Life style counseling can reduce heart disease
An intensive effort to change lifestyle in people at high risk of heart disease can help them reduce such risk factors as high blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking. This was stated by Padamshri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal
By: HEART CARE FOUNDATION OF INDIA
Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India & National Vice President Elect IMA.
On the occasion of Mother’s Day, he said that it was very necessary that women get their regular tests done as while looking after the health and need of their families they tend to neglect their own health. The health of a woman reflects on the health of her family.
A trial, called the Euroaction study, published in Lancet compared the results of added counseling on lifestyle issues such as diet, physical activity and smoking to the usual care. It included more than 3,000 people with coronary heart disease and 2,300 at high risk. Half got the counseling from a team of nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists and the treating doctors. The counseling was given to families as well as individuals.
The trial included two groups of patients. One, those who already had developed coronary heart disease; another, those who were asymptomatic but at high risk because of a combination of risk factors that gives a high chance of developing heart disease over 10 years.
1. Fifty five percent of those getting the counseling reduced their intake of saturated fat, compared to 40 percent of those not getting the advice.
2. Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables was seen in 72 percent of the counseled group and 17 percent of them also increased their consumption of heart-friendly oily fish, compared to 35 percent and 8 percent in the other group.
3. Similar results were seen for blood pressure, cholesterol and physical activity, but it proved difficult to have people seen in general practice quit smoking.
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