The death of TV actor Kavi Kumar Azad, or better known as Dr Hansraj Haathi in the sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma, has raised the subject of heart health once again. The actor was clearly obese and thus, was named Dr Haathi in the show. Obesity is a very grave risk factor for cardiac health and here's what we all need to know about obesity and heart disease.
That the actor died of a cardiac arrest was confirmed by a statement given out by Asit Kumarr Modi. It read, “We are very sad to inform loss of our senior actor Kavi Kumar Azaad… We lost him to a massive cardiac arrest today morning. He was an amazing actor and a very positive person. He truly Loved the show and always came for the shoot even if he was not feeling well. He called today morning that he is not well and will not be able to come for shoot. And later we got the news that he passed away. We are all too numb to say anything.”
Researchers at the University of Glasgow, Scotland say that obesity by itself raises one's risk of fatal heart attacks. Another problematic thing is that obesity is now being recognized as an inflammatory condition, and the relationship between inflammation and heart disease is a very strong one.
Now, obesity is often associated with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. All these three contribute to a heart condition independently. In fact, when merely the impact of obesity (without considering the other two) on heart is assessed, it increases the risk of death by cardiovascular disease in middle aged men by a whopping 60 per cent!
Why obesity is fatal?
The reason behind obesity causing fatal heart disease is not very clear yet but experts say that it could be due to the chemicals released by fat cells. Or, it could also be due to the largeness of their bodies, making their hearts having to cope with the additional stress.