Pump up: 5 healthy heart tips

Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other unhealthy habits can take their toll over the years. Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant cardiologist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, gives 5 simple steps to look after your heart

Pump up: 5 healthy heart tipsIndia has rapidly become the capital of metabolic diseases over the globe.This term encompasses a combination of ‘high’ – body weight, blood pressure, blood sugars and blood cholesterol, a disease of excess. These metabolic diseases lead to heart diseases like heart attacks, heart failure and fluctuations in heart rate (arrhythmia), said Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant […]

Five simple things women can do to take better care of their heart

Heart disease in this country remains "understudied, underdiagnosed and undertreated in women" according to the American Heart Association's latest scientific statement. Women of colour are particularly vulnerable. The good news is, there is a lot you can do to avoid becoming a sad statistic

Five simple things women can do to take better care of their heartHeart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans. It’s especially of concern for women, because their symptoms can be different from men’s, according to the American Heart Association. For the first time, the American Heart Association released on Monday a statement specifically looking at the known science of women’s heart attacks. Get some […]

What should be done in the golden hour after heart attack?

Doctors explain the importance of getting treatment in the ‘Golden hour’ (first hour) after suffering from severe heart attack. They also guide us as to what needs to be done, chat care should be taken, and why some general symptoms should not be neglected

What should be done in the golden hour after heart attack?A 57-year-old south Mumbai resident Sundar Chaturvedi (name changed) started feeling breathlessness at 2 am early in the morning. Without wasting time, the family immediately called up the hospital and in night clothes, Chaturvedi was hospitalised in Jaslok Hospital. On diagnosing, it became clear that Chaturvedi had the suffered a severe heart attack. He was immediately put […]

Regular walking may increase longevity

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, or 75 minutes of intense physical activity, each week to reap "substantial" health benefits

Regular walking may increase longevityA new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that even a little walking can significantly reduce mortality risk, compared with inactivity. Some of these benefits include a reduced risk of premature death, cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease and stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis. Mental health is also believed to benefit from a more active lifestyle, as exercise improves […]

Even one drink a day can lower your life expectancy

Even light drinkers who enjoy a single beer or glass of wine every night may still be more likely to die prematurely than people who drink less, according to a recent study

Even one drink a day can lower your life expectancyCompared to people who drink less than 100 grams of pure alcohol a week – roughly the equivalent of five to six glasses of wine or beer – those who consume 100 grams to 200 grams of alcohol weekly have an estimated life expectancy at age 40 that’s about six months shorter, the study found. […]

Living alone has an impact on your overall health, suggest Danish study

Men who lived alone had a 23 per cent increased risk for dying prematurely from any cause and a 36 per cent increased risk for cardiovascular death

Living alone has an impact on your overall health, suggest Danish studyDanish researchers began studying 3,346 men, average age 63, in 1985, tracking their health for 32 years. Over the period, 89 percent of the men died, 39 percent from cardiovascular diseases. The analysis, in European Heart Journal Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes, controlled for a variety of health and behavioural characteristics, including body mass […]

Climb stairs frequently, for few minutes a day, can help improve heart health

Scientists have found that climbing stairs for just a few minutes at short intervals throughout the day can significantly improve heart health. The research, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, suggests that virtually anyone can improve their fitness, anywhere, any time

Climb stairs frequently, for few minutes a day, can help improve heart healthA few minutes of stairs climbing, at short intervals throughout the day, can improve cardiovascular health. These are the findings of a new research from kinesiologists at McMaster University and UBC Okanagan. The findings, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, suggest that virtually anyone can improve their fitness, anywhere, any time. “The […]

Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study reveals

A new study is raising the question of whether certain cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes drugs could help manage mental illnesses like schizophrenia

Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study revealsThe findings come from a study of over 142,000 Swedish patients with serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The researchers found that those patients typically fared better during periods when they were taking certain medications to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes Compared with periods when they were not on those […]

Awareness for eye and hand protection among radiologist needs to be increased

Over the years there has been a steady increase in the number of Image Guided Procedures being performed all across the world and with it the quantum of radiation exposure medical professionals are being subjected to

Awareness for eye and hand protection among radiologist needs to be increasedAs a case in point, there has been an alarming increase in the global epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases; India has 32 million people suffering from heart disease. As a result, Cath Labs in hospitals are witnessing an exponential increase in the number of angiography and angioplasty procedures carried out in a day. The more the […]

Dietary fibre and gut bacteria protect the cardiovascular system, reveals study

Beneficial gut microbes can produce metabolites from dietary fibre, including a fatty acid called propionate. This substance protects against the harmful consequences of high blood pressure

Dietary fibre and gut bacteria protect the cardiovascular system, reveals studyThe fatty acid propionate helps defend against the effects of high blood pressure, including atherosclerosis and heart tissue remodelling, a study on mice has found. Gut bacteria produce the substance, which calms the immune cells that drive up blood pressure, from natural dietary fibre. “You are what you eat,” as the proverb goes. But to […]
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