“Diabetes and Hypertension cases are growing in rural areas”, Deepak Ramchandra Sawant, Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare

As India carries the burden of the highest number of cardiovascular diseases, The Economic Times hosted a conference that bought together the medical fraternity to discuss issues affecting the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Cardiac disorders in India. The Economic Times World Heart Week was held today in Mumbai at The Leela.

During the conference, Deepak Ramchandra Sawant, Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, congratulated The Economic Times for spreading awareness related to heart ailments and disorders. He also urged the cardiologists at the conference for an open discussion with the government and helping them address the situation. He added, “In a recent death audit for swine flu it was found 50 percent deaths were because of victims having hypertension and diabetes. The situation is of grave concern to us and I request the cardiologists to help with what measures the Maharashtra government should take up.” Minister said, “As a part of the Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Yojna we are covering angiography and angioplasty. We are also taking care of diabetes in this Yojna but specialist advice is important.”

As part of the summit, the Hon’ble Minister felicitated doctors for their outstanding contribution to the field of cardiology.

Remarking on the pioneering effort made by the group, Deepak Lamba, President –Times Strategic Solutions, said, “The summit was crafted to spread awareness about cardiac health through knowledgeable speakers and also to showcase the diverse and current happenings in the fraternity. Through this summit, we hope to identify the key concerns, best practices and new solutions for curing heart ailments.”

At the summit, industry experts discussed and shared their thoughts through interactive sessions on best practices, preventive measures and new-ideas in a focused setting. The theme, ‘India-The Heartland for Healing’, garnered interesting insights that could help tackle the trend of cardiovascular diseases in India.