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World Heart Day: Myths and facts you need to know about heart disease

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Nation Next special: On the occasion of World Heart Day on September 29, Dr Chetan Rathi busts some myths and states some facts about heart disease.

Myth 1: Heart disease only affects older people 

Fact: 22% of all disability-adjusted life years (or years of healthy life lost) in people aged 15 to 49 years are due to cardiovascular disease. Lifestyle choices made during childhood and adolescence affect cardiovascular risk later in life. 

Myth 2: If I have high blood pressure, I will have obvious symptoms

Fact: Majority of people with hypertension do not show any symptoms. Occasionally, hypertension causes symptoms such as headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations and nosebleeds, but not always. 

Myth 3: Heart disease runs in the family, so there’s nothing I can do about it 

Fact: Genetic conditions do play some role in high blood pressure, heart disease and other related conditions. The risk of heart of heart disease can increase further when hereditary factors combined with unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking and an unhealthy diet. 

Myth 4: I am less likely to develop heart disease if I am active, eat well and don’t smoke (True, but…)

Fact: It is true that healthy lifestyle is one of the most effective measures in preventing cardiovascular disease. However, we must also bear in mind that there are other less known cardiovascular risk factors such as air pollution, that have an impact on individuals likelihood of developing CVD 

Myth 5: Having diabetes doesn’t mean I have a higher chance of developing heart disease

Fact: CVD is the primary cause of death in all patients with diabetes. Diabetes was recognised as a CVD risk factor very early. Moreover, diabetes was consistently found to be a stronger risk factor for CVD in women than men. 

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Deaf and dumb students put up scintillating show at Radio Mirchi’s ‘Utsav @ Zero Mile’ in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Photographer : Anurag Raut | Nagpur

Amid heavy rains, Nagpur citizens drenched themselves in patriotism during ‘Utsav @ Zero Mile’ organised by Radio Mirchi on Sunday, August 14. What made the event all the more special was when several deaf and dumb students of Deaf and Dumb School, Shankar Nagar, gave a splendid performance on national anthem that reverberated patriotic fervour. Apart from them, students from Delhi Public School also left people completely mesmerised with their incredibly soothing performance with various musical instruments.

Ex-Indian Idol contestant from the city Kaivalya Kejkar regaled the audience with songs including ‘Maula Mere Lele Meri Jaan’ from Chak De! India.

Also read:RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat hoists national flag at Nagpur headquarters


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Kids in Nagpur walk ramp in khadi outfits during Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav




Radhika Dhawad | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

In a rare yet commendable initiative, kids walked the ramp in outfits made in Khadi by designer Durgesh Dixit during Khadi Pride. The ramp walk took place at Sugandh Sabhagruha in Nagpur on Sunday, August 14 in the presence of Central Member of Khadi & Village Industries Commission, Micro Small & Medium Enterprises Jaiprakash Gupta. 

Also read:India’s biggest tribal health project launched in Nagpur; over 10,000 to be screen across Vidarbha

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India’s biggest tribal health project launched in Nagpur; over 10,000 to be screen across Vidarbha




Radhika Dhawad | Photographer : Anurag Raut | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) along with the Tribal Development Department in Nagpur launched BLOSSOM that was recently inaugurated by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. 

BLOSSOM is an initiative that has been launched to reach out to the remotest tribal villages in districts of Chandrapur, Gondia and Gadchiroli in Maharashtra and screen the people for non-communicable diseases and plan suitable interventions.

Launched at Hotel Centre Point Hotel on World Tribal Day, the initiative BLOSSOM stands for: Breast cancer, Liver and lifestyle diseases, Osteoporosis, Sickle cell, Sexually transmitted infections, and Malnutrition.

Around 22 teams would screen a population of 10,000 tribal people across remote villages in the coming three months.

Also read:Nagpur’s Futala Lake comes alive with chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai on Independence Day

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