Safe and Happy Holi 2016

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A Festival of Colours

In India Holi and Dol Yatra is a festival colours. During this festival people play with colours and pour colours on each other. People meet families and friends and the celebration also includes special delicacies and good food.

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Colour Courtesy

Use organic colours and strictly avoid chemical based colours

Do seek permission before pouring colour, do not pour colours on people who are not willing

Do not spray colours around eyes, mouth, ears and nose.

Do not pour colours or gulal on pet animals or stray animals. Colour remaining on skin will itch and licking colour can be harmful.

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Food Favorites

Eat things you like, usually there are special delicacies on Holi. Do not over-eat. Diabetics and high blood pressure patients do take special care on quantity and food types.

Avoid consumption of intoxicating food items

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Good Gestures

Keep your cool, do not indulge in any kind of argument.

Keep a smile, greet and meet people

Help people in need of help

Be a law abiding and responsible citizen, do not drink and drive or drive rash

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Health and Hygiene

Do wash hand well before consuming food

It is very important to take bath soon after playing holi, remove colours properly to avoid any kind of itchiness and skin problems

Wish all a happy Holi and Dol Purnima. Enjoy the festivals of colours safely. Spread the awareness of a safe holi.

 

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Salt and Kidney Health –Low Salt or No Salt Healthy Cooking and Tasty Recipes

Salt is not harmful for kidneys of a healthy person with proper condition of kidneys if consumed within prescribed limits. But for people with kidney disease salt is best avoided. Common salt that we consume is Sodium Chloride and people with CKD (Chronic Kidney Diseases) need to avoid salt. SALT

Safe Level of Salt/ Sodium Intake

For people who are not suffering from High Blood Pressure or Kidney Disease can consume up to 2300 milligram of salt daily. It is approximately 1 teaspoon. Best recommendation is up to 2000 milligram of sodium daily while 2300 milligram is safe but it is on the higher side.

For people suffering from High Blood Pressure or Kidney disease than it is recommended not to consume more than 1500 milligram of salt daily or little more than ½ teaspoon. sea-salt-powerful-remedy-that-cures-many-diseases

It Is Easy To Limit Salt / Sodium Intake

Cooking with selected spices and herbs can replace the requirement of salt in many recipes

Do check food labels before purchasing to check the sodium content

Avoid canned and packaged food. Avoid junk food as they contain high quantity of sodium

Salt substitutes are mostly high in potassium and too much of potassium needs to be avoided

Do request for low salt or salt free cooking while eating out

Strictly avoid salt dips during eating 475600565_8e99b64419_o

Cooking Without Salt

Some healthy alternatives to salt that also make your food tasty.

Meat, Fish, Egg Curry and Soups

Use commonly used spices in kitchen as per taste. Some ginger and garlic, Black pepper, red pepper, cloves may help to add more taste. 7778450582_5997b598a7_o.jpg

Vegetables – Boil, Curry and Soups

Basil (Tulsi), Cardamom, Bay Leaf, Thyme and other spices as per taste 9389533774_f57820e6ae_o.jpg

Baked Recipes

Cardamom, black pepper or red pepper sprinkle (as per taste) and other commonly used spices 4669843681_9402349d0f_b.jpg

Eat healthy and live happy

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Top 5 Diseases in Women and Special Emphasis on Heart Disease

Today a large number of women are managing both home and office.  Women have created mark in all spheres of work and contributing towards nation building alongside men. happy-young-woman

Recent studies and trends suggests that health of women needs more attention and women need to take better care of their health that starts from lifestyle, nutrition, stress and work life balance.

HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN

Changing health conditions of women put women almost at equal risk with men for heart related diseases today, especially among the urban women and working women. woman-at-conference-pointing-on-table-725x483.jpg

Today especially the younger generation of women in the age group till 40 years is moving in a faster paced work and social life and it is impacting their health. A recent study unfolds some alarming information about health of women in India. 3 out of 5 women are at the risk of developing Cardiovascular Diseases and a large number of them are within the age group of up to 40 years.

