January 16 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, at least six people died of heart attacks in different areas of Kashmir valley in the past 24 hours.
The deaths occurred mostly in south and north areas of the valley, while doctors say around 200 cases of heart attack have been reported in this month, so far.
Fayaz Ahmad Sofi a government teacher from Durpora Zainapora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district, died of cardiac arrest on Sunday while a 12th class girl also died of suspected heart attack in Sugan area of Shopian district.
In Pulwama, a 22 year old Jan Mohammad suddenly felt pain and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctor declared him dead and the cause is said to be heart attack. In Ashmuqam area of Islamabad district, a youth died of heart attack.
In north Kashmir’s Baramulla, a local police constable identified as Fayaz Ahmed Butt who was undergoing training at PTC Sheeri in Baramulla died of a heart attack. In Ganderbal district, a man in his early twenties identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Malik died due to heart attack on Saturday in Pehlipora Safapora area of the district.
Dr Irfan Butt, a well-known cardiologist, told media men said that “During the winter the rate of heart attacks is high, even the heart disease worsens in patients, who are suffering from optimum level heart disease. The blood pressure increases and heart blood supply spasm. The rate of heart attacks is two and half times more in winter.” He said, “‘Less than 1% percent among the heart attack patients died. The 5 to 6 deaths happened at SMHS hospital in Srinagar this month, because they presented late. People don’t take heart diseases seriously in Kashmir.”
“Patients should be protected from cold in this weather as almost two hundred cases of heart attacks have been reported so far in this month across Kashmir, “Irfan said, adding that “Heart attacks in this cold weather are not restricted only to the elderly. We have cases when even teenagers have suffered heart attacks. Everyone, irrespective of age, should keep warm and stay indoors,” Dr Irfan said.