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New Delhi, India - September 28, ANI : World Heart Day, which falls on September 29, is celebrated annually to spread awareness about the importance of keeping the heart fit as it's one of the most important organs that deliver oxygen and nutrients to cells and also removes waste products. Any sign of heart trouble should be taken seriously as it is linked to one's longevity and survival.In wake of the current COVID pandemic, as people manoeuvre through this paradigm shift involving the new normal, it's vital that people stay calm collectively and make a conscious effort to balance work and life. Hence, it's important to eat right and come to terms with your health, lifestyle and take care of your heart.This World Heart Day, doctors at Fortis Healthcare have called for maintaining a balanced lifestyle, and in light of the pandemic, they urged the public, particularly the youth, to take care of their heart health, get regular screenings and not ignore any significant symptoms.As the world struggles to fight COVID-19, cardiovascular disease, CVD, remains the world's number one killer, and an estimated 17.9 million people died from CVDs in 2016, representing 31 per cent of all global deaths. Of these deaths, 85 per cent were due to heart attack and stroke. In 2016, India reported 63 per cent of total deaths due to NCDs, of which 27 per cent were attributed to CVDs. CVDs also account for 45 per cent of deaths in the 40-69-year age group.For people living with heart disease, COVID-19 has presented multiple challenges. Many have been afraid to attend routine and doctor consultations and have become isolated from friends and family. This year on World Heart Day, the emphasis is, 'USE HEART TO CONNECT - Harnessing the power of digital health to improve awareness, prevention, and management of CVDs'.Speaking about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, Dr Ajay Kaul, Chairman Cardiac Sciences Fortis Hospital Noida said, "It is imperative to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Eat properly and ensure that the exercise you are doing is suitable for your body. The official guideline says that a person should exercise for 45 minutes a day five times a week. However, many youngsters tend to suffer from 'exercise-induced cardiomyopathy or 'exercise-induced arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which there is cardiac muscle dysfunction that leads to heart failure."

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