Aims to reach out to 400+ units in 30 housing societies
In a bid to urge people to take care for their heart, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road introduced a mobile cardiac clinic, named as Route No 15 Heart Line on the occasion of World Heart Day. The mobile clinic was flagged off by Dr Vivek Jawali- Chairman, Cardiac Sciences, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore along with Dr Manish Mattoo, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore; Dr Priya Sreedharan, Medical Director, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road and senior cardiologists at Fortis Bannerghatta Road. The aim is to provide essential health check-ups and heart care in the RWAs around the vicinity of Bannerghatta Road.
Route No 15 Heart Line will consist of basic health screening along with a doctor’s consultation at a minimal cost. Depending on the patient’s review, he/she will be referred for cardiac screening that will involve Echocardiogram and ECG by the doctor. The van will be equipped with an echocardiography and ECG machine which will be supported by a nurse, a technician and a doctor to provide a comprehensive heart screening.
To commemorate the completion of 15 years of Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, Route No 15 Heart Line will be conducted over 15 weekends starting Oct 2nd in the key gated communities and apartments in and around the Bannerghatta Road neighbourhood. The objective is to achieve 1500+ Health Checks & 150+ consultations in the neighbourhood.
Dr Mattoo said, “This year, the occasion of World Heart Day has become extremely important owning to the growing incidence of cardiac ailments in the younger population. Route 15 heart line is a small step to help people get access to cardiac screening at the comfort of their home which will also create awareness on the importance of undergoing regular health check-ups. We have also tried to align our initiative in line with the theme of this year’s world heart day, i.e., use heart to connect wherein we are trying to build a healthy connect with our neighbourhood by caring for their heart through the medium of mobile cardiac clinic. Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore being a pioneer in cardiac care in the city of Bengaluru have always looked forward to deliver comprehensive care to the community at large.
Speaking on occasion, Dr Jawali said, “India is going through a transition whereby young adults are falling prey to cardiac ailments. Young people are becoming a victim of heart disease due to a lot of factors which comprises of sedentary lifestyle to lack of awareness regarding keeping one’s heart healthy. Other factors include smoking, history of hypertension or diabetes, waist/hip ratio, dietary patterns, consumption of alcohol, blood apolipoproteins (Apo), and psychosocial factors. Many of the heart patients these days are between 30-40 years of age. This is majorly because of lack of physical activities and unhealthy diet and overall unhealthy lifestyles. Simple 4 point formula of not smoking, keeping physically active, eating right and reducing excess weight will cut the risk of heart attacks & stroke by a large percentage. Moreover, the diagnosis and treatment procedures for heart diseases need a continuous development. Innovative methods need to be developed to overcome these challenges. Some approaches that could potentially improve the efficiency of care include incorporating information communication technology tools, advanced techniques and improving the quality of care given to patients.”