India is home to 40% of the world’s 2.6 crore patients with heart failure, yet there is poor awareness about the condition and its treatment. Maharashtra public health minister Eknath Shinde delivered this pithy message while kickstarting the Times of India’s initiative on heart failure last week. Called the Beat Heart Failure, the initiative is partnered by pharma major Novartis and aims to educate the masses about heart failure and encourage them to undertake a basic symptom check.
The meeting—first in a series of discussions to be held in various cities—was attended by select bureaucrats and academicians in Mumbai who discussed ways to tackle this relatively new epidemic in India. Setting up heart failure registry and starting heart failure clinics in medical schools and private hospitals emerged as main solutions. – Times of India