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J&K lacks Critical Care Ambulance, PAD during emergency situations
Heart attack increases during winters
1/17/2021 11:46:07 PM
S Tahir-ul Haq
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Jan 17: The union territory of Jammu & Kashmir is lacking critical care ambulances as heart attacks among the general public and especially in youth are increasing day by day. The worst ever disease, heart attack that increases among the youth is an alarming situation and the government must do something special to save maximum people without wasting anytime.
Health experts point out that there remains a chance of more than 20 percent of heart attacks during winters in Jammu and Kashmir, mentioning various reasons behind this like the lifestyle that people have adopted, high intake of calories or over eating, smoking, drugs, socio psycho problems, positive family history and other reasons.
Consultant Cardiologist Super Specialty Hospital Srinagar, Prof Khalid Mohi-Ud Din said that heart attack among the general public and especially in youth of Jammu and Kashmir is worrisome.
He said, “There should be an availability of defibrillators that are normally located in workplaces and public spaces like airports, shopping malls, community centers, railway stations, busiest places. These defibrillates are known as public access defibrillators (PADs) as anyone can use them.” “Unfortunately we don’t have an availability of such facilities; this Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) should be made available for use by lay bystanders when and where they are needed”, said Prof Khalid. He said to avoid sudden death and disability due to cardiac arrest using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) within minutes of cardiac arrest can dramatically improve survival rates.
Renowned Consultant Interventional Cardiologist GMC, Dr Syed Maqbol throwing light on this burning issue said that the economic transactions in South East Asia have changed with the result people have changed their life style. People hardly walk for miles, there is an increase in smoking, drugs and people are stressed due to various reasons and socio psycho set ups has increased the heart attack incidents, said Dr Maqbool.
However he said that during cold/winter heart attacks increase especially in the sub zero temperature areas like Kashmir and people should take care of it. If any person feels pain in chest or any other body part, should immediately move to hospital for checkups without wasting any time. Meanwhile, both the cardiologists said that Jammu and Kashmir lacks Critical Care Ambulances (CCA). Government is requested to provide these well sophisticated ambulances in each district of J&K so that precious lives could be saved well in time.
Life is just a matter of (180 seconds) after which any damage can happen to the brain, adding after this time gap in between 10 minutes there are less chances of survival, said these two cardiologists.
They said whenever any untoward incident related to a heart attack happens; emergency numbers should be made available with every household so that a quick action response team can come to rescue.
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