New Delhi, Lifestyle Desk, Diabetes Problems: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a major public health challenge, contributing to about 61% of all deaths in India. Unfortunately, the problem of many chronic diseases related to each other has added to the problem. One such trio of diseases, which are commonly found, are heart failure (HF), diabetes mellitus (DM) and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Studies show that about 25-40% of heart failure patients have diabetes and about 40 to 50% of HF patients have chronic kidney disease (CKD). In addition, heart failure patients who also have diabetes and CKD are at higher risk of hospitalization and death due to heart failure. Therefore, regular consultation with a cardiologist and timely treatment is essential to prevent the progression of heart failure. It is also important that patients keep a close watch on symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid or irregular heartbeat, swollen legs and persistent phlegm.

Dr. Vishal Rastogi, Additional Director, Cardiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, said, “I have observed in my clinical observation that more than 50% of heart failure patients have associated health conditions such as diabetes, obesity. And there was CKD too. Therefore, patients need a comprehensive approach to treatment with strict adherence to the prescribed treatment program. Regular check-up and health to cardiologist

Noticing even small changes in the parameters of the heart will help to take action in times of distress, so as to avoid the serious consequences of heart failure.”

Ways to keep the heart healthy for heart failure patients:

– Keep an eye on the symptoms: Keep an eye on even small changes in your body and report them to your cardiologist

, Have a healthy diet: A well researched diet plan is essential when heart failure, kidney disease and diabetes coexist. So consult a dietician or heart disease expert.

– Compliance with treatment: When there are no symptoms, patients stop taking the medicine. Remember that heart failure is a silent disease. Failure to comply with treatment can lead to serious complications.

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Edited By: Priyanka Singh