Anant Bajaj, an exceptional face of Bajaj Electricals, dies at the age of 41 due to cardiac arrest.
Bajaj is an unfading name in the Industrial World. Bajaj Electricals was a pioneer in introducing e-commerce and under Anant Bajaj, the only son of the Shekhar Bajaj (CEO of Bajaj Electricals), the company saw a digital transformation and also doubled their market shares.
Anant Bajaj officially joined BEL in 1999 as project coordinator and was promoted to Managing Director in June 2018. Anant Bajaj was all set to make Bajaj Electricals India’s first IoT (Internet of Things) led electrical goods firm.
The news of Anant Bajaj’s demise at such a young age came as a havoc for both the family and the industry. Unfortunately, life was not fair enough and the Industry loses a man with brilliant insight and futuristic ideas.
Cause of Death
Anant Bajaj died at the age of 41 on Aug 10 2018, due to cardiac arrest. When heart related diseases are taken into account, 40s are actually a very early age to be affected with; but this is a statement of less significance as each day passes. If people were prone to heart diseases in their 50s or 60s earlier, today it has shifted to younger age groups. More generic reasons points towards high level of stress, genetic factors and lifestyle.
Heart is a top notch machine superior to any human invented ones. Similar to any other machines, if not taken proper care of, it is likely to cause trouble. Heart pumps blood 24×7 supplying nutrients to all parts of the body. Two types of circulatory systems are associated with blood circulation: pulmonary and systemic. Pulmonary circulation indicates the flow of blood between heart and lungs. Systemic circulation indicates the flow of blood between heart and rest of the body.
The pumping of blood by the heart muscles is linked with its electrical conductivity. The conduction is initiated by impulses from SA (Sino Atrial) and its spreads down towards AV nodes, bundles of his and purkinje fibres. These actions cause atrial and ventricular contraction responsible for the pumping.
Cardiac Arrest is the heart’s inability to pump blood due to any malfunctioning in the electrical conductivity. The heart suddenly stops pumping blood. The insufficient amount of blood and oxygen drives a patient to unconsciousness and will stop breathing that culminates in the death of the patient. But, if sufficient steps are taken within 2 or 3 minutes, the patient do have chances of survival.
The most widely noted cause of cardiac arrest is abnormal rhythms occurring in heartbeat ( termed as arrhythmia) like in the case of ventricular fibrillation. The heart fails to pump blood and will simply fibrillate. This distorts the musculature of the heart.
Other heart related causes can be coronary artery disease, heart valve diseases or congenital heart diseases. Often electrocution (serious injury due to electric shock), drug over dosage and severe haemorrhage (losing a large amount of blood) can also cause cardiac arrest.
Often a heart attack can occur before cardiac arrest and these are used interchangeably too. But a heart attack and cardiac arrest are two different things. While cardiac arrest is an electrical conductivity problem, heart attack is a circulation problem. Heart attacks usually occur due to the deposition of lipids in blood vessels hindering the flow of blood. Heart attacks cause chest pain and less severe symptoms but can permanently damage the heart.
ECG is the most reliable data to study heart’s electrical activity. ECG can be obtained via various means. Premature contractions, pauses and different types of arrhythmias can be interpreted from an ECG. So this helps in taking precautions and treatments in advance.
The conventional method is obtaining a printed ECG report from an ECG machine, which will give you only the status of heart at the point of recording. No data before or after the period can be obtained. In order to save a patient, continuous monitoring is required or in the case of the heart attacks an ECG needs to be taken within 6 to 8 hours of the attack. This calls for long term monitoring devices.
Immediate steps to be taken
If right steps are taken immediately after a cardiac arrest, the patients’ chances of survival are higher. As soon as the patient is identified with a difficulty in breathing or chest pain, inform the emergency medical centre. The patient may or may not be conscious. If he is unconscious, perform CPR by a properly trained personnel. If not, an electric shock can be administered using a defibrillator to restore the fibrillated heart.
Health habits to follow
Only with the adoption of healthy habits can lifestyle disease be prevented. Following are some measures.
- Have a proper diet and regular exercise. At least walk for 10 minutes a day.
- Perform regular check – ups to study your health status
- Try stress busters to relax yourself like taking a vacation.
- Avoid smoking and excessive drinking
- Keep yourself aware and updated on diseases and precautions
Survey and Statistics of India
In India heart disease has turned out to be the leading cause of death with a figure of 1.7 million people, as per the reports released by Global Burden of Disease Report. Until a few decades ago, western countries had more number of heart patients than Asia, but this has been reversed now.
The decline in heart patients in western countries can be attributed to reasons like increasing levels of awareness, higher frequency of medical check-ups and adoption of healthy lifestyle habits.
When India was successful in bringing down the mortality rate due to infectious diseases, it was left behind in treating non communicable diseases. Only through long term goals, proper awareness and adoption of healthy habits, these can be eliminated.
As far as your heart is concerned, you need a regular and continuous monitoring to be equipped with the heart condition well in advance and act accordingly. Even when many methods are available, because of certain obstacles, people still abstain from them. But the statistics clearly indicates that it is time for India to wake up and act. That is where Biocalculus can help you.
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