How to take care of your ‘Heart’ – Interview with Padma Bhushan awardee Dr. TS Kler

New Delhi, April 6, 2017: In a meeting with staff journalist of, INDIA’S leading cardiologist Dr TS Kler, a Padma Bhushan awardee, who is presently the Executive Director and head of cardiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi said – “Some regular exercises 45 minutes a day at least 5 days a week are very good to prevent heart diseases”.

Q.1         Please suggest tips to lead healthy and happy life style?

A.1       Preventing heart disease which is very important issue, because firstly the treatment of heart is very expensive. Secondly Heart is an organ which if you don’t treat, you can die very early. Basically we need to take care of our health:

  1. Zero smoking in any form.
  2. Blood Pressure (BP) be treated very adequately. Target BP should be below 140/90.
  3. If you have diabetes, it should be effectively treated. Effective treatment of diabetes test Hemoglobin A1C should be done every 3 months. This test tells control of diabetes in last three months. It should have figure 6-7.
  4. Lipid profile should be done. We need to see bad cholesterol which is called LDL. In normal people without a heart disease LDL should be below 100mg. Who have already heart diseases such as some blockage etc. LDL should be below 70mg.
  5. Some regular exercises 45 minutes a day at least 5 days a week are very good to prevent heart diseases.
  6. Last but not the least very imp. How to distress yourself.

Stress is increasing in our society. Stress doesn’t only damages heart but all the parts of the body. All of us need to understand and develop our own ways to distress ourselves.  Whatever suits your mind, going to temple, gurudwara, sitting with friends or whatever you can relax your mind with. There is a lot of positive role of yoga; if one starts doing yoga it is distressing.  It is a physical exercise and proper yoga can also do a long way to prevent heart disease.

Q.2      What are the complications that may be associated with angioplasty or stunting?

A.2       There are many complications which can occur. No procedure in medical field is totally safe. Every procedure even a minor operation like appendicitis, people can die, complications can occur. Basically complications or dreadful complications that a patient can die during angioplasty operation this day are very little less than 1%. Minor complications in the form of blood loss or allergic reactions can occur in many patients which can be addressed without much of concern.  One of major complications some people can develop is reblockage in stunted area.  It used to be high incidence before but now a days with development of new generation stunts particularly drug alluding stunts chances of recurrence is 5-8%.

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