Obesity & Heart Care!
Facts about Women’s Heart Disease

Dr Abhijit Joshi a renowned Cardiologist, from Pune, completed his MD Medicine and did DNB in Cardiology from N. M. Wadia Institute of Cardiology, Pune.

He has trained in France Rouen, Belgium, South Korea and Japan.

An established consultant in clinical and interventional cardiology, Dr. Joshi with over 35 years of experience, is also principal investigator in many multinational, multi-centric clinical trials in cardiology and also a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology.

Dr Joshi is practicing at N. M. Wadia Institute of Cardiology (NMWIC), Pune.

Risk Factors for Heart Diseases:

During stress the balance between the sympathetic system and

parasympathetic system is lost which leads to sudden increase in heart rate, blood pressure, adrenaline, cortisol surge that may cause a heart attack. Being emotionally sensitive, women are more likely to experience it. Dr Joshi believes that the critical stages in women’s life are pregnancy and the peri-menopausal period.

To keep the heart healthy in these stages, one must control salt, reduce weight by moderate exercise and avoid oily food. “Diabetic women have twice the risk of heart attack than non-diabetic”, he says. Despite that, women with conditions such as high cholesterol, hypertension and PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) are in danger too.

Diet and Exercise:

He advises everyone to do a moderate cardio workout like brisk walking, cycling or swimming. This will help in reducing weight, controlling blood pressure, improving good cholesterol and limiting bad cholesterol. “Regular exercise can reduce the risk of heart attack by 50%.”

He also instructs women to follow a diet rich in fibers and proteins, moderate in carbs and low in fat, which will ensure reversing the blockage in heart arteries. One should avoid excess salt and processed food instead opt for healthier alternatives such as fresh fruits and vegetables that has antioxidants and micronutrients.

To avoid any health condition, women must exercise regularly (even during pregnancy), meditate or pursue a hobby, follow a healthy diet, avoid drinking and smoking and most importantly get regular health check-ups done.