Microsoft word - chat with dr. devi shetty, narayana hrudayalaya on heartatacks.doc
Chat with Dr. Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya
(Heart Specialist) Bangalore
Published by Welfare Unit
Source : Mr. Sanjay Kapoor / Anil Kumar Mittal, Delhi State Centre)
What are the thumb rules for a 1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil layman to take care of his
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
good for the heart? It's still a grave shock to hear
This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend
everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health
How do we understand it in perspective? Are heart diseases hereditary? Yes
Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for
practices do you suggest to de-stress? Is walking better than jogging Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to or is more intensive exercise
required to keep a healthy heart? You have done so much for
the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so? Can people with low blood
pressure suffer heart diseases? Does cholesterol accumulates Cholesterol accumulates from childhood. 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? How do irregular eating habits You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular affect the heart?
and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets
How can I control cholesterol Control diet, walk and eat walnut. content without using medicines? Can yoga prevent heart
Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.
food for the heart? Which oil is better -
groundnut, sunflower, olive? What is the routine checkup
Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok.
there any specific test? What are the first aid steps to
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 hour.
between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble? What is the main cause of a
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
about 30-40 yrs of age having Americans. heart attacks and serious heart problems. Is it possible for a person to
have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy? Marriages within close
Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and
you may not have a software engineer as a child
problems for the child. Is it true? Many of us have an irregular
When you are young, nature protects you against all
these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect
nights in office. Does this affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend? Will taking anti-hypertensive
Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However,
modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.
coffee/tea lead to heart attacks? Are asthma patients more
prone to heart disease? How would you define junk
Fried food like Kentucky, McDonalds, samosas, and
Every race is vulnerable to some disease and
unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most
vulnerable. What is the reason expensive disease. for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food? Does consuming bananas help No. reduce hypertension? Can a person help himself
Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of
during a heart attack (Because any description under the tongue and ask someone to we see a lot of forwarded
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.
No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to
hemoglobin count lead to heart problems? Sometimes, due to the hectic
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.
home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise? Is there a relation between
Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more
vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.
sugar? What are the things one needs Diet, exercise, drugs on time, Control cholesterol, BP, to take care of after a heart
shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day
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.
headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks? Why is the rate of heart
Nature protects women till the age of 45.
attacks more in men than in women? How can one keep the heart in Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, a good condition?
do not smoke and, go for health checkup s if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended) .
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