Can the blocking in coronary arteries of the heart reversed? The answer to this query from the Director of Science and Art of Living (Saaol) Dr. Bimal Chhajer could surprise all. The cardiologist asserts that the blockages indeed can be reversed and there is no need for angioplasty or bypass surgery if the patient is strong willed.
“Cardiologists are not talking about naturally reversing blockages because of financial pressures. Bypass surgeries and angioplasty can be avoided. But, it all depends on the willpower of the patient and their ability to follow a strict regimen,” he said.
The cardiologist was in the Capital on Thursday and delivered a talk on ‘Avoid Bypass Surgery and Angioplasty”.
While speaking to press persons, the cardiologist had strong opinion on the present day state-of-affairs of cardiology profession.
“Doctors are not talking about triglycerides and cholesterol. These two are the main sources of blockages but nobody has time to talk. Everybody talks about doing angioplasty or bypass,” he said.
The main source of triglycerides is oil and for cholesterol it is non-vegetarian food. “Maintaining a diet with no oil, non-vegetarian and milk products is important. Seldom, such advice is given by doctors to patients. Just to conduct surgeries, doctors terrify patients. They do not talk about preventive measures,” he said.
The cardiologist also spoke about the rush to set up new cardiology hospitals in Hyderabad. “Hyderabad has close to 40 hospitals dedicated to the heart. And this is the largest in the Country. Delhi has 25 while Mumbai has close to 30. Why there are so many hospitals dedicated to cardiology in Hyderabad?” he asks.
The senior doctor said that the Country has large number of patients with heart ailments.
“Every year, close to 50 lakh heart attacks occur in India. The numbers are huge and doing surgeries is not going to be the solution. Once you do a surgery and remove a block, then the block will recur in another few years. Surgery is not the option. There should be stress on prevention,” he said.