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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 47-52

Role of integrative wellness in the care of cardiometabolic disorders

1 Department of Cardiology, Command Hospital Airforce, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 PSRI Heart Institute, PSRI Hospital, New Delhi, India

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K K Talwar
PSRI Heart Institute, PSRI Hospital, Seikh Sarai, New Delhi 110017
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JCDM.JCDM_2_23

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The cardio-metabolic disorders are now the leading cause of morbidity and mortality all around the world. Though genetics play a role, most of these diseases have a causal relationship with smoking, environmental pollution, unhealthy food habits, sedentary lifestyle, and alcohol abuse. Poor mental state, depression, and stress have also been found to aggravate the risk to develop these diseases. These diseases are thus clubbed under diseases related to unhealthy lifestyle. The pathogenesis of these diseases is atherosclerosis or hardening of the blood vessels that occur due to constant inflammatory stress aggravated by the above-said risk factors. Since last decade, every third death is caused by a cardiovascular disease. Apart from high mortality, these are chronic disorders with no permanent cure requiring life-long medication and lifestyle changes. The patients suffering from these diseases not only undergo a decrease in their physical endurance and functional capacity but also suffer from depression, self-pity, and financial burden leading to an unhealthy lifestyle and a vicious cycle. This causes a huge burden on the health care system in the country and hence requires a wholesome approach to the prevention and management of these diseases. The integrated wellness encompasses the best of conventional medicine and evidence-based complementary medicine and lifestyle measures to provide the patient a wholesome management plan. This aims to a better patient-doctor relationship, better compliance, trust, and better lifestyle choices. The center of the integrated wellness remains the patient rather than the disease.

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