Heart diseases account for more than 30% of deaths in India. Aimed at creating awareness about heart disease, the Cardiological Society of India (CSI) on Sunday, October 4, 2015, launched a book on developing a healthy heart lifestyle at home.
Christened 'Ten Commandments for Creating Heart-Healthy Homes', the book is available in English and 10 other Indian languages. It would be circulated among school children across the country.
CSI president Dr. H.K. Chopra said, "More than 30% of deaths in the country is due to cardiovascular diseases and is fast taking the shape of an epidemic. What is more alarming is it's fast catching up with the young generation."
The book contains precise instructions on living healthy heart lifestyles at homes. It has been created according to World Heart Federation guidelines and is based on the CSI's recently concluded epidemiological survey on school children.
Besides containing instructions for developing a healthy heart lifestyle like following dietary routines, exercising and promoting healthy environment, the book also has details about calorific values of various fruits, beverages and vegetables, recommended dietary allowances and ways to prevent and control coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors.
CSI general secretary Dr. Mrinal Kanti Das said, "Prevention is the best way to fight cardiovascular diseases and so we have chosen school children as the target audience. The book also seeks to address the issue of obesity and hypertension to which our younger population is increasingly falling prey to."
The CSI will also be launching the book through a mobile app, the union health ministry's deputy commissioner Damodar Bachani said, "The central government will make efforts to ensure the '10 commandments' are displayed in all medical facilities and educational institutions. The book can play a big part in preventing cardiovascular diseases and we will talk with the other departments concerned to ensure if the contents can be displayed at all medical facilities whether government or private so that awareness can be widely spread."