Obesity interlinked with irregular heart rhythm in both genders

Both men and women who are overweight or obese may be more likely to develop an irregular heart rhythm condition known as atrial fibrillation (A-fib) than their counterparts who maintain a healthy weight, a recent study finds

Obesity interlinked with irregular heart rhythm in both gendersIn atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart, or atria, quiver instead of beating to move blood effectively. While the condition has long been linked to obesity, the current study offers fresh evidence of how gender may impact the risk of atrial fibrillation associated with excess weight. Extremely obese men, for example, were more […]

Exercise can reverse heart disease risk in middle-aged adults

To reap the most benefit, the exercise regimen should begin by late middle age (before age 65), when the heart apparently retains some plasticity and ability to remodel itself

Exercise can reverse heart disease risk in middle-aged adultsThe new year is a time when many plan to shape up after the excesses of the festive period. Now there is good news for those who fear it might be too late in life to improve their fitness. People into late middle age can reverse or reduce the risk of heart failure caused by […]

Organ donation: ‘Centre has developed standard curriculum’, JP Nadda

Organ donation is the need of the hour. Union health minister JP Nadda tweeted, “Our government is implementing National Organ Transplant Programme for promotion of organ donation from deceased persons in order to increase the availability of organs for transplant to save lives"

Organ donation: ‘Centre has developed standard curriculum’, JP NaddaThere are millions in this country who need an organ for survival. If they get an organ, they can get a new life. Each year, hundreds of people die while waiting for an organ transplant. There is a shortage of organs, and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people […]

Failure of fertility treatments like IVF may harm women’s heart health

Compared with women who gave birth following fertility therapy, women who did not become pregnant after fertility treatment were found to have a 19 percent greater risk of cardiovascular events, particularly stroke and heart failure

Failure of fertility treatments like IVF may harm women’s heart healthResearchers found that women who did not become pregnant after undergoing gonadotropin-based fertility therapy – treatment often used in preparation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies – were at greater risk of heart failure and stroke than those whose fertility therapy was successful. The research team – led by Dr. Jacob […]

Teen mother at a higher risk of heart disease, suggests new study

Women who participated in the study came from five very different study sites. Researchers observed a relatively consistent association in which early childbearing was associated with greater cardiovascular disease risk across these study sites, which supports the validity of the results 

Teen mother at a higher risk of heart disease, suggests new studyThe new study was led by Catherine Pirkle, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. The first author of the paper is Nicole Rosendaal. Prof. Pirkle and her team examined the data available on 1,047 women from the 2012 International Mobility in […]

Journey of Mumbai’s first paediatric heart transplant recipient

Sweden D’souza was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in 2015, received a heart from a 20-year-old donor from Indore in Jan 2016. Today, she leads a normal life. Speaking to My Medical Mantra, her father talks about the importance of organ donation and Sweden’s journey till now. Also, last year, she successfully passed her HSC exams securing a first class!

Journey of Mumbai’s first paediatric heart transplant recipientAbout two years ago, in 2015 Vikhroli’s resident Anthony D’Souza and his wife were shocked when they learnt that their beloved daughter Sweden, aged 17 at the time, was diagnosed with end stage heart disease. All they knew then was that she ardently needed a heart transplant. It was on January 2, 2016, that the […]

‘If not for the timely donation, this birthday wouldn’t have been possible’

On her first birthday after the heart transplant, Aaradhya’s father Yogesh Mule thanked her donor for giving her a new lease of life. Organ donation not only gifts a life to the recipient; it saves a parent from the pain of losing a child, it prevents a child from growing up without a parent. It adds years of happiness to couples whose time together would otherwise have been cruelly cut short. It is the ultimate gift of love

‘If not for the timely donation, this birthday wouldn’t have been possible’There are millions of people in this country who need an organ for survival. If they get an organ, they can get a new life. Each year, hundreds of people die while waiting for an organ transplant. There is a shortage of organs, and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number […]

Mumbai: SSC student dies of heart attack

SSC exams have commenced from today across the state. Before the exams, an unfortunate incident has shook Mumbai. Yes! You have heard it right, a student passed away before appearing for his exams. KEM hospital doctors suspect that he died of a heart attack

Mumbai: SSC student dies of heart attackRutvik Ghadsi, studying in 10th standard of Shishu Vihar School, Dadar, Mumbai, studied and slept on Wednesday night. He didn’t wake up in the morning. When the family tried to wake him up he didn’t respond. Owing to which, he was rushed to the KEM Hospital where he was brought dead. The doctors declared him […]

Congenital heart diseases: S L Raheja Hospital trains aanganwadi sevikas

Congenital Heart Diseases (CHD) impacts over 8 in every 1000 new-born children in India, the Paediatric Cardiac team at SL Raheja with an aim to effectively identify, screen and provide corrective treatment to these children, in conjunction with socially responsible stakeholders initiated a program on Saturday

Congenital heart diseases: S L Raheja Hospital trains aanganwadi sevikasIn its first leg, over 300 Aanganwadi Sevikas from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation-G North Ward were engaged with over the past two days, through sessions on Congenital Heart Disease – its prevalence, identifying symptoms and ‘call for action’ steps to be taken. They were tutored to identify children with; Difficult or unusually fast breathing Bluish […]

Knowing the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest

Two terms with different meanings and how important it is to know what they mean

Knowing the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrestHeart Attack  It occurs when blood flow to heart is blocked A blocked artery prevents oxygen rich blood from reaching a section of the heart Symptoms may be immediate.  It may include intense discomfort in the chest, shortness of breath, cold sweats and vomiting. It occurs, when blood flow to a section of the heart is […]