Sudden deaths in the community inspire health seminar
Greater Atlanta Telangana Society (GATeS), in coordination with three committed and widely respected physicians from Atlanta, Dr. Srini R. Gangasani (CardioVascular Group), Dr. Vijayasudha Gunna (Endocrinology and Diabetes of Georgia), and Dr. Raja Shekar Sappati Biyyani (Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia), hosted a free health seminar on March 23, 2019 at Biryani Pot Restaurant, Johns Creek from 4pm to 7pm.
With the increase in the number of sudden deaths caused by heart issues recently, a need was felt to educate people to take preventive steps, measures that might help prevent these deaths. GATeS therefore approached Dr. Gangasani, who is well known throughout Atlanta for his philanthropic nature, and Dr. Gangasani readily agreed to present a seminar.
Dr. Gangasani pointed out the strong connection between heart disease and diabetes, and noted that getting to know more about diabetes along with heart disease is crucial for the patient. Dr. Vijayasudha Gunna agreed to provide diabetes information. And Dr. Sappati also volunteered to present information on colon cancer since this has become one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. in the past few years. Interestingly, the risk factors, preventive measures, lifestyle changes, and dietary recommendations are common to all three diseases.
On the day of the seminar, Dr. Gunna made a presentation on diabetes, including risk factors, statistics, diet to be followed, etc.
Dr. Gangasani presented information on risk factors associated with heart disease, the prevalence of the disease, symptoms of a heart attack and when to rush to the ER, the distinction between a chest pain that is not related to a heart attack vs. a pain related to heart attack, recommended lab tests, and preventive measures with healthy life style changes and dietary changes.
Dr. Sappati’s power point slides presented a lot of new information to many people. He described how colon cancer is different from other kinds of cancer, what tests are needed to detect it, how to treat it in the early stages, and the diet to follow.
• Why are diabetes and heart disease so prevalent in the Indian community?
Southeast Asians including Indians are genetically more prone to develop diabetes and heart disease. This, along with an increase in obesity due to dietary changes and decreased activity make these diseases very prevalent. In fact, heart disease occurs 4-5 times more commonly than in Caucasians. Heart disease in Indians also occurs at a younger age than for other populations, and there is also increase in sudden death as the presentation.
• How can heart disease be detected early?
Early testing with coronary calcium score and stress testing in the high risk population helps detect the disease early. Having regular physicals and blood work to find and treat cardiac risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol will decrease morbidity and mortality.
• How can diabetes and heart disease be managed to prolong and improve quality of life?
Aggressively modifying risk factors decreases the risk of heart disease progression and sudden death: avoiding tobacco use, doing regular exercise, and following a low fat diet are important.
GATeS executive team:
President Thirmal Pitta, Chairman Anil Boddireddy, Vice president Rahul Chikyala, General Secretary Kishan Tallapally, Treasurer Anitha Nellutla, Youth&Sports Janardhan Pannela, Events Secretary Sunil K Gottor, Cultural Secretary Srinivas Parsa. Board of directors: Sathish Nandala, Ramachary Nakkerty, Sreedhar Nelavelli, Ganesh Kasam, Chalapathi Vennemaneni, Raghu Banda and Chittari Pabba.
Thanks to Biryani Pot for letting we use the venue and serving snacks and beverages to attendees.
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