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A focus on the heart

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

World Heart Day on September 29 saw a slew of activities in Mumbai

“Cycling is one of the best cardio exercises for all age groups and all body types. It helps burn calories, keeps weight under control, helps build stamina and increase muscle and bone strength. It is also a major stress-relieving exercise, especially when undertaken in a congenial environment.”

 - Dr Narayan Gadkar

CYCLOTHON for healthy hearts

On World Heart Day, Zen Multi Speciality Hospital organised a Cyclothon “#PedalforHeart”. More than 150 participants took the initiative to spread awareness for healthier hearts; they included cardiologists, doctors, police officials, patients and medical staff, along with the public. The participants followed the route from Zen Hospital, Chembur – Ambedkar Garden – Diamond Garden- Zen Hospital (End Point). Zen Multi specialty Hospital also organised a check up for more than 45 police officials. Cyclothon was supported by Dr Grishma Shah from Divine Smile, ophthalmologist Dr Donald Lobo, Swastik Laboratories and Rent a Cycle company.  

According to studies, cycling for just 20 minutes can go a long way in reducing your risk of dying from a heart disease. According to the World Health Organization, insufficient physical activity is one of the 10 leading risk factors for death worldwide. Thirty minutes of exercise daily lowers blood pressure and reduces strain on the heart. It also increases good High-density lipoprotein (HDL) that transports fat away from the arteries and back to the liver for processing.

Dr Narayan Gadkar, Consultant Cardiologist, Zen Multi specialty Hospital says, “In today’s world we hardly have time for ourselves. Young generations are more focused on careers hence they ignore their health and thus it reflects increasing heart attacks cases in the age group of 20-40. Earlier we have seen heart disease cases above the age of 40. But, due to lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyles, health hazards have increased.”

“Cycling is one of the best cardio exercises for all age groups and all body types. It helps burn calories, keeps weight under control, helps build stamina and increase muscle and bone strength. It is also a major stress-relieving exercise, especially when undertaken in a congenial environment such as a park or a non-congested road. Regular cycling stimulates and improves your heart, lungs and circulation, reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases,” he added.

Heart clinic in Vashi

Hiranandani Hospital Vashi - a Fortis Network Hospital, has launched a ‘Heart Failure Clinic’ for Navi Mumbaikars.  The clinic was launched by Ganesh Naik, Ex. Guardian Minister, Thane District.

Hospital authorities note that every third patient who requires ICU admission in Navi Mumbai, for any cardiac ailment, suffers from heart failure. Timely diagnosis, treatment and awareness are yet deficient. Heart Failure is a severe condition, also known as Congestive Heart Failure and occurs when the heart muscles do not pump effectively, further damaging the heart.

Over nine past patients and their relatives lent support to the launch of the clinic. The Heart Failure Clinic is spearheaded by Dr Brajesh Kumar Kunwar, Interventional Cardiologist, Dr Chandrashekhar Tulasigeri, Director-Dept. of Intensive Care Medicine, Dr Bhaskar Semitha, Consultant Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi- A Fortis Network Hospital.

Dr Kunwar, Interventional Cardiologist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi- a Fortis Network Hospital, said, “Heart failure is the most common cause of death in cardiac patients. Most reasons causing heart failure are correctable or reversible; with recent medications, device therapies and heart transplant. With the Navi Mumbai population growing rapidly, there is need for a comprehensive centre that takes care of all cardiac concerns under one roof”.

Health camp for women

Recognising cardiac diseases in women is important; women too are susceptible to ‘Sudden Cardiac Arrest’. It is clear that many episodes of heart attacks in women go unrecognised, particularly in the younger age groups, or in patients with diabetes. To address this concern and in observance of World Heart Day, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, conducted a heart health camp for women employees of Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC).

Led by Dr Surpriya Amey, Facility Director, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, a team of doctors and nurses conducted ECG tests for 50  female employees. Cardiac consultations were also provided. The initiative was supported by Raju Lavangare, Medical Officer, Health, KDMC and Dr Smita Rode, Ex Medical Officer of Health, KDMC.

