It is the greatest scourge affecting all nations across the world. It not only strikes down a significant number of people without warning but also causes prolonged suffering and disability.


Early identification of heart disease risk and modification of risk factors reduce the incidence of future cardiovascular events and improve people's quality of life.

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Dr. George Thayil is one of the most recognized and respected Cardiologists in Kerala. Dr Thayil is the Founder head of the Dept. of Cardiology at Lourdes Hospital, a 750 bedded tertiary care NABH accredited referral hospital situated at the heart of the city of Cochin.

Dr. Thayil received his medical degree, post graduation and doctorate from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, and later trained as a Cardiologist in Austria at the National Specialty Board. He is also Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and European Society of Cardiology. Dr. Thayil was working as Staff cardiologist at German Heart centre, Munich, before returning to India in 1993 to establish the Cardiology Dept. at Lourdes Hospital, which now offers state-of-the-art health care to the heart patients.

After a lifetime devoted to preventive medicine, Dr. Thayil is convinced that a radical change in the lifestyle of people is the only way to prevent the occurrence of heart diseases, which are real epidemics and the major causes of death all over the world. Hence, Dr Thayil is actively involved in the mission to improve people's lives by creating awareness in the field of Cardiology.

Dr. Thayil has won many prestigious "Best Doctor" awards including Global Excellency Medical Award, Chief Minister’s Arogyaratna Award, KCBC Award and Sarvodhayam Kurian Smaraka Award. He has authored six Bestseller books on heart-care and has published close to 1000 articles on preventive cardiology in various magazines and newspapers. Dr. Thayil is also a familiar face on the Television channels wherein he presents and participates in various medical programs. A philanthropist to the core, Dr Thayil also runs the "SHALOM Charitable Fund" for helping the underprivileged heart patients. Dr. Thayil is the former State President of Indian College of Cardiology and currently serving as State President of Indian Academy of Echocardiography.

Healthy heart tips
  • "Walking briskly for 45 min a day keeps you healthy"
  • "Take stairs instead of the elevator to increase your daily activity level"
  • "Smokers have a 4 times increased risk of having heart attacks compared to non-smokers"
  • "When eating out, choose salad, fruits, or vegetables over starchy side dishes like potatoes"
  • "Smoking lowers your good (HDL) cholesterol and smoking cessation can raise your good cholesterol levels significantly"
  • "Having a bowl of oatmeal every morning can naturally reduce your cholesterol levels"
  • "The top 5 heart-healthy, low mercury fish are: Salmon, Herring, sardines, Fresh water trout, and Pollock"
  • "Omega-3-fatty acids ,also known as fish oils, have been shown to benefit heart health"
  • "Remove the skin from poultry before or after cooking"
  • "Fill half of your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables at each meal to ensure that you are getting a heart healthy portion of them"
  • "Avoid coconut, palm, cottonseed and palm-kernel oils because they contain high levels of saturated fats"
  • "The American Heart Association recommends that our daily Sodium intake not to exceed 1500 mgs"
  • "When you leave your doctor's office, make sure you know three important numbers: your cholesterol, your BP, your Blood sugar
  • "By losing weight, many patients are actually able to discontinue their BP and Diabetes medications"
  • "Teach your children good heart healthy habits at a young age by encouraging outdoor activity over video games and TV shows"
  • "Remember that packaged foods with labels like "low cholesterol" and "Cholesterol free" are not always heart healthy because they may still contain large amounts of fat and Sodium"
  • "A diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat and salt can reduce your BP and decrease your risk of developing heart disease"
  • "Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in India"
  • "If you don't have time for long workouts, perform several 5-10 min brisk walks throughout the day"
  • "Not all fats are bad for you, Row nuts, olive oil, fish oil, flax seeds and avocados contain either monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats that can help reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol and raise your good HDL"
  • "Women are more likely than men to experience atypical symptoms during a heart attack such as nausea, stomach fullness, dizziness or a racing heart"
  • "Chest pain is a very common symptom of Heart attack, but patients can also complain of other sensations such as nausea, dizziness, pressure or fullness in the stomach or Shortness of breath"
  • "Getting inadequate amounts of sleep can increase aging of the arteries and increase your risk of Heart attack"
  • "Worldwide, one in 10 school-aged children are estimated to be overweight"
  • "In India Heart disease and Stroke are known as lifestyle diseases, suggesting these are problems of affluence. Over time, however, the social gradient reverses and the poor become the most vulnerable victims"
  • " There are at least 970 million people worldwide who have elevated Blood pressure"
  • "There are 400 million adults worldwide who are obese and one billion who are overweight"
  • "BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters (Kg/m2)"
  • "If you have Diabetes you are 2-4 times more likely to develop Heart disease than people without Diabetes"
  • "17.3 million people die every year worldwide due to heart disease. By 2030 it is expected that 24 million people die from heart disease annually"
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