With an increasing burden of lifestyle diseases afflicting Indians, doctors at Venkateshwar Hospital, New Delhi say it is important to inculcate the culture of preventive health screening among Indians to catch diseases early.
Doctors from 19 specialties including Cardiology, Pulmonology, Internal Medicine as well as Orthopedics participated in the camp and offered consultation and advice to a large number of people seeking medical help. A number of the participants at the camp came in for second opinions, while several walked in for a general health check up. The investigations offered at the camp included Random Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, BMI, among others.
As many as 360 patients benefited from the health camp where they sought expert consultations and opinions on issues nagging their health.
“Preventive health screenings is the process of checking individuals for any anomaly before any symptoms arise. In western countries, annual preventive screenings are a part of every individual’s life. They often help in spotting dangerous diseases early and ensure timely treatment and survival. In India, however, the culture of preventive health screenings is yet to take root. Forget preventive screenings, in our country most people even ignore symptoms and wait for them to resolve on their own,” says Dr Rajiv Malhotra, Medical Director, Venkateshwar Hospital Dwarka.
Regular health screenings are especially necessary to check for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and several forms of cancers. An annual screening can help you keep aware of your body and its vital statistics.
“We often meet patients who have not had their blood pressures checked for years. This lackadaisical approach to health can be very harmful. Untreated chronic blood pressure can lead to strokes and heart attacks. A lot of people realize they are hypertensive after suffering such as episode. This is because often high blood pressure doesn’t manifest any symptoms also. With changing lifestyles, incidence of non-communicable diseases are rising in India. This makes it even more pertinent for Indians to adopt the practice of preventive screenings,” adds Dr Rajiv Malhotra, Medical Director, Venkateshwar Hospital Dwarka.
Apart from investigations and consultation, the patients were also dispensed valuable advice on the need for maintaining a healthy body weight, indulging in regular physical exercise and undergoing regular tests for blood pressure and blood sugar.