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<a href="">Dr. HK Chopra</a>

Chairman, National CSI Affairs

Dr. Santanu Guha

President, CSI - 2016, Senior Cardiologist

Nightingale Hospital, Kolkata

<b>In an interview with past president of the CSI, Dr. Santanu Guha explains the rationale behind the paper authored by him and published in the recent issue of the Indian Heart journal.</b> <b>The healthy heart initiative project, spearheaded by Dr. Guha is aimed at educating school children, especially in rural areas about the dangers of smoking and diabetes to the heart.</b>
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Dr. HK Chopra

It is really a great honor and privilege for me to be here on the platform of <a href=""

Dr. Guha

Actually, this was a joint project of <a href=""

Dr. HK Chopra

I think Santanu it is a brilliant idea according to me if the CSI create a sensitization in the school children whether the urban, semi-urban, or rural, some kind of awareness. I think it is just a beginning. (05:00) In the beginning of course, we may not get the result the way we expect. We will have some hurdles. We will over a period of time forego all those and I am sure what we achieve, it will take some time, but it is a brilliant initiative that we go to a village and conduct this trial.

Dr. Guha

It is not one, you know it is the entire block, we visited several villages.


So, you visited several villages, for the first time a hitech CSI has gone to such a status..

Dr. Guha

As I told, it is not only CSI, I was from CSI but it was actually a collaborative study of <a href=""


On the contrary, I personally feel it is CSI as a national body and a Tufts University make it a global approach. It is a global initiative. I think in my opinion, it is an excellent initiative. We should modify the protocol. We should make it more easy, (06:00) more practical and I am sure in the years to come if we protocolize in such a manner that it becomes more informative, I am sure more data will come. But, I just would like to ask one question Dr. Santanu Guha, whose idea was this, whose vision was this?

Dr. Guha

Actually, myself and a past student of mine who is presently in Tufts, we are in collaboration on various papers and while discussing, it came to our mind and we decided to go for this. Our objective was little different and this can be magnified in a meaningful way. So, we do not have any national program on school health. Regarding the awareness of the commonly occurring diseases particularly the non-communicable diseases, there is hardly any program which is going on in the schools at a national level. (07:00). So, if the improvement is significant and if we can modify it for its betterment, I think CSI can help in formulating a national program on school health in this particular aspect.


I think I really need to compliment Dr. Santanu Guha, the president of CSI because it is something new which is happening in CSI this year. We can call this program as a CSI School Healthy Heart Initiative. This is going to be great. It is going to create a huge impact. The name of CSI will come because you are doing it and School Healthy Heart Initiative is a positive way. If we go for risk stratification for CAD or a heart attack, it gives a negative meaning. But, talking of a Healthy Heart Initiative with CSI will be brilliant and I am sure in the EC or in the General Body Meeting, let us make it a big momentum and I am sure it is going to catch up the (08:00) media and full <a href=""

Dr. Guha

We can certainly discuss this thing in our executive committee meeting.


Thank you very much.

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