“The burden of cardiovascular disease in India is huge. No infrastructure can tackle it. Prevention is the most practical proposition,” says Dr. Amal Banerjee “The only way to target high prevalence of diabetes, hypertension and obesity is to take measures from childhood. Nutritional care during pregnancy is also important because a child born of a mal-nourished mother is prone to develop cardiovascular disease.” Avoiding risk factors or treating them effectively involves a nationwide awareness campaign run by trained paramedics who can go door-to-door to educate people.

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Dr. Amal Banerjee The burden of cardiovascular disease in India is huge. No infrastructure can tackle the cardiovascular burden in India, so as accepted universally, prevent the cardiovascular disease. I think that will be the most practical proposition in India. Now the issue is how to tackle cardiovascular diseases in India. In India where there is high prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, all these things. Then we have to take measures from very lower age, that is from childhood we should take care. It consists of two parts. First, to make aware, the primary care physicians, all the population at large, how the people should be aware to make or try to avoid these risk factors. Issue is that even when risk factors, like when a fetus is in the mother’s womb, we should also take the nutritional care of mother so that a child born of malnourished mother, he or she is prone to develop cardiovascular disease. So I think it should be very feasible, practical and validated issues and steps and approach so that we reach the people to educate them how to avoid these risk factors, if at all they have the risk factor, how to treat it. Also, we require trained medical personnel and trained paramedics, anganwadi workers will go visiting the people at their residence. They will make the people aware how to take precaution to prevent these cardiovascular disease and they also make them aware if they have got hypertension, diabetes how they can adopt good lifestyle and get treated by the efficient physician.

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