Harnessing The Power Of Digital Health To Improve Awareness, Prevention And Management Of CVD Globally Is Our Goal

India reported that 30 percent fewer cardiac emergencies reached health facilities in rural areas in March 2020 compared to the previous year.

Months after the second wave of the COVID pandemic, India’s heart failure patients are still experiencing setbacks. With healthcare services focused on combatting the spread of infections, care for cardiovascular diseases, including heart failure, has been significantly disrupted. India reported that 30 percent fewer cardiac emergencies reached health facilities in rural areas in March 2020 compared to the previous year.

Heart failure is a progressive disease, wherein the heart muscles are weakened. While this does not suggest the heart has stopped, it does mean that the organ is not able to pump enough blood to meet the body’s requirements. Heart failure affects approximately 8 to 10 million people in India, contributing to roughly 1.8 million hospitalizations annually, nationwide. Despite its substantial burden, the condition remains largely under-recognized and poorly understood.

“Digital Health interventions can prevent hospitalizations and emergencies after cardiac procedures. With digital intervention, strong cardiac clinical outcomes can be achieved. Better outcomes can be achieved through proactive prevention too. Empirical evidence shows that if there are 100 patients with cardiac clinical issues, nearly 97 per cent have no emergencies or readmission issues if they opt for digital health services. Preventive advice is given on several different types of clinical issues including out-of-control blood sugar, trouble breathing, chest pain, racing heartbeats, wound site pain, fever or chills, swelling at the wound site, and lower extremity swelling. To address such issues, after ruling out major cardiac events, an accurate advisory is given to the patients and that includes a reduction in exercise intensity, strict monitoring of diet, and other parameters. Digital health service has potential to prevent readmission significantly. Post-discharge and follow-up care remain key focus areas for service providers,” said Dr. Sumana Arora, Vice President, Clinical services, DayToDay Health India.

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