Obstetrics and gynecologists and leading women social workers. Dr. Kumud Bhagwat, Professor Emeritus, OB and Gyn., was Chief Guest, while Dr. Saroj Srivastava, MS, NAMS, LLB, President elect of Indian Menopausal society was the guest of honour.
Dr. Seema Khandelwal, on successful conclusion of the session, expressed “we are thankful to Dr. Mungee, for sharing his views and knowledge on heart disease in women. The way he conducted the session was praiseworthy, and the audience too took his directives in positive sense.
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