Friday, February 17, 2012


Q: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?
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
Q: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?
Ans: No

Q: 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.

Q: Are heart diseases hereditary?
Ans: Yes

Q: 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.

Q: 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

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

Q: 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.
Q: 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.

Q: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?
Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Q: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?
Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.
Q: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?
Ans: *All oils are bad *.

Q: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific
Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP,
Treadmill test after an echo.

Q: 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

Q: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that
caused due to gastric trouble?
Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Q: 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, sedentary
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.

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

Q: 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

Q: 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.*

Q: 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.

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

Q: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?
Ans : No.

Q: How would you define junk food?
Ans : *Fried food *like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala

Q: 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.

Q: Does consuming *bananas *help reduce hypertension?
Ans : No.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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 cho lesterol, BP, weight.

Q: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when
compared to day shift workers?
Ans : No.

Q: 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.

Q: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart
Ans : No.

Q: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?
Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45. (Present Global census show
that the Percentage of heart disease in women has increased than in men )

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) ....

Saturday, February 11, 2012


A new revolution through biotechnology in the form of Bionic eye for blind people is about to come into existence shortly. Researchers feel that the bionic eyes for the blind will be ready for human trials by 2013. This bionic eye implant will help people who have lost their sight through traumatic injury or tumors or with diseases affecting eyes like glaucoma and retinal disorders. The implant is based on a small chip that is surgically implanted behind the retina, at the back of the eyeball. An ultra-thin wire strengthens the damaged optic nerve which servers to transmit light and images to the brain's vision system, where it is normally processed. According to the scientists, these implants do not require a functioning eyeball or optic nerve or visual pathways from eye to brain. The device can also be tuned for use in different environments, both indoors and outdoors. The users may have to wear special eye glasses containing a tiny battery-powered camera and a transmitter, which would send images to the chip implanted behind the retina. The device is both water-proof and corrosion-proof and is expected to will last for at least 10 years inside the eye. Although the device will not be able to restore the eye sight of the entire blind community, I feel many people will be benefited from the technology. Always it will be a nice feeling when technology helps for the better survival of human.