Lifestyle diseases on the rise in Kerala kids

KOCHI: Rifts in the family, erratic diets and stress from schools and tuition classes are the main reasons for more than three percent of school students experiencing high blood pressure in Kerala, said Dr M Sulfikkar Ahmed, Head, department of Paediatric Cardiology in Trivandrum medical college.
He was speaking after inaugurating the workshop on cardiac disorders in newborn babies and children conducted at Ernakulam Medical Centre as a prelude to the 45th Annual Conference of Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Kerala Chapter. Studies reveal that lifestyle diseases are spreading fast among adolescents for the past ten years. Heart ailments are evident in 5000 newborns out of 5 lakh babies born annually in Kerala. Nearly 1000 among them need emergency cardiac surgery. The half among the rest can be treated with medication. If those who participate actively in sports undergo ECG check-ups, helps reducing deaths due to cardiac arrests at the play grounds by 80%, says experts.

Dr. Edwin Francis, Dr. Deepa S. Kumar, Dr. D. Vijaya Kumar and Dr. T.V. Ravi presented papers. The annual meet will officially be inaugurated by IAP National president Dr. Pramod Jog on Saturday, at the IMA House behind Jawaharlal NehruInternational Stadium, Kaloor at 12 noon.

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