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Hearty initiative to bring health care within poor children’s reach

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WARM MOVE: (From right) Cardiologist V.Chockalingam, actor Sivakumar and Exnora International founder M.B.Nirmal at a press meet to announce the launch of Heart Exnora, in Chennai on Thursday.
WARM MOVE: (From right) Cardiologist V.Chockalingam, actor Sivakumar and Exnora International founder M.B.Nirmal at a press meet to announce the launch of Heart Exnora, in Chennai on Thursday.

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Heart Exnora will have tie-up with Anderson Diagnostics

“Regular schedule of healthy eating and exercise would keep a person healthy for many years”

CHENNAI: Exnora International has announced that it will launch Heart Exnora, which aims to identify children from lower economic groups, provide facilities for diagnosis and treatment.

Heart Exnora is an initiative that aims at identifying poor children who suffer from heart disease and cannot afford either diagnosis or proper health care. The organisation will then extend medical support, including free diagnostics for these children through a tie-up with Anderson Diagnostics, Exnora International founder M.B. Nirmal said.

Spearheading the initiative is cardiologist V. Chockalingam who is also Professor Emeritus, Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University. The whole venture will be kicked off at a function on Sunday evening during which the website www.heartexnora.org will be unveiled.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Chockalingam said it has been proved scientifically that 80 per cent of premature deaths from heart attack and stroke can be prevented by controlling the modifiable risk factors such as stress, strain, physical activity and smoking. Stress leads a person to a vicious cycle of overating, sedentary life, obesity and addiction to smoking, which in turns leads to diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol levels. All these will lead to blocking of blood vessels.

He said he had also presented evidence at international fora to show that atherosclerosis or thickening of the arteries can actually be reversed by merely implementing the slogan: ‘Eat healthy, exercise adequately and think positively.”

Actor Sivakumar said following a regular schedule of healthy eating and exercise would keep a person healthy for many years. He also said he had benefited from doing yoga over many years.

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