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A Chat With Dr.devi Shetty[ Narayana Hrudayalay]

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  1. sunkan

    sunkan Gold IL'ite

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    <!-- google_ad_section_start -->A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty , Narayana Hrudayalaya

    Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?
    Ans:

    1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil

    2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime

    3. Quit smoking

    4. Control weight

    5. Control blood pressure and sugar

    Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?
    Ans: No

    Qn: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?

    Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

    Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?

    Ans: Yes

    Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?

    Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

    Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

    Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints.

    Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?
    Ans: Mother Theresa, who was my patient.

    Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?
    Ans: Extremely rare

    Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age (I'm currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

    Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

    Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?
    Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

    Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

    Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

    Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?

    Ans: Yoga helps.

    Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?

    Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.

    Qn: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?
    Ans: All oils are bad .

    Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any
    specific test?

    Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP,
    Treadmill test after an echo.

    Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?

    Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position, place an aspirin tablet
    under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

    Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?

    Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

    Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of
    120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

    Ans: Yes.

    Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?

    Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child

    Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.

    Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, edentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

    Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend?

    Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these
    irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

    Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications
    (short / long term)?

    Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern
    anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

    Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks? Ans : No.

    Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?

    Ans : No.

    Qn: How would you define junk food?

    Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala
    dosas.

    Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?

    Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

    Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?
    Ans : No.

    Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?

    Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

    Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?

    Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

    Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?

    Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

    Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?

    Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to
    heart attacks than non-diabetics.

    Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?

    Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

    Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease
    when compared to day shift workers?

    Ans : No.

    Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?

    Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

    Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?

    Ans : No.

    Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?

    Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45.

    Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?

    Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkup s if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended)...
     
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  2. Devika Menon

    Devika Menon Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Sunkan,

    To say that was a very informative most is an understatement. I made my entire family sit up and read it. and hopefully we have got some very valuable tips. Thanks dear you will be responsible for saving many hearts.

    Regards,

    Devika
     
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    devika, like how u say few words even i feel your feed back i am not able to appreciate to the level that you give it, still a heart saved is a life saved, as this was with the grt man felt it should be spread for its awareness..a very big thanku..sunkan
     
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    Dear Sunkan,
    I second devika.To say that this post is so informative is clearly an understatement.I read Dr.DS's chat long back in a health mag.Have certailnly got an idea on what to eat n what not to from this post.Thanks a ton.
    Simply dumbstruck, how can u come out with many many topics from nalangu to chat!
    Hats off to you.:bowdown
     
  5. sunkan

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    dear aishu,
    happy that you like my postings here, and about interests then i must say i have 5 different shapes on my finger tips which means a varied interest i love from painting to bhakthi to food and health anything under the sun which makes me sit up and notice i share here, and i find all benefit too, so why not, instead of sharing the pangs if i can share my happiness so many will just laugh and divert and forget their worries, isn't it.. sunkan
     
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    Dear sunkan very informative thank you.
     
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    Dear Sunkan,
    Very Informative.
    Thank you!
     
  8. sunkan

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    dear shakila and sinduja,
    happy u find it useful ma,,,,sunkan[​IMG]
     
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    Dear Sunkan,
    Hats of to u,Great job,and a very very informative.
    keep doing good job,god bless u
    Mangala.
     
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    A very informative post Sunkan. Specially so for NRIs who turn to food to combat depression.

    The exercises mentioned are very easy. 30 mins daily is something everyone of us can give for a healthy Ticker.

    Love your posts they are so informative. I am sure you would make a good journalist.

    Regards,

    Corallux
     

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