The sudden death of actor Puneeth Rajkumar due to cardiac arrest has triggered panic among the people, especially youngsters who are making a beeline to the hospitals for heart check-ups across the state. The sudden influx of people at the hospitals has strained the doctors, nurses and others working at these hospitals.
Despite being a holiday on November 1 for Karnataka Rajyotsava, several hospitals in the state witnessed 20-30 per cent increase in patients.
The Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Bengaluru witnessed 33 per cent increase in OutPatient Department (OPD) patients who had come for heart checkups.
“We are seeing a sudden increase of patients after Puneeth Rajkumar’s demise. Usually around 1,200 patients visit OPD, but on Monday, more than 1,600 came for a check up. Around 20 per cent of it was due to panic. Majority of patients demanded an ECG test and for their satisfaction we did it. These are just panic visits and knee-jerk reactions. Men who are above the age of 35 and women above 45 must get annual checkups done regularly,” director of Jayadeva hospital Dr CN Manjunath said.
Similar scenes were witnessed at Manipal Hospital on HAL Road in Bengaluru where there was an increase of patients by up to 20 per cent compared to other days.
Apollo Hospitals in Bengaluru too witnessed a spurt in patients complaining of heart ailments. Cardiologist Dr Abhijit Kulkarni at the Apollo Hospitals said the majority of the patients had no major issues.
“People were seeing updates on Puneeth’s demise on television all day, this is just a panic reaction. This is not the first time we are seeing such cases. Such scenes were seen even after the death of actors Chiranjeevi Sarja and Siddharth Shukla. We are treating them as per protocol but the majority of patients were fine and had no heart ailments.” Dr Kulkarni said.
Such scenes are not limited to Bengaluru alone, hospitals in other parts of the state too have been witnessing a rush of people worried about the condition of their heart since Puneeth’s demise.
The cardiac care units of Jayadeva Hospitals in Mysuru and Kalaburagi witnessed significant increase in patients since October 29.
In Mysuru, Jayadeva Hospital witnessed a 100 per cent increase in patients. On an average the OPD used to get around 60 patients but now it is treating 130-140 patients.
In Hubbali’s KIMS, Dr Rajkumar Hiremath said the hospital is witnessing a sudden rise of patients from the past three days.
“We used to treat 10-15 people in the cardiology division everyday but from the past few days the number has significantly increased. On Tuesday, till 1 pm, 57 people underwent an ECG test in the OPD. People visiting the emergency ward have also increased. Patients who are diagnosed with heart ailments are being shifted to the cardiology department,” Dr Hiremath said.
According to cardiologist Dr Prashant of Priyadarshini Heart Care in Mandya, there has been a threefold increase in patients from the past three days.
“On a regular day, we used to treat around 40 patients but after Puneeth Rajkumar’s death, we are treating around 140 patients. Majority of patients are below the age of 40.”
The untimely demise of Puneeth Rajkumar has reignited the debate on intensity of workouts and consumption of protein shakes and pills to get the required body shape.
Government considering norms for fitness industry
Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Monday said that the government is considering bringing in norms for fitness centres.
“It is an unregulated area. The government is considering coming out with a set of guidelines for gyms and fitness centres so that there are thorough checkups of people before any workouts. I have spoken to several cardiologists and requested them to come up with a report,” Dr Sudhakar said.