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Updated: July 21, 2010 20:57 IST

Delhi ties up with Apollo for tackling heart diseases

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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit gets her blood pressure checked after inaugurating a Billion Hearts beating campaign launched by Appolo Hospital at Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo :Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
The Hindu Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit gets her blood pressure checked after inaugurating a Billion Hearts beating campaign launched by Appolo Hospital at Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo :Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The Delhi Government on Wednesday joined hands with Apollo Hospital to launch a campaign against heart diseases. Inaugurated by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the campaign titled “Billion Hearts Beating” aims at creating awareness and initiating positive action for tackling the problem of heart diseases.

Under this multi-media national campaign, people would be exhorted to take a pledge and share it with their friends.

Ms. Dikshit said the campaign would become an integral part of the Delhi Government's website. It will provide simple tips to people to effectively manage risk factors related to heart diseases.

The inauguration of the campaign was attended by Health Minister Kiran Walia, Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, Secretary (Health) Rajendra Kumar and Apollo Hospitals Group Chairman Prathap C. Reddy.

Stressing the importance of prevention before cure, the Health Minister assured that her department would work towards ensuring the success of the campaign.

Dr. Reddy said Indians were more prone to heart diseases than most other nationalities. “They are four times more likely to have heart attack than their western counterparts,'' he said, adding that risk of heart disease can be significantly reduced through simple lifestyle modifications.

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