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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