September 29 marks World Heart Day, which is a global campaign aimed at raising awareness about cardiovascular disease and promoting heart-healthy behaviors. Heart health is a topic of paramount importance that transcends age, gender, and ethnicity.
We live in good times – social advancements such as better literacy rates, housing conditions and cessation of wars mean that we now get to live much longer. The average life expectancy in 2022 was 72.98 years, compared to 50.09 in 1960. However, with longer life expectancy comes another set of issues – health concerns. Cardiovascular disease has surged over the past few decades globally due to evolving trends of dependency on technology and dietary choices. Deaths from cardiovascular disease jumped globally from 12.1 million in 1990 to 20.5 million in 2021, according to the World Heart Federation.
Scoliosis is a form of a common spine problem that is often diagnosed during adolescents. Patients diagnosed with scoliosis have a spine that bends sideways and even rotates transversely (perpendicularly), with a curvature degree exceeding 10°.