Doctors At Risk of Heart Attacks Because Of Their Odd Work Schedules  

Doctors At Risk of Heart Attacks: Odd working hours, unpleasant work circumstances, and expanded openness to diseases, can all put specialists at an expanded chance of coronary episodes. 

The instances of respiratory failure are on the ascent lately even among youth. People of all ages and walks of life—young, middle-aged, and elderly—are experiencing heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases. According to media reports, Dr Gaurav Gandhi, a prominent cardiologist from Jamnagar, Gujarat, passed on from coronary failure at 41 years old early Tuesday morning. Medical professionals as well as the public have been astonished by this. We asked cardiologists whether doctors are more likely to have heart attacks. Many of them agreed that doctors are more likely to have heart attacks because of the pressures of their jobs, stress, exposure to infections in hospitals, and unhealthy lifestyles. 

Like some other humans, a specialist or a cardiologist is at a gamble for respiratory failure due to pressure, a stationary way of life and unpredictable dietary propensities other than customary gamble factors like high BP, cholesterol and glucose. According to Dr Sanjeev Gera, Director – of Cardiology, Fortis Hospital Noida, not being able to do regular preventive checks and not getting enough exercise are the main risk factors. 

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Doctors At Risk of Heart Attacks 

“The fact that Gaurav Gandhi, a cardiologist in Gujarat, passed away at the very young age of 41 was extremely shocking. In India right now, young people are quite prone to heart attacks. Less than 50 per cent of heart attacks in India occur in individuals under 50. Specialists, no question know about every one of the sicknesses, and risk factors, of respiratory failure. According to Dr Gajinder Kr Goyal, Director – Cardiology at Marengo Asia Hospitals, Faridabad NCR, “but still if we see the studies, the average lifespan of a doctor in India is around 59 years only as compared to the general population who have an average lifespan of 68 years or so.” 

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“A doctor’s job is extremely stressful because they must make decisions about critical patients in a matter of seconds. In addition to the pressure of the job, the doctor is under a lot of mental pressure to ensure the health and safety of their patients. Furthermore, in this course of dealing with their patients commonly they disregard their well-being; regular checkups, and they frequently ignore even the tiniest of symptoms, thinking that this might not be related to heart disease or another organ disease. “They (doctors) should take more breaks and should do regular check-ups and not shy away from taking consultation from their fellow doctors, their colleagues if they have some symptoms and check it early,” Dr Goyal says. “Medical professions are highly burdened in India. It is the time to destress medical professionals.” 

According to Dr Vivek Chaturvedi, Head of the Department of Cardiology at Amrita Hospital in Faridabad, it is true that physicians, for a variety of reasons, are more likely to develop chronic diseases, particularly heart disease. 

Smoking, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol (including elevated levels of bad cholesterol), obesity, and a family history of the condition are all risk factors for heart disease if we take a broader perspective. Physicians’ susceptibility to these risk factors can also be increased by emerging factors like a sedentary lifestyle, a lack of physical activity, and the demanding nature of their work. The high prevalence of lifestyle-related risk factors found in surveys of Indian doctors and medical students is not surprising. Besides, the time limitations in emergency clinics frequently bring about speedy and possibly unfortunate food decisions, which further add to this pattern,” said Dr Chaturvedi. 

“One more huge concern is the advancement of limiting (tightening influences) inside the coronary veins, which supply blood to the heart. These narrowings can rupture due to certain triggers, exposing fat cells and other accumulated substances to the bloodstream. This cycle can prompt the development of blood clusters, at last bringing about a total blockage known as a coronary failure. The expert went on to say that “recent infections, extreme mental and physical stress, and the occurrence of these heart attacks both contribute to the rupture of arterial constrictions.” 

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“It is evident that physicians experience a higher prevalence of three factors, despite the lack of conclusive data: infections, extreme physical stress, and mental stress. This increased vulnerability is exacerbated by the stress of caring for sick people, the challenging and hostile work environment, long hours, and increased infection risk from frequent patient contact. As a result, there has been a worrying rise in unfortunate cases among doctors,” Dr Chaturvedi stated. 

“Even though stress reduction in the body is receiving insufficient attention, it has emerged as a significant risk factor in today’s society. Preventing other risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, family history, and smoking is seen as more important than stress management. Working irregular hours, dealing with extremely stressful situations while treating critically ill patients, and dealing with attendings who are panicky and anxious about the patient’s condition all contribute to a lot of stress for cardiologists. 

Treatment For Doctors at Risk of Heart Attacks 

Primary angioplasty is the treatment of choice for heart attacks and myocardial infarctions. This treatment strategy could be pressure-inciting when done at odd hours of the day. 

As cardiologists, we occasionally overlook our symptoms. Multifactorial causes of CAD or heart attacks exist. Despite our best efforts to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine, it is not always possible to avoid heart attacks due to other risk factors. There ought to be a comprehensive strategy for preventing cardiac events or coronary heart disease. Contamination, stress, and working till late hours around evening time have become significant gamble factors for heart issues,” says Dr Bhupendra Singh, Specialist Cardiology, Manipal Clinic Ghaziabad. 

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Riya Kapoor

Riya Kapoor writes about lifestyle, entertainment, news and gadgets. She has been in this industry for almost 4 years now. She is a graduate from Delhi University with English Hons and had deep connection with writing since her childhood.

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