This International Women’s Day, I had occasion to learn more about an incredibly important yet often ignored subject – women’s heart disease. Did you know that women’s heart disease is highly prevalent in India? Though traditionally March 8 is an occasion to celebrate women and their contributions to the world, including their social, economic, cultural, and political achievements; it is also a wake-up call for women to prioritise themselves and their health. Apart from celebrating women’s achievements, International Women’s Day also raises awareness about women’s equality and lobbies for accelerated gender parity. This is a very important issue especially in the context of women’s heart disease in India – if women do not take care of their heart health the way men do, where is the equality in treatment?
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’ and in keeping with this overarching theme, the world wants women to be treated at par with men in all aspects of life. Healthcare, and specifically their heart health, is an issue that women often ignore, leading to serious consequences.
In 2021, the prestigious medical journal The Lancet documented that nearly 35% of women around the world suffer from heart disease. Why isn’t this alarming statistic addressed properly by women? Why do women put their own health on the back burner? What are the solutions available to improve the situation? This and many more pressing questions needed answering. Fortunately, Omnyk stepped up to provide the answers.
To raise awareness about women’s heart disease in India, the team at Omnyk organised a special focussed discussion on women’s heart health on Tuesday, March 8 at 4:00 PM on their Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn pages.
I was invited to host the event and speak to renowned Cardiologist Dr P K Hazra on this subject. At the end of the talk the team generously gave away 100 Omnyk remote patient monitoring devices for a 14-day trial.
For those who are not aware, Omnyk is a remote patient management solution prescribed to heart patients by doctors and healthcare professionals. It consists of a three-step methodology – the patient wears the ring called Avida which tracks their vitals in real-time. This data is sent to and stored in a cloud, and can be accessed at any time through their app. Having launched in 2021, Omnyk’s revolutionary technology is being hailed by medical professionals across the country.
The guest for the talk that day, Dr Hazra, agrees. Dr P K Hazra is a renowned interventional and paediatric cardiologist with 25 years of experience. He is passionate about delivering high quality and compassionate care to everyone. He is a strong advocate of the adage ‘Prevention is better than cure’, and is a pioneer in adopting modern technology to deliver personalised care. He is the Head of the Department of Cardiology,
Director of cardiac cath laboratory, AMRI Hospitals in Dhakuria, Kolkata. He is also a Fellow of the American college of cardiology (FACC) and a member of the cardiological society of India. Some of his biggest feats include installing a pacemaker in a 7 year old boy from Manipur, and installing the first artificial heart in a man in Kolkata – the second procedure of its kind in India.
During the talk Dr Hazra addressed many important questions on the subject of women’s heart disease in India. I will outline those questions for you here and then I encourage you to watch the actual video to learn from his incredible knowledge on the subject. Here is everything you need to know about women’s heart disease in India:
- What according to you are the reasons for an increase in cardiovascular complications in women?
- What are the major signs and symptoms of heart attacks in women? Are there any differences of symptoms between men and women?
- What is the age group in which cardiac conditions are commonly seen in women?
- Does hormonal imbalance increase the chances of cardiac disease?
- What precautions can be taken to avoid heart disease in women?
- Data suggests that the global prevalence of heart disease in women is declining except in China, India and Indonesia. Why is it increasing in these countries in particular?
- How can we differentiate between the need for a pacemaker, bypass or angioplasty? Are there any early signs to alert us?
- How effective is post care management of cardiac surgery? Do we need to set up a home facility through any service based organisation like Portea or Tribeka?
- After angioplasty, can people get attacks again? What is the recurrence time?
- What are the possible complications of having a pacemaker installed?
- Are there any chances of recurrent episodes of symptoms after implanting a pacemaker?
PLEASE WATCH THE INFORMATIVE TALK ON WOMEN’S HEART DISEASE IN INDIA HERE:
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I wish you all a very happy International Women’s Day, and hope that it is a healthy one for every woman!
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Reading your blog post made me realise that we actually don’t pay attention to women and heart diseases. We are so invested in associating heart related ailments with men that it takes a backseat. That is a formidable list of questions. Ear marking the post to watch the interview later.
hmmm… till this moment I had no idea that the %age of women with heart diseases is quite alarming.Thank you for this eye opener and the information. It’s time we all women took out health in our hands
Many people don’t know that women are as likely to have heart issues as men. Women ignore it and then it is too late. There has to be more awareness.
Yet to watch the video. But yes we do neglect a lot of our own issues and health. but do takecare of family.
That is some eye opener. We always compromise with our health and this is the best way to help ourselves.
I always was told that women don’t get heart attacks and I have been complacent about it.Now I know that we also need to learn and know how to be heart healthy.Thank you for this insightful post, Noor.
This seems almost a recap of almost 20 years back when my father had a heart surgery. I would see so many women with critical cases at the Escorts Hospital, since their heart health wasn’t prioritized.
Thanks for reading Ritu
An absolutely informative post and the talk with Dr Hazra was really eye opening. An underestimated topic, women’s health was beautifully brought to the front on Women’s Day.
Such an alarming percentage of women have heart diseases. The major reason being we always keep our health on the back burner. I recently visited a doctor due to an sickness and the first thing she advised me was keep yourself the priority and be healthy first oy then you can keep your family healthy.
Womens heart disease is a rare topic that is discussed. Your post gives us things to think. Also with the discussioon with Dr. Hazra we learn a lot of things.
A lot of women I know don’t realise the importance of keeping a check on their hearts. Some of the closest I know. I’m going to send them this link to read, maybe your words work the magic.
Women are back bone of any family and it’s high time that they understand how important it is for them to take care of their health. This post is definitely an eye opener and will definitely watch the video to understand it better. Never knew that omnyk like advanced technology exist to monitor your heart.. Will follow then to know more.
I’ve seen my mother suffer with heart problems in her early 40s and know how serious heart health issues for women. One of the reasons why I take care of myself well. Very good questions and an informative post!
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and spreading awareness. Hope women who read this informative post benefit from it and start taking their health seriously.
I hope so too
Interesting. Never thought of this as affecting as many women as men but learned more about this via the video. Thanks for sharing
I was not aware that women are at more risk to get heart ailments. We should be very careful. This is a very insightful post.
Yes heart diseases are so common these days due to stress and Morden hectic lifestyle. the session seems really informative and it is great that you have covered all common questions. it will help lots of women to understand heart issues better.
It is true that the heart related diseases specially in women’s case have seen negligence. We need to spread awareness with a aim of it reach maximum numbers of women along with right amount of knowledge.
Thank you so much for spreading awareness through this post. Lost my mom to this and so I understand how serious it is to take care of heart.
I’m so sorry to hear that Sindhu
How easily we ignore heart health in women, This is an insightful post, and thank you for informative video too.😊
I always thought men were more prone to heart diseases. Informative article.
Heart ailments in women is rare topic and talked less. Better late than never, such informative post and insightful video should create some awareness. And Women start taking heart health seriously too….
truly and eye opener article Noor !
Seeing the stats, we are surely missing on women health, shall surely check the facebook recording to gain more info.
Thank you for sharing this article. Women often ignore health related issues. Such an informative and an eye opener post.
Thank you for reading
for once I always thought that heart ailments are more for men than women. But after reading this, I am awaked to the reality. Its true that even women suffer from these but for some reason we put ourselves on the back burner and concentrate on men.
This is very important post as women tend to neglect their health and when they realise it’s too late.awareness of heart disease in women ..is much need. Of the hour