More than anything else, the pandemic has shown us the frailty of life. One moment you could be hale and hearty, and the next you could be gone. While Covid-19 has been responsible for a number of untimely deaths in the last couple of years, many young and healthy individuals have also succumbed to heart disease. The Covid-19 deaths, though preventable, can be put down to our healthcare system’s unpreparedness, but what of premature heart disease? Can we write the devastation caused by this age-old disease off to unpreparedness as well? Most certainly not.
In recent times, multiple medical reports from renowned publications have indicated a rising global trend where the cardiac health of younger people is deteriorating at alarming levels due to increased stress. I personally know of four different cases in my network, who have died of heart attacks under the age of 40. The number of relatively young celebrities suffering from severe cardiac issues is further proof of the prevalence of this problem.
Indian cricketing guru, Kapil Dev, even though 61 years of age, is known for his sportsman physique. Despite that, he had to undergo emergency coronary angioplasty in the middle of the night at a South Delhi hospital on 23 October 2020, after he complained of chest pain.
Another cricketing star soon followed suit—former Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Sourav Ganguly also suffered from a cardiac arrest on 3 January 2021. Despite undergoing an angioplasty on his right coronary artery, he suffered a mild heart attack a few weeks later. Attending doctors had advised him that angioplasty was required on a few of his other coronary arteries as well. At a mere 48 years of age, Ganguly is much younger than the average age for cardiac arrests as per previously recorded medical data.
The famous Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona died in his sleep at age 60, on 25 November 2020, from a build-up of fluid in the lungs due to congestive heart failure. Maradona had earlier suffered a heart attack in 2004, for which he had undergone gastric bypass surgery, yet he was not prepared for this fatal attack.
Apart from eminent sportsmen, other famous people have also faced heart problems and in some cases succumbed to them. Kapil Sekhri, owner of Fratelli wines, and one of India’s prominent winemakers, died of a cardiac arrest last year while still in his 40s. Popular Indian fashion designer and Padma Shree awardee Wendell Rodricks passed away at his Goa residence on 12 February 2021, due to heart failure at the age of 59, while enjoying an afternoon siesta. The list goes on and on.
It is indeed disheartening to hear these stories. Many of us in our 30s and 40s begin to worry that it may happen to us and our loved ones as well. Research shows that most heart attacks are caused by ‘atherosclerotic blockages in coronary arteries’, which basically indicates a hardening or solidifying of fatty mass within the arteries. It can be triggered by unhealthy lifestyle, eating, and other mental disorders, and is likely to be the greatest cause of heart attacks in the young in the last couple of years, particularly due to the build-up of stress this difficult year wrought on everyone. Fortunately, there is no reason to worry, as the advent of cutting-edge technology has allowed us to keep a check on our health parameters at all times.
Omnytraq, the revolutionary ring-style device launched by Omnyk, provides a worthy solution to this growing problem of heart problems at a premature age. Omnytraq is a continuous remote patient management solution focused on the care of CVD patients. The device is accessible on recommendation of health care providers including hospitals, practicing doctors, and senior care centres. Its main purpose is to track the cardiovascular parameters of patients from the comfort of their homes. This wearable device puts the patient at ease by keeping them constantly connected with their doctors, while allowing them to go about their normal lives. One can read up on this technology on their website omnyk.com.Heart problems amongst young people are certainly on the rise but fortunately the solution also seems to be close at hand.
The writer pens lifestyle articles for various publications and her blogs.
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ARJUN MATHUR TO ADARSH GOURAV: HERE’S LOOKING AT THE TOP THREE OTT NEWSMAKERS
MUMBAI: The past few years have been a revelation for Indian cinema with the influx of OTT content. From handling an out-of-box idea to bringing forth a crucial issue in the limelight – our actors are going all out with their digital ventures!
While we saw some of the finest performances on the streaming platforms last year, there are a few names that define the space with their path-breaking performances, unconventional takes, and impeccable cinema sense. So, here’s rounding up the top four OTT newsmakers.
ARJUN MATHUR: You cannot have a list of the ground-breaking stars without Arjun Mathur. The international Emmy Award-nominated actor has pushed the boundaries with his non-conformist choices, like playing a gay wedding planner in Made In Heaven or shooting a show in a lockdown with The Gone Game. Now, he has Made In Heaven S2, Gone Game 2, Lord Curzon Ki Haveli, and Lionsgate Play’s next series.
