Cardiovascular diseases leading to a variety of heart related problems have assumed epidemic proportions the world over and have become the most common cause of fatality in the developed as well as developing nations including India, said, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India while inaugurating the "World Congress on Clinical & Preventive Cardiology" (WCCPC 2006) through Video Conference (from Madurai) being held at Brahma Kumaris Shantivan, Abu Road.
The President of India said that the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases has increased from 1% in 1960 to 10% to 15% of the adult population now. Every year, more than five million people suffer from fresh heart attacks including nearly 1.5 million fatal attacks. He added that one of the critical issues is the recognition, diagnosis and timely availability of Medicare at the time of attack including rural areas. President expressed his concern over the rapid increase in the rate of coronary artery diseases in South Asia particularly in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka which is definitely a cause of concern for health specialists of this region.
The President called upon the participant doctors around the world and the World Congress Cardiologists, social organizations like Brahma Kumaris and institutions like DIPAS, DRDO and others to come out with certain useful recommendations for the medical community, Government Institutions and socio-spiritual organizations to take up preventive steps, awareness programs, educational inputs which are economically viable methods in curing the diseases. Dr. Kalam added that Health has to be treated not as the absence of disease but the feeling of complete physical, mental and social well-being. A three day conference is being held at Brahma Kumaris Shantivan, Abu Road from 22nd to 24th September, 2006, as part of World Heart Day being celebrated on Sept., 24, 2006 with the theme: "How Young is Your Heart". The conference is being organised by Cardiological Society of India, Healthy Heart Education & Research Foundation, International Medical Sciences Academy (IMSA), JW Global Hospital & Research Centre, Ministry of Defence, R & D Organization, Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology, Japan. Over 2000 delegates including 1200 doctors are participating in this historical conference.
The President of India made seven suggestions for the members assembled in the World Congress of Clinical and Preventive Cardiology.
1. A new website may be launched on the occasion of this Conference.
2. Three dimensional healthcare approaches, which include physio-psycho meditation treatments.
3. Patients experiences may be recorded and made it available in the website.
4. A quarterly journal on three-dimensional health care may be published by the Brahma Kumaris organization, in association with DRDO, Cardiological Society of India. Worldwide contributions may be requested.
5. The results and the recommendations of this conference on three-dimensional healthcare may be communicated to the Indian Medical Council for action.
6. An integrated treatment involving high fibrous vegetarian diet, meditation and aerobics works on the human system which removes blockages in the artery and provides relief from the pain may be made available.
7. The World Congress may also give a recommendation based on the experimental results and the discussions on controlling, preventing diseases like HIV, Cancer, T.B. etc.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said that thoughts whether positive or negative are not just vibrations in the air but well-defined electro-chemical events with physiological consequences. Thoughts, in the brain are converted into matter, which I understand reach all fifty - sixty trillion cells of the body in the form of neuro-peptides. If thoughts are distressing, full of worry, anger, ego or anxiety, the brain starts pouring stress hormones, which in turn increases the load on the heart and can set in coronary artery disease. He advocated that if we can reverse this process by creating an environment of positive thoughts, peace and happiness in mind, this can minimize the load on the heart, which should lead to reversal of the disease. He further added that by adapting life style of low fat high fiber vegetarian diet, moderate exercise and stress management through Rajyoga meditation, can halt or reverse desease process.
The President of India congratulate the Brahma Kumaris Global Hospital & Research Centre which has made research & studies for the last eight years in collaboration with the DRDO, Ministry of Defence on the application of Rajyoga Meditation, Vegetarian Diet, moderate exercises, keeping stress free mind and the art of living with harmony and happiness. He hoped that the finding of the research will be presented in the conference to take up this message worldwide.
Mr. Shatrughna Sinha, Former Union Health Minister and present Member of Parliament, while addressing the conference said that the Health of the people is the Wealth of the Nation. He called upon the participants to take up this conference message - preventive steps, awareness through education, relaxation through meditation in creating Manav-Mandir instead of fighting for Mandir-Masjid issues. He assured the gathering by making a promise that he will be available at any time, any where for a noble cause of creating disease-less society.
The World Congress on Clinical & Preventive Cardiology president Dr. H.K. Chopra, while welcoming the President of India and other eminent Doctors, faculty members, researchers, medical educationists and other participants of the conference around the world said that the rapid urbanization, globalization and industrialization with demographic and health transition are some of the main factors for premature CVD in the India in the new millennium. He added that smoking or consuming tobacco will cause heart diseases.
Dr. Chopra further said that this conference will be an historic event which will come out with new light on preventing and treating heart diseases. He said, in addition to the conference we have exhibited lifestyle optimization books print electronic literature in the form of CD and audio cassettes and health related medical stuff. Cultural programs will be focused on healthy heart theme. In the beginning, Mr. Hota, Health Secretary, Government of India while addressing through video conference from Delhi, called upon the WCCPC 2006 participant doctors to come with positive suggestions in curing heart and other diseases through spiritual wisdom and scientific application.
Rajyogini Dadi Prakash Mani, Chief of Brahma Kumaris in her message of blessings read by Rajyogi BK Nirwair, said: "Purity in consciousness, peace in mind and meditation with the Divine will help in creating healthy, wealthy and happy life". She wished that this conference could be a beacon light in providing health care.
The conference was also addressed by many eminent doctors including Dr. W. Selvamurthy, Chief Controller Research and Development Organizations, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, Dr. S.K. Parsar, President Elect Cardiological Society of India, Dr. V.K. Banwaree, Minister of Labor, Industrial Relation & Employment, Mauritius, Dr. S.C. Manchanda, Former Director of NIMANS, New Delhi, Dr. Anil Kumar, President Elect, Asian Pasific Society of Cardiology, Dr. Smador Kort & Dr. Vinod Sahgal from USA.
Rajyogi B.K. Nirwair, Managing Trustee of Global Hospital & Research Centre, Rajyogini Dadi Ratan Mohini have graced the occasion with words of wisdom and blessings of Peace and Good Wishes. Dr. Satish Gupta, organizing secretary, WCCPC, 2006 gave vote of thanks. Master of Ceremony of the event were Brahma Kumari Diana, USA and B.K. Sharda, Ahmedabad.
PTI Correspondent & Executive Secretary
Brahma Kumaris, Mount Abu
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