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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Madhav Marathe: Nickhil This is amazing. We look forward to hearing on how you did this.

Nickhil Jakatdar: Thanks dear Madhav. You have been an inspiration to me on so many fronts!

Madhav Marathe

Shridhar Shukla: So kind of you to share this, Nickhil. It’s going to help so many! Thank you.

Nickhil Jakatdar: Thanks for the kind words Shridhar. Would love to catch up soon.

Shridhar Shukla

Dibyendu Nandy: Congrats Nickhil Jakatdar. That is great progress. Would love to touch base directly on this topic.

Nickhil Jakatdar: Thanks Dibi Dibyendu. I’ll be doing a seminar on this topic and we can chat post that. Hopefully, a lot of questions will get answered there. Alternatively we can chat over one of the weekends.

Dibyendu Nandy

Sachin Vyas: Very impressive and inspiring Nickhil Jakatdar !

Nickhil Jakatdar: Sachin thanks!

Sachin Vyas

Hemant Kanakia: Vow! That’s incredible improvement across the spectrum. Congrats.

Nickhil Jakatdar: Thanks Hemant. It’s good to hear from you. Hope you have been well.

Hemant Kanakia

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