Measurement of high blood pressure or Hypertension is one of the easiest method of diagnosing this disease. It needs very basic equipment and training to accurately measure this potentially lethal ailment. Yet it is ironic that very few Hypertensives are diagnosed correctly and even fewer receive treatment for the same. Perhaps even more ridiculous fact is that, despite best treatment of Hypertension only 50 percent of treated patients have their blood pressure well controlled.
Thus, putting in different terms, fewer than 1 in 5 persons with Hypertension have their blood pressure under well control.
It was not too long ago that Diabetes and Heart failure were considered as two distinct entities. Both diseases have menacing, progressive, downhill and often fatal course but also not to mention innumerable complications associated with each of them. Although with the scourge of both diseases, there was matching and parallel evolution in modern medicine that has led to significant reductions in mortality and morbidity due to both ailments.
Heart To Heart
With increasing improvement in medical
sciences, patients who have suffered a heart attack and stroke are able
to live a long and productive life. In patients with such chronic
infirmity, effective improvement is based on continuity of care backed
by the education of the patient, who is encouraged to participate in
managing his illness. Communication between the doctor and the patient
is important to improve the quality of life. The quality of
communication received is a major determinant of patient behavior and
attitude. A well-communicated patient could be easily distinguished from
many by his satisfaction with the doctor, comprehension, and memory of
the information received treatment adherence, level of reassurance and
cooperative response to the relationship with the physician.
1. Quitters are winners- i am talking
about smoking here. quitting cigarettes is the easiest way to keep your
heart healthy. Making those puffs weather real or electronic is not so
The grown-ups and the restless
One of the hand-over of modern times is the Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder, a common reason for children’s impaired
functioning at home, school or social situation. This is the most
commonly diagnosed behavioural disorder of childhood, affecting an
estimated 3 – 5% of school aged children. This disorder is distinguished
by inattention, hyperactivity, impulsiveness and behavioural
instability of the affected child. Such children not only have learning
disabilities during their formative years. Recent research has suggested
that many of these children grow up as emotionally unstable,
disorganized and careless adults. They have compatibility problems with
their colleagues as well spouses and are twice as likely to be divorced.
In the midst of a growing concern over
climate change, it is imperative that each one of us does his or her own
bit to contribute effectively towards the prevention of global warming.
Although most of us are quite aware of the many ways in which we can
protect our environment, not many of us would be conversant with the
enormous impact that our eating habits may have on climate change.
Heart, body, mind, and soul
The totality of our existence is based on
the basic form of integration on whose harmonious synchrony our health
depends on Our mind, body, soul and heart work in unison to create an
interaction which leads to disease free existence. It is not untrue that
one with a perfect heart and body but harboring a troubled mind with
wicked thoughts can never be called healthy, as an unstable mind can be
equally harmful to self and others. More than the interaction Heart,
body, mind, and soul, is the influence of each component over the other.
It would not be unwise to say that our heart becomes what the mind says
and thoughts of mind have a profound impact on the health of the heart.
The heart attack is a frightful
expression and is correctly perceived as an extremely ominous condition.
Almost always, heart attacks are life-threatening and require immediate
attention. But the usual form of heart attack that we know of is not
the only presentation of this deadly disease. Pain and abundant
symptoms, along with profuse perspiration is not the only presentation
of the heart attack. It is also known that heart attacks may occur
silently without any symptoms. These silent heart attacks are the
unnoticed, appropriate and timely management of these patients is not
pursued. This increases the odds of underlying heart disease to
intensify and cause irretrievable damage to the heart and body.
There is general uncertainty as to which
vegetable oil is good for the heart. As we look through the supermarket
shelves in search of the right cooking oil, we are confused about the
health claims of each brand. Vegetable oils have long been endorsed as
being heart healthy. The reason for this is that these oils are low in
artery-clogging saturated fat, and rich in certain beneficial fatty
Heart disease is number one killer of
mankind across the globe, albeit with geographical and racial
inconsistency. It has been noticed that race and ethnicity do play a
role in heart disease prevalence and some groups of people are at
increased risk for heart disease and many do not respond well to certain
treatments. people of Indian ethnicity have the highest rates of heart
disease in the world, despite coming from a culture that shuns smoking,
encourages a vegetarian diet and lacks many of the classic risk factors
for the disease. According to new research, India could account for 60
per cent of heart disease cases worldwide in coming years and this will
signify a huge burden on national healthcare amenities.