PRATIK GANDHI: Pratik Gandhi became a household name with his blockbuster series, Scam 1992. The actor earned massive acclaim for his apt and flamboyant performance of Harshad Mehta. Later, he stunned the audience with his brave selections – Bhavai and Shimmy. Coming up next for the actor are Atithi Bhooto Bhava, Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan?, and Six Suspects.
ADARSH GOURAV: With his solid performance in The White Tiger, Adarsh Gourav has made it into everyone’s watchlist. The new-age actor bagged the BAFTA nomination for his performance and is all set to step into Hollywood with his next venture, Extrapolations, starring Meryl Streep.
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NEW DELHI: Behind every successful person, there are unfailing efforts of teachers. Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj played the role of that guru in actor Madhuri Dixit Nene’s life.
After learning about the demise of Pandit Birju Maharaj, Madhuri, on Monday, took to Twitter and opened up about her relationship with him. “He was a legend but had a child like innocence. He was my guru but also my friend. He taught me the intricacies of dance and Abhinay but never failed to make me laugh at his funny anecdotes,” she wrote.
“He has left behind grieving fans and students but also left a legacy we will all carry forward. Thank you Maharajji for everything you taught me in dance along with humility, elegance and grace. Koti koti pranam,” she added.
Alongside the note, Madhuri posted a throwback picture of her doing mukhdas with Pandit Birju Maharaj. For the unversed, Pandit Birju Maharaj, who breathed his last on Monday, had worked with Madhuri in films like ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Dedh Ishqiya’.
Bollywood in awe of Pushpa & Allu Arjun
Mumbai: Pushpa star Allu Arjun, the talk of the town, has absolutely impressed
his fans,audiences, actors in the South and also many bigwigs in Bollywood. The
stylish star with his emphatic performance has won the hearts of many in the Hindi
speaking regions. Now, Bollywood is all praise for Pushpa Raj aka Allu Arjun and
the movie, reiterate what the stylish star has said in the film, ‘Pushpa is not flower,
it is fire’. Completely entranced by Allu Arjun’s splendid work in “Pushpa”,
and also as the Hindi version in the North belt alone grossed Rs 100 crore
in box office collections in 25 days of its run, actors and big producers
in Bollywood have taken notice, and are now speaking about the
stylish star’s ability to charm viewers.
At a time when Allu Arjun has amassed a big fan following in
Hindi-speaking regions, there are reports of Bollywood producers lining up to cast him in their next Hindi films. Also, many
Hindi actors are showing interest to act in his upcoming pan-India movies. It is also reportedly said that producers are looking
to get Hindi dubbing or remake rights of the icon star’s upcoming films as they feel he will dominate the cinema space now.
The passion Allu Arjun put into his Pushpa Raj character is
so evident that people are just captivated by him.
LATA MANGESHKAR TO REMAIN UNDER SUPERVISION FOR A FEW MORE DAYS
MUMBAI : Giving a health update regarding legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, her doctor on Sunday shared that the megastar will still remain in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), under the supervision of doctors for a few more days.
The Bharat Ratna recipient was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai last week and her treatment is still going on. The 92-year-old star is suffering from corona as well as pneumonia. Dr Pratit Samdani who is treating the veteran singer said that “Lata ji is still in the ICU, she still that is why she is kept under the supervision of the doctor in the ICU.” “Lata ji will remain under the supervision of the doctor for a few more days, it is difficult to say how many days it will last. No one is allowed to meet.” The doctor also said that there is a need for people to pray for her recovery.
MOUNI ROY TO RETURN TO SMALL SCREEN AS A JUDGE ON REALITY SHOW
MUMBAI : After working in films like ‘Gold’, ‘Made in China’, and the yet-to-be-released ‘Brahmastra’, actor Mouni Roy is back to the small screen — the place where she first made her acting debut. Mouni is all set to appear as a judge on ‘Dance India Dance Li’l Masters Season 5’. Talking about the same, she said, “For me, dance is an expression. It is an amalgamation of various art forms. I am incredibly excited to be a part of Dance India Dance Little Masters as a judge. I can’t wait to watch the young kids showcasing their talent on such a huge platform.”
Mouni started her acting journey with TV shows and rose to fame with supernatural ‘Naagin’.
KURUKKU VAZHI IS A CRIME THRILLER: SHIRA GAARG
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