Dr Amey said: “It is a common notion that women are less likely to experience heart-related issues; women also often put their family first, thereby ignoring their own health and wellbeing.”

Transplant for 37-year-old

Cardiac experts at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, led by Dr. Anvay Mulay, Head-Cardiac Transplant Team, conducted a heart transplant to save the life of a 37-year-old woman from Chembur. The transplant, which marks Fortis Hospital, Mulund’s 84th such surgery, became possible after the husband of a 20-year-old woman consented to donate her organs.

The 20-year-old donor, a resident of Surat, had suffered cerebral edema (swelling of the brain) with hypoxic brain Injury and was rushed to New Civil Hospital, Surat; she was subsequently pronounced braindead. medical social workers at the hospital counselled the grieving family about organ donation, after which the patient’s husband agreed to donate her heart, liver and kidneys. The donor heart was transported to the recipient hospital in Mumbai, covering 314 kms in one hour and 46 minutes.

Free breast cancer screenings

October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, artificial intelligence based health-tech company NIRAMAI and Way2Health Diagnostics will conduct free breast cancer screenings for women throughout the month. The screening technology by NIRAMAI is unique in being non-touch and non-radiation, they say.

From October 1 through October 31, women can get themselves screened for breast cancer at any of the following Way2Health centres in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane areas—Seawoods, Nerul, Vashi, Kharghar, Kamothe, KoparKhairane, Ghansoli, Panvel, Thane, Vikhroli, Bandra, Kandivili and Marine Lines. The screening (worth Rs 1500) will be free during October and will be conducted by a female technician.

Registration is by prior appointment by giving a missed call on 8010599599 or email at

Dr. Rachna Tardeja, Consultant Radiologist and Founder Director, Way2Health Diagnostics, Mumbai, said, “We are excited to partner with NIRAMAI who has brought in innovative non-touch, non-radiation, technology to make breast cancer screenings easily accessible to all women who otherwise generally shy away from it. We are offering this screening complimentary for all women to enable access to the underserved as well.”

NIRAMAI (Non-Invasive Risk Assessment with Machine Intelligence) is a health-tech startup that has developed an innovative early breast cancer detection technology that is radiation free and non-invasive. The solution is based on thermal imaging and cloud hosted analytics and is portable, accurate, privacy aware and can be used for women of all ages.

Nidhi Mathur, COO and co-founder, Niramai, said, “Our goal is to screen one million women by 2022.”

Niramai solution is particularly suitable for community screening due to its radiation-free, affordable and completely private experience to the user. “Bringing the service to the door-step of women is an important feature of preventive screening that we believe Way2Health Diagnostics will help us achieve in Mumbai”, added Nidhi Mathur.

Art to Heart

As part of their initiative to make sure anyone can #SpeakEasy about mental health, #SOCIAL is bringing free arts-based therapy sessions to you this Mental Health Awareness Week, beginning September 30.

A holistic approach to healing as compared to traditional therapy, arts-based therapy also combines traditional and modern art to unlock one’s goals. A proven approach implemented for mental health, special education and developmental disabilities, it is also a practice that believes that art has the power to heal the mind and soul!

These free sessions will be run by Niyati Shah, a storyteller, trainer and arts-based therapist, and Jaanvi Tourani, who practices several alternative healing techniques, in addition to arts-based therapy.

Social has also created a collection of cards featuring artworks by contemporary designers around the topic of mental health. So throughout this all-important awareness-generating week, visitors can grab their very own copy of a specially, curated piece of art with assorted#MentalHealthTips to take home.

So stop by SOCIAL anytime up to October 6, to explore, express and create some #ArtForTheSoul!

 Social, has always taken a proactive stance towards helping raise essential awareness and social change via its outreach property, namely #SocialSupports.

When Till Saturday, October 6

Time 9 am - 1 am

Entry Free

Where Khar Social and Todi Mill Social

Contact 07506394243

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