Glenmark, the global, integrated pharmaceutical company
conducted a Doctor-Patient Rally and Awareness Seminar on Saturday, 24
September, in Chennai, South India to commemorate World Heart Day
The rally with more than 2000 participants started around
6.00 am from Gandhi Statue, Marina Beach in Chennai and ended at Venkateswara Hospital. The rally aimed to create
community awareness on the risk features for heart diseases, preventive
measures to be adopted and ways to improve the quality of life of sufferers.
The Rally was followed by a Seminar on preventive measures to combat
hypertension. Noted cardiologist, Dr Thillai Vallal addressed the gathering at Venkateswara Hospital. Mr. Shailesh Babu, Police
commissioner of Chennai, was the chief guest for the World Heart Day 2011
Heart diseases claim about 17.5 millions lives every year.
The seminar traced the poor socio-economic conditions that lead to poor hygienic
living conditions in many places in India. Overcrowding, poor
ventilation and bad sanitation often lead to stress and tension which in turn
cause heart diseases. Doctors speaking
at the Seminar tried to bust the myth among people that all cardiac procedures
Dr. Thillai Vallal, Cardiologist observed, "Most people
spend about 60 percent of their waking hours at work, so healthy choices at the
workplace are critical for overall wellness. A diet low in saturated fat and
rich in fruits and vegetables combined with regular physical activity can lower
the risks of heart diseases. So choose your foods and fats like you choose your
friends- think quality, not just quantity."
Glenmark is organizing similar activities in about 10 cities
apart from Chennai, to mark World Heart Day 2011.