The major reasons for this alarming situation are

  • Overweight and Obesity is spreading like an epidemic and this is something women can control. Discipline in food habit, balancing nutrition and regular exercising is something that needs to be done. It is important to quit smoking as soon as possible and also reduce alcohol intake or stop it.  Proper diet and balanced nutrition is something that is very important for good health.
  • Most women are suffering from low level of Good Cholesterol or HDL cholesterol. Healthy and High level of HDL helps in reducing chances of heart diseases.  It is important to keep a check at cholesterol levels and be in touch with cardiologist and get required tests done as prescribed and know the condition of the heart before it is late. active-84646_960_720
  • Lifestyle diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, insomnia needs to be well managed. Any other diseases like thyroid, gastrointestinal diseases etc should be treated under proper medical guidance. Health conditions should not be ignored and it is important to get treatment done by specialist doctors. Self medication needs to be avoided and it is important to follow medical prescription.

BREAST CANCER  

After lung cancer, breast cancer is the second biggest reason for death in women suffering from cancer.  Regular self check up and on observation of something that is common  symptom or abnormal visit to specialist doctor should not be delayed.

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OSTEOPOROSIS

It is a major disease among women. Earlier it was common with aged women, but now it has started showing it’s symptoms at earlier age. Well balanced diet and regular work out is important. Yoga_Class_at_a_Gym.JPG

DEPRESSION

Depression is more common in women than men. In today’s highly competitive work and demanding social life depression is showing its impact among more number of women. Depression not only impacts work and social life but also open people exposed to many health conditions that can turn alarming. girl-1098612_960_720.jpg

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

These diseases include Type 1 Diabetes, Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis. There are many more diseases in the list of autoimmune disease.  This is condition where the immune system attacks the body and destroys tissues in the body. Diabetes-Test-Diagnosis-e1312923582595.jpg

It is important for women to keep regular track of health conditions and get medical tests done as per prescription and taking medicines properly. A balanced diet and regular workout to keep body weight under control.

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Article Inspiration and Information Credit:

http://www.business-standard.com/article/sponsored-content/study-reveals-that-3-in-5-women-in-india-are-at-high-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-as-early-as-35-years-of-age-114092900800_1.html

http://www.webmd.com/women/features/5-top-female-health-concern?page=5

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Timely Treatment Saved A Life at Desun Hospital

It was early morning that Mr. Roy was sitting at the waiting lounge of his son Ashutosh’s office. They had plans to visit a nearby organic market Ashutosh’s night shift office get over. Ashutosh is an IT employee in the IT Hub of Kolkata. The young man signing off as headed towards to waiting lounge suddenly saw an office boy coming rushing towards him, who hurriedly informed that his father Mr. Roy is holding his left chest and shaking. Both rushed and found Ashutoh’s father leaning against the corner of the sofa and surrounded by few people. He was semi conscious.  1

Right at that moment Ashutosh clicked on the hospital app and after a brief talk, in no time the Desun Hospital ambulance arrived from the nearest available location. Mr. Roy was taken in the ambulance along with Ashutosh and soon they reached Desun Hospital.

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The Medical emergency team members were present in the hospital and the ICU bed was ready. Mr. Roy was was admitted in the ICU while Ashutosh completed the admission formalities.

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The cardiac team did their initial check up and as per the advice of the senior cardiac surgeon Mr. Roy was taken to OT for an urgent Angioplasty within next 2 Hours. In the meantime the initial medication and other required tests were done to confirm the condition and the decide the treatment plan.

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Ashutosh and his family were waiting in the waiting area and the medical team member explained the condition of his father to Ashutosh as per medical diagnosis and findings.

Soon the angioplasty was completed successfully and Mr. Roy got shifted to the ICU bed.

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Within next few days Mr. Roy was discharged healthy from the hospital and was advised routine follow ups for few months.

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More than 700 Surgeries Information Online at Desun Hospital Website

Desun hospital in their website includes more than 700 affordable surgery packages with common details that users seek to know. This is done to help users with required information that can help them know about a surgery package online and save time. Just go to Desun Hospital website and see the surgery console

Today nuclear or small families have less number of people and during such decisions of surgery it becomes difficult to go to various hospitals and surgeons to know about the cost and other requirement for the surgery balancing work and family.

The surgery console in the hospital website includes large number of surgeries under various heads like Cardiac (heart), Neurological, Gynaecological, Urology, Joint, Arthroscopic, Orthopaedic, Kidney, and General surgeries.

There are also consoles for OPD Procedures and Day Care Procedures.

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Desun hospital has Steel OTs with latest facilities that drastically help reduce chances of Hospital Acquired Infections.

