A senior Ahmedabad-based interventional cardiologist said that cases of sudden deaths should be probed through medical autopsies.
“We will know the real reason only through a medical autopsy rather than speculation. I also request relatives to give permission for this,” he said speaking at an event to discuss causes of sudden death, relatively precarious condition of the South Asian population in the context of cardiac health, the need for regular health check-ups, identifying symptoms, post-Covid complications, effects of Covid vaccination, effects of unhealthy food habits, addictions, gym and exercise exertion and the need to train youths in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Doctors said when it came to tobacco, most associated its consumption with cancer. “But the world over, we see more deaths by heart attack caused by tobacco in various forms. Awareness of the ill-effects of tobacco on heart health is a must, as we see a resurgence of chillums and hookahs. We also must understand the adverse impact of drug consumption — too high doses can even kill people,” they said.
“CPR at the right time can save lives. It can also be included in school and college curriculums,” another doctor said at the event adding, sedentary lifestyle coupled with high-fat foods were causing cardiac issues.
Experts, however, defended the Covid vaccines, saying there had been no conclusive proof of their having adverse effects. They also advised the youth to consult doctors before taking up intense gym regimens and having protein powders. They added that compared to western physiology, people in countries such as India were more prone to cardiovascular diseases.