Fortis Malar Hospital, India’s largest heart transplant centre, observed the World Heart Day today with a host of activities engaging the public of Chennai. An awareness ‘Walkathon’ was held at the Marina beach in the early hours, where more than 200 people participated, including the doctors and staff of Fortis Malar hospital, volunteers from the NGO Avvai home, University PG Hostel, and various educational institutions. Social Activist and cine actor RJ Balaji flagged off the walkathon.
Awareness leaflets, highlighting the importance of heart health were distributed by the volunteers to general public. A signature campaign in support of ‘Health heart habits’ and organ donations was also held at the end of the walkathon.
World over 00000 people suffer from various heart related ailments. There are an estimated 45 million patients of coronary artery disease in India. Current projections suggest that India will have the largest cardiovascular disease burden in the world. One fifth of the deaths in India are from coronary heart diseases and by the year 2020, it will account for one third of all deaths. Sadly, many of these Indians will be dying at a very young age, since heart disease in India occurs 10 to 15 years earlier than in the west. With millions hooked to a roller-coaster lifestyle, the future looks even more grim.