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National Heart Institute organises school health lecture to create awareness about cardiovascular epidemic

New Delhi: In an effort to sensitise school students and teachers about adopting healthy lifestyle to contain the rapidly escalating epidemic of heart diseases, mainly heart attack, hypertension, diabetes and stroke, the National Heart Institute (NHI) on Saturday organised an interactive school health lecture at Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar.

Dr O P Yadava, CEO and Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon, National Heart Institute, speaking on ‘Heart Attack – A Lifestyle Malady’ at Birla Vidya Niketan, New Delhi on December 24, 2016
Dr O P Yadava, CEO and Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon, National Heart Institute, speaking on ‘Heart Attack – A Lifestyle Malady’ at Birla Vidya Niketan, New Delhi on December 24, 2016

Speaking at the event, Dr O P Yadava, CEO and Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon of NHI, emphasised on the need for following a healthy lifestyle and shunning tobacco of any kind, harmful foods full of trans fats and refined sugar, not doing any kind of exercise, and leading a life full of tension which make one prone to heart diseases.

Dr S Dwivedi, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, National Heart Institute, speaking on ‘Yoga – Panacea for Epidemic of Non-Communicable Cardiovascular Disorders’ at Birla Vidya Niketan, New Delhi on December 24, 2016
Dr S Dwivedi, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, National Heart Institute, speaking on ‘Yoga – Panacea for Epidemic of Non-Communicable Cardiovascular Disorders’ at Birla Vidya Niketan, New Delhi on December 24, 2016

Dr S Dwivedi, Senior Consultant Cardiologist at NHI, speaking on the topic, ‘Yoga as panacea for non-communicable cardiovascular epidemic’, explained the basic principles of yoga which comprise of eight steps of yama, niyam, asan, pranayam, pratyahar, dharna, dhyan and samadhi.

Another important aspect of yoga relevant to present heart disease epidemic is its emphasis on appropriate food, right exercise, appropriate discharge of duties, going to bed at appropriate time and getting up at right time commensurate to biological clock of the body, said Dr Dwivedi.

Gayatri Kapur, Principal, Birla Vidya Niketan also spoke at the event.

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