HoD Cardiology GMC & SSH Jammu Dr Sushil Sharma examining patients at RN Pura in Jammu on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, 31st July: A health camp was led by Dr. Sushil Sharma at Govt Middle School, RN Pura, Jammu where he discussed the link between urban city design and cardiovascular disease. “Cities are home to a dangerous mix of environmental stressors that must be addressed to save lives and maintain health. Cities have been engines of innovation and wealth, but they have also become sources of pollution and disease. There is a link between bad air, noise, temperature, outdoor light and cardiovascular disease. Urban planning should incorporate walkable spaces, cycle paths, vertical gardens and green spaces to promote and protect cardiovascular health,” said Dr Sharma, HoD Cardiology at GMC Jammu & SSH.
Elaborating further on the theme, Dr Sushil revealed that transport emissions are the biggest contributor to air pollution in cities around the world. Similarly, the main source of noise is road traffic, which increases the risk of ischemic heart disease.
“Nighttime light pollution has been linked to hospitalization and death from coronary heart disease. Meanwhile, concrete urban areas absorb and re-radiate heat from the sun, causing temperatures to rise. These heat island effects have been linked to deaths during heat waves, which can be mitigated by vegetation The transition to cities that promote local living and active and sustainable mobility is increasingly recognized as offering co-benefits for the health and the environment by creating more sustainable and livable cities,” he said.
Given the direct link between urban design and the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, urban planning is now recognized as a means of combating adverse health effects. Designs include car-free zones and compact cities that shorten travel distances. Limiting car use while increasing public and active transportation (walking and cycling) would promote heart health by reducing air pollution, noise and heat island effects and increasing activity physical.
He said that although the urban local bodies are trying their best in Jammu city to create green structures, parking lots, walking areas etc. in appropriate places, there is still a need to understand the dynamics of urban design vis-à-vis its effects on health. He even insisted on the need to create widespread awareness of the concept of sustainable cities and the positive role played by the general public in this regard.
Over 200 people were screened, assessed and counseled during the camp. ECG, blood glucose and HBA1C were performed and medication was also administered as required.
Others who were part of this camp included Dr. Nasir Ali Choudhary (Cardiologist), Dr. Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr. Anitpal Singh, Assistant Professor (Ortho). Paramedics and volunteers include Kamal Sharma, Ranjeet Singh, Rajkumar, Gourav Sharma, Maninder Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Nitesh Gupta, Harvinder Singh, Sunil Pandit, Aman Verma and Akshay Kumar.