An Interventional Cardiologist at the Manipal Hospitals, India, Dr. Ranjan Shetty, has advised journalists to have at least seven hours of good and quality sleep, to rejuvenate their system for the next day’s work. The sleep, he said, is necessary considering the pressure on them at work to complete or produce reports on given subject areas each day.
He said too much pressure could lead to a number of health challenges such as heart attack, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and other acute and chronic diseases. Dr Ranjan gave the advice at a virtual Cardiovascular Workshop organized by the Ghana Journalists Association in collaboration with the Manipal Hospitals.
The session took participants through how long-term stress could increase blood cholesterol, blood sugar & blood pressure, which gave rise to heart ailments. Some of the signs of stress include irritability, not joyful with one’s work or usual activities, not finding pleasure in work, insomnia, and fatigue.
To manage stress, Dr. Ranjan asked journalists to associate with work environments that they were comfortable with and take regular breaks from work. He added that beginners can start with 10 minutes of exercise 3 times a week, and gradually increase to 20 and then 30 minutes depending on capacity.
He asked individuals who experienced heart pains to immediately report to a healthy facility for attention.
‘’Heart attack is like an ‘earth quake’, it gives no signs before attacking you’’, the Doctor advised.
Vice President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Mrs. Linda Asante-Agyei said most of the time, journalists sought the interest of national leaders, their audience and the entire public, and failed to think about themselves or their welfare. She entreated them to prioritize their health in their line of duty as they needed good health to achieve success in their profession.