After Puneeth Rajkumar’s Death, A Rush For Heart Checks In Bengaluru

Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar’s death was a sudden shock to all his fans around the globe and Hospitals across the city reported a sudden surge in number of patients getting a heart evaluation after his untimely demise. It more or less seems that people are in a state of panic and people are afraid that they might also be suffering from some heart disease.

Sudden Surge In The Cardiovascular Department

At Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, several first-time cardiac OPD patients underwent tests and CT angiograms to determine their cardiovascular health.


“Our weekday influx is generally about 1,200 patients per day with low OPD numbers on holidays and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Today, however, the hospital received about 1,600 people which imposed considerable strain on doctors, nurses and support staff,” explained the director of the hospital, Dr C N Manjunath. The huge crowds at hospitals on Monday also strained Covid-19 safety protocols.


People rushing inside Jaydeva hospital for heart checkup

“Out of an estimated 30% increase in the number of people who turned up as OPD patients, about one-third had no cardiac problems. About 10% to 20% of overall arrivals were in a state of panic,” added Dr K S Ravindranath, a senior cardiologist at the hospital.

Dr. Devi Shetty On Healthy Choices

At Manipal Hospital on HAL Airport Road, staff were taken aback to see over a dozen patients between the ages of 20 and 45 in a state of worry over perceived chest pain, according to Dr Ranjan Shetty, head of cardiology. At Sakra World Hospital on the other side of the city, Dr Sreekanth B Shetty, Head of Interventional Cardiology said the day’s patients included people aged 30 and above.


“The problem is that many people who have never worked out in their life, recently join a gym and start developing chest pain because of strenuous exercise. Workouts have to be done in a sustainable way that improves the cardiovascular system. The bottom line is that an athlete does not outlive a person who does a moderate amount of exercise. We need to make healthy choices,” Dr Shetty said.