Taking on Heart Disease: My Path to Better Health

Taking on Heart Disease: My Path to Better Health

It has been 8 years since I was diagnosed with Heart Disease (Coronary Artery Disease). My blood tests were mostly normal and there were no real red flags. And yet, there I was: at the 98th percentile of calcification of my arteries for my age.

Once I was over the initial shock, I realized I was actually incredibly lucky. Cardiovascular disease accounts for more deaths (32%) than the next 4 biggest causes of death combined (all the cancers, respiratory disease, diabetes and dementia). According to Stanford Health, among South Asians, heart attacks are happening earlier (25% of heart attacks occur under age 40, and 50% occur under age 50) and with higher mortality rates (there is a 40% higher chance of mortality from heart attacks among South Asians than the average population).

It led to me making a lot of changes to my lifestyle (food, exercise, sleep) in ways that did not require me to give up eating and doing all the things I love. To ensure my changes were medically, scientifically and nutritionally sound, I worked very closely with a number of amazing clinicians, dietitians and exercise trainers.

I am sharing a few of the improvements I have seen in my health parameters through this journey to demonstrate how effective these changes have been while being quite simple to implement. Moving forward, I will share my learnings and observations on these interventions through my GeneClinicX Instagram account and on my LinkedIn account, that I hope can help those of you that are looking for sustainable and fun ways to stay or become healthy. Your feedback and questions are very welcome!
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82 comments

Anil Dev: Truly amazing…..

Nickhil Jakatdar: Anil uncle thank you!

Anil Dev

Abhinn Shreshtha: Great to hear your condition is improving 🙂 and thanks for sharing these suggestions!

Nickhil Jakatdar: Thank you Abhinn

Abhinn Shreshtha

Preeti Ghare: Thanks for sharing this, very inspiring!

Nickhil Jakatdar: Thank you!

Preeti Ghare

Nikhil Dambal: Your discipline, dedication and commitment in all aspects of life have always been commendable, Nickhil! Thanks for sharing and best wishes… always!

Nickhil Jakatdar: Thank you. The good news is that awareness helped me figure out relatively easy things to change that didn’t require as much discipline as one would imagine. I’ll be sharing some of those things in the coming days. It can actually be fun.

Nikhil Dambal

Fiona Ng: Oh dear.. thanks for sharing, I wish you well and speedy recovery

Nickhil Jakatdar: Thanks! I am well.

Fiona Ng

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