Bengaluru: Fortis Hospital Cunningham Road conducted a session on ‘Life after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)’ led by Dr Vivek Jawali. The patients shared their experience and lifestyle choices post-CABG to maintain good health. The event also included quick chat on simple physiotherapy made easy by Dr Patil Pathak, and simple diet made easy by Ms Rinki Kumari, Chief Dietician.
In order to improve the quality of life of patients suffering from CABG, a lot of lifestyle changes need to be inculcated, that includes taking the proper medication, saying no to smoking, eating healthy food, regular physical activities and follow up visits to the doctor.
Dr Vivek Jawali, Chief, Cardiothoracic, and Vascular, Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Council, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore said “It was an amazing experience to interact with my past patients and see them healthy and recovering from the surgery. It was great to see patients as old as those operated in the early 90s sharing their experiences. CABG is the most common type of open-heart surgery that improves the patient’s quality of life and increases the life expectancy. While the recovery period post-CABG has reduced due to medical advancements, however, it is essential to make lifestyle changes and take proper care post-CABG.”
Dr Vishnuvardhan, Facility director, Fortis Hospital, Cunningham road said, “Fortis Hospitals has always taken a step forward in connecting with the community and provide health education to the people. We conducted this forum to see how the surgery has made a difference in patients’ life. We always welcome feedback from patients in order to improve the services provided by the hospital. Our approach is to provide and share best clinical practices at and beyond Fortis Hospitals.”
WHO states that approximately 4280 people in every one lakh die each year from sudden cardiac arrests in India alone. According a report by NCBI, Cardiovascular diseases are on a rise among younger people with over 50% of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) mortality occurring in individuals aged less than 50 years. Population living in cities are three times more prone to heart attacks than people living in villages. Increasing rates of CAD in India in last three decades sends an alarm to look for the factors responsible for its increasing prevalence.