The Cath-Lab at the hospital is very modern and Desun is one the most preferred heart hospital for Angiogram and Angioplasty. The number of patients for angiogram and angioplasty is huge and many come referred by their friends and relatives who share a good opinion about the facility.

The 24 Hours Medical emergency Admission facility makes the hospital stand out among many hospitals in the region and it is strong engine backed by many power-houses like ambulance assistance through the ambulance network in all districts of West Bengal and Kolkata , specialist doctors even at midnight, during festivals and public holidays, 300 bed hospital, 94 bed ICU, Burns Unit, emergency phone numbers and a very agile emergency management team.

The hospital has a large number of regular specialist doctors and many critical patients recover at the hospital and some of the impact stories are featured in the hospital website.

Desun is a NABH accredited hospital with many other health care facilities all under one roof, that includes 24 Hours Pharmacy, facilities for Medical and Pathological Tests in-house, cafeteria waiting lounge, special facilities for senior citizens, high quality lifts (elevators) , well equipped rooms, modern beds, trained nurses and medical staff , PPN listed hospital where one can get cashless medicliam and also corporate patient management desk  for corporate and corporate insurance patients 

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Quick Information and Myths – Brain Stroke

Definition of Stroke

A Brain Stroke is a condition when the brain do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients

Strokes are of 3 types

  • Ischemic Strokes

It happens when the arteries to the brain have got narrow or blocked. This type of stroke is mostly treated with medicines

  • Hemorrhagic Strokes

This is condition when the arteries around the brain burst or start leaking.  This stroke is mostly treated with surgical intervention

  • Transient Ischemic Attacks

Here , for few seconds there may be a blockage in the artery due to an embolus .

Brain Stroke

Brain Stroke

Some Common Myths about a Brain Stroke

Myth 1: Stroke is always a heart attack

Myth 2: Stroke is not usual, it is rare

Myth 3: Stroke only happens to aged people and mostly above 60 years of age

Myth 4: Strokes can strike anyone, there are no ways to reduce chances or prevent stroke

Myth 5: Strokes are not related to family history and anyone is equally susceptible to stroke

Myth 6: Symptoms of strokes are not distinct and cannot be diagnosed easily

Myth 7: There is only a type of stroke

Myth 8: for many of small stroke or stroke like condition we do not need to take medical advice and see and specialist doctor

Urgent Medical Attention Required

Strokes cause brain damage, so earlier medical attention and required treatment starts the chances of brain damage is minimum.

It is important to get to a superspeciality hospital, where the patient will be attended by specialist doctors in short time and get appropriate medical treatment. If someone is having a stroke or had a stroke it is best to call the ambulance immediately and take the person to the hospital.

Preventive Measures to Reduce Chances of a Stroke

  1. Quit smoking
  2. Avoid excess alcohol
  3. Avoid drugs and self medication
  4. Healthy weight management
  5. Proper nutritious and balanced diet
  6. Proper management of blood sugar (diabetes), blood pressure and other health conditions
  7. Manage stress
  8. Avoid anger
  9. Take proper rest and sleep 8 hours daily

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Eat Breakfast to Your Heart’s Content – Healthy and Filling Breakfast is Good for Your Heart

Healthy and Filling Breakfast is Good for Your Heart

People regularly taking healthy and filling breakfast are less prone to coronary heart diseases and also reduce chances of associated health problems that may impact heart like blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and obesity.

Skipping or not eating breakfast also makes us feel hungry at times that are not suitable for intake of food like early evenings, late nights, early noon. The food we consume at those times may not be so healthy and nutritious and more of junk packaged to eat and refrigerated food.

Breakfast is Good for Your Heart

Breakfast is Good for Your Heart

Great for Heart Food Items

We Can Include these food items in our breakfast along with other healthy food

  • Oatmeal and Low-fat Milk
  • Salmon Sandwich
  • Low Calorie Food with Olive Oil Dressing
  • Nuts –mostly walnuts, almonds
  • Berries, Apples, Tomatoes and Green Leafy Vegetables like Spinach in Salads, Soups, Boiled or Low oil Curries.
  • Soy chunks, cakes and sandwich
  • Whole Grains – Bread, Chapati or other recipes made of wheat, barley, millets, Pulses and Legumes

Try having wholesome and filling breakfast every morning and living happy and healthy.

