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Friday, 20 June 2014 - 7:22pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

A Mumbai-based organisation facilitates healthy hearts

After gaining the distinction of being the diabetic capital of the world, India is now firmly on its way to acquiring a similar title in the sphere of heart ailments too. A 2010 study indicated that heart ailments kill the maximum number of people in the country today– across rural and urban centres. Around the same time, a small initiative began taking shape in Santacruz-based Dr. Haresh Mehta’s mind to address this very problem in the form of Healing Hearts.

An interventional cardiologist for 15 years now, Dr. Haresh Mehta initiated this social effort in 2010 to address the yawning gap in heart ailments awareness and treatment spectrum in the city.

Along with a team of like-minded people, Mehta formed Healing Hearts, with the purpose of helping people experience an improved quality of life by spreading awareness about heart diseases and the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. The organisation has been doing this by providing an active exchange of information, ideas and sciences to patients and keeping them updated.

Sharing his vision for healthcare, Dr. Mehta says, “We set up Healing Hearts with three main objectives. The first is patient empowerment, where patients are given requisite knowledge about their health, in order to help them make informed decisions. Secondly, empowering women and educating them about the importance of upkeep of their health, as women generally tend to neglect it. Finally, the foundation strives to provide a reasonable state of heart health for everyone.”

Beneficiaries of Healing Hearts
Since inception, Healing Hearts has conducted various free medical camps for women across Mumbai at regular intervals. There is also a series of workshops on different diseases, including cardiac problems.

These workshops have benefitted more than 2000 people till date.

There is no criteria for anyone to learn and benefit from Healing Hearts. The foundation regularly carries out workshops on healthy living wherein qualified medical professionals talk about cardiac emergencies.

These are free-for-all initiatives.

While the service is currently available in Mumbai, Mehta hopes to be able to spread this across the country over the next few years. “I have sought government support on this matter. I have written to the

Honourable Prime Minister of India with a seven-point agenda for medical development in the country,” says Dr. Mehta.

Patient speak
49-year-old Sanjay Ugale, a cable operator from Bandra, is a beneficiary of the treatment from the foundation. Speaking about the service, Ugale says, “I am very thankful for the timely support that Dr. Mehta offers every time I call him about some problem. Even today, I attend the workshops he conducts on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

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