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28th November, 2017
Straight from the Heart: International IMA Activities Report 2017

Dr KK Aggarwal, National President IMA

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) actively participates in World Medical Association (WMA), Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO), Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) and World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) meetings. Internationally, WMA deals with all policies related to health, education and regulations related to all the countries in a broad base. Policies with regard to the above issues in Asia and Oceania regions are broadly dealt by CMAAO and that in Commonwealth countries are dealt with by CMA.

Of late many have criticized why IMA should participate in such meetings.

Here is a brief note:

  1. International interactions play a major role in deciding most National or International policies.
  2. World Medical Association (WMA) with the help of 112 National Medical Associations periodically develops concurrence statements, concurrence declarations and resolutions on subjects of common interest. Such Statements, Declarations and Resolutions are revised based on the current-day requirements. There are two types of Revisions: Minor revision (which can be made any time) and major revision (which can be made after 10 years of a Declaration / Statement).
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Indians at higher risk of heart disease due to genetic variations
• Heart disease does not indicate only heart attack
• There are different types of heart diseases one should be aware of
New Delhi, 27 November 2017: A recent study has indicated that about 35% to 40% Indians carry a set of genetic variations putting them at a higher risk of acquiring heart diseases. The carriers of a set of genetic variants in the chromogranin A (CHGA) gene called ‘CHGA promoter haplotype2’ may be at higher risk for cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. This haplotype is found more frequently in those of South Asian origin. Heart diseases are striking young and old Indians alike and this disease is slowly turning out to be a silent killer.
Apart from this genetic susceptibility, what exacerbates the situation is the kind of lifestyle people have today. Increasing dependence on processed food, lack of physical activity, and stress are all contributing factors.
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