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DEALING WITH DENGUE

Dengue or Dengi as it is known to all is the most talked about thing in the country at this point of time as it has taken the Northern and the Eastern India in its grip. Dengue cases increase by leaps and bounds around the monsoon as Aedes mosquito that spread Dengue breeds in stagnant water.

Dealing with Dengue - Quick Points

Dealing with Dengue – Quick Points

1. How does Dengue spread?

Dengue is transmitted through Aedes mosquito when it bites someone after biting an infected person.

2. In how many days the symptoms of Dengue appear?

The average time between the mosquito’s bite and appearance of symptoms of dengue ranges from approximately 3 to 6 days and may even increase to 14 days too.

3. Who are at risk?

Anyone bitten by an infected Aedes mosquito is at risk of getting dengue. The risk factors can be summed to

I. Person’s age
II. Person’s immunity
III. The type of virus infection the person is having
IV. If anyone had suffered from dengue earlier

4. What are the symptoms of Dengue?

All the following symptoms may not be visible in a dengue infected person. However, if minimum 2-3 symptoms from these are visible then dengue can be suspected.

I. Sudden high fever
II. Severe joint and body pain
III. Severe headache
IV. Fatigue
V. Nausea
VI. Pain behind the eyes
VII. Skin rashes

5. Can anyone get dengue twice?

Yes, it is possible to get dengue twice. As there are four different types of strains of dengue virus, if a person gets infected by 1 of them; there can be a repeat of dengue if a different strain is subsequently involved.

6. Is dengue contagious?

No, dengue is not contagious. It can only spread through the bite of infected Aedes mosquito.

7. When should a patient suffering from dengue consult a doctor?

Dengue requires special care and vigilance. The time period that requires more care and vigilance are

I. Severe abdominal pain
II. Persistent vomiting
III. Skin bleeding (small red or purplish spots)
IV. Nasal bleeding
V. Passing black stool like coal tar

8. Where does Aedes mosquito breed?

Aedes mosquito breeds in clean uncovered stagnant water preferably in barrels, buckets, drums, flower vases, water tanks, discarded tyres, bottles and water coolers.

9. How can dengue be prevented?

The host of dengue i.e. the Aedes mosquito bites during the day, mostly 2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset. The common preventive measures are

I. Wear full sleeve clothes
II. *Use mosquito repellants
III. Use mosquito nets
IV. Change the water content at your place frequently
V. Cover the water containers
VI. Keep your surroundings clean

Incase heath condition deteriorates do consult a doctor in a multispecialty hospital with all required dengue testing and other superspecialty diagnostic test facilities. In any case avoid self medication and only take prescription drugs.

*If Allergic to repellents consult an expert

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Ejection Fraction- One of the parameters to know healthy heart

The fact you could only decipher while going through the few illegible lines written on your prescription that you have (LVEF). In everyday life non-medical persons are not well aware of this term LVEF.

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Do you know what LVEF is? Did your physician explain this term to you? In case you are not explained …

LVEF is Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction. Ejection fraction is a measurement that is done for determining that how well your heart pumps with each beat. During each cycle of heart beat the heart contracts and relaxes.  When the heart contracts it ejects an amount of blood from the 2 ventricles, when the heart relaxes the ventricles are filled with blood again. During contraction the total amount of blood is not transferred from the ventricles. Ejection Fraction is used to measure the percentage of blood pumped out during each heat beat.

As the left ventricle is the main pumping chamber therefore Ejection Fraction is only measured in Left Ventricle and that is how it is denoted at LVEF or Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction

Normal LVEF = 55% and above

Reduced LVEF = 50% and below

Ejection Fraction Measurement What does it Mean
55-70% Normal
40-55% Below Normal
Less than 40% May confirm diagnosis of heart failure
<35% Patient may be at risk of life-threatening irregular heartbeats

Reasons of decreased LVEF

  1. Weak heart muscles
  2. A damaged heart due to Heart Attack
  3. Problems in the valves of the heart
  4. Chronic uncontrolled blood pressure

How is Ejection Fraction measured?

Ejection Fraction can be measured through 4 different ways

  1. ECG – Echocardiography
  2. Angiogram
  3. MRI
  4. CT Scan of the heart

But an important fact is that, Ejection Fraction is just one parameter to measure the functioning of heart. People having normal Ejection Fraction can have a heart ailment. Consult your physician in case of any heart ailment.

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