5 ways to lower your cholesterol

Lowering cholesterol is one of the most imperative things to do to promote overall heart health. And now Metamucil and Dr. Michael Roizen, Chairman of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic and host of the upcoming PBS series, “Younger You,” have suggested five things you need to do to lower your cholesterol.

Take Psyllium

The first, and one of the simplest tips, is to get more fiber in your diet – but not just any kind, because not all fibers work the same way. Viscous soluble fiber like psyllium fiber, the natural dietary fiber found in Metamucil, is proven to help lower total and “lousy” LDL cholesterol because it forms a thick gel that traps and helps remove some cholesterol, bile acids and waste in the gut. This is why I recommend my patients supplement low fat, low cholesterol diets with 7 grams of soluble fiber from psyllium daily, as in Metamucil.

Wear a Pedometer and Increase Daily Activity

You’d be amazed to see how many extra steps you can take in one day — grab a pedometer and watch the numbers roll as you make simple changes for your health and take the stairs, walk to work, or stroll around the neighborhood to increase your physical activity for better heart health. Tracking your progress throughout the day can be great inspiration to keep going, and walking is a simple and easy type of exercise to help lower cholesterol!

Get an Exercise Buddy

A healthy lifestyle requires motivation, encouragement and a friend to lean on. Grab an exercise buddy and support each other in the challenge to lower your cholesterol. Take long walks together and encourage each other to try new types of physical activity to get the heart pumping and to keep cholesterol levels down! Enjoy each other’s company and laugh – reduced levels of stress will help your heart too!

Beware of Hidden Fats and Sugars

Be an informed eater; get to know your ingredients and read the nutrition labels thoroughly. Hidden sugars and unhealthy ingredients can increase your weight, which can lead to high cholesterol. Stay away from foods that contain high levels of saturated fat, cholesterol and hidden sources of sugar such as high fructose corn syrup, some dextrins, or evaporated cane juice.

Add DHA

DHA is short for docosahexaenoic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid. Regular intake of DHA can aid in proper heart function and help lower levels of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), or the “lousy” cholesterol3, and raise levels of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), or the “healthy” cholesterol. Popular sources of DHA are salmon, sardines, tuna – but if you aren’t a seafood fan, try fish oil supplements, or if you don’t like fishy taste, et them from vegetarian supplements made from algal DHA.

News Source: ANI

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Beware of wrong e-Mail ID!

A man checked into a hotel. There was a computer in his room. So he decided to send an e-mail to his wife. However, he accidentally typed a wrong e-mail address, and without realizing his error, he sent the e-mail.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston ,a widow had just returned from her husband’s funeral. The widow decided to check her e-mail, expecting condolence messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she fainted.

The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife

Subject: I’ve Reached

Date: 16th November 2009

I know you’re surprised to hear from me.

They gave computers here, and we are allowed to send e-mails to loved ones.

I’ve just reached and have been checked in.. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow.

Looking forward to seeing you TOMORROW !

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Melt that fat with yoga

Yoga offers a safe alternative to busting those not-so-cute dimples. Yoga experts suggest Asanas to melt those fat pockets…

Ushtra Asana
Kneel down with your heels facing the ceiling, toes turned outward and arms hanging loosely by the sides. Breathe in. Raise arms gently to shoulder level, then higher, and finally backwards such that your palms touch the heel of the corresponding foot. Stretch your neck letting your head fall backwards. You will feel the stretch in your spine. Gently push the pelvic region forward, improving upon the curve of the spine. Breathe normally. Breathe in and return to the starting position. Repeat two to three times. Each time try to hold the stretch as long as you comfortably can.
Why it works
This asana stretches your entire upper body — the neck, chest and stomach. These places house the lymph glands such as the thymus, tonsils and the spleen. They are primarily responsible for filtering out bacteria and other waste from the blood. Inefficient lymph glands lead to inefficient drainage and collection of fat. Ushtra Asana mobilises the lymph glands, hence preventing cellulite. The increased blood circulation and faster cell rejuvenation within these regions helps bust existing cellulite, slowly but surely.

Virya-stambhan Asana
Stand with feet spread wide apart, toes pointing straight ahead. Turn the right leg at a 90 degree angle. Then bend the right knee. Hold your right wrist with your left hand behind your back, bend to your right and gently attempt to touch your big toe with the tip of your nose. However ensure that as you bend, your right knee or right thigh doesn’t come in way of your right shoulder. Hold this position for up to 30 seconds. Inhale and slowly return to the start. Repeat the exercise with your left leg. Repeat the asana two to three times.
Why it works
This asana really stretches the inside of your thighs. Rising back from the bend strengthens the thighs, exercising them is similar to working with weights in a gym. This helps burn fats in the thighs. It also exercises the lymph nodes present in the groin area and improves the blood circulation in lower region, thereby busting cellulite pockets.

Purna Shalbh Asana
Lie on your stomach. Make a fist. Position it under your thigh, elbows straight. Breathe in. With the support of your folded fists, lift up both legs without bending them at the knees. Tighten the back of thighs and buttocks, holding on to the final pose for as long as possible. Relax the tightened thighs and buttocks. Breathe in. Now, holding your breath, gradually lower the legs to the ground. As your legs touch the ground, release your breath and breathe normal. Repeat two to three times, each time trying to hold on to the final pose for as long as possible.
Why it works
Lifting the legs and trying to hold them for a long time requires strength. As you try harder, the fuel required to get that energy is generated by burning up the fat in thighs and buttocks.

Paschimottan Asana
Sit down with your legs outstretched in the front, touching each other, your arms to your sides. Keep your spine erect and raise both your hands above your head, while the inside of your arms touch your ears. Exhale and pull the stomach in and bend forward, stretching your hands towards your toes. Now try to hold your toes with your fingers and subsequently with practice, try to touch your forehead to your knees. Hold this final pose for as long as possible, after which you inhale and gradually come back to the starting position.
Why it works
As your body bends forward, your entire back area (considered your west side in yoga) is stretched. The bending movement affects every part from the heel’s tip to the neck (inclusive of the hamstring muscles, buttocks, waist, back and the medulla oblongata).
This extreme stretch works the major muscles of the back, along with the skin. The stretch causes better blood circulation within the region and prevents build up of fat. The skin too is stretched leading to better elasticity and over time can aid in reducing the dimpled look that cellulite is characterised by.

Courtesy: Kiran Mehta. The Times of India. 22 Oct 2010.

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Top 10 reasons why employees hate their boss

Bosses! Can’t work with them, can’t work without them. Everything seems to be fine when you join the job but if you are one of those fortunate ones, sooner or later your boss starts smirking in your nightmares. A chat with employees working under tough projects and small teams who usually face tremendous work pressure will give us interesting insights about the bad bosses they have. Even in a company sans work pressure employees regularly bump into bad bosses. And their experiences are real bad [pardon me of your boss is really good] which they only share once they are in a new job. Good bosses are hard to find and employees hate their bad bosses for very many reasons.

Listing the Top 10 reasons below:

Incompetent and unacknowledging – Employees hate bosses who doesn’t have the essential competitive skills but still scorns the work they do. Whether or not the boss is competitive, the employee really longs for his good work to be acknowledged and not to be treated as a ‘piece of crap’.
Privacy Invasion – ‘He always keep guard about what I do, constantly checks out on the office phone about what I am busy at (an indirect way to know whether I am on a call with any acquaintance) and one day even peeped through the door to see what I am doing. Now I even doubt whether he is watching me once I reach home’ says Anamika (name changed to protect identity). Now that’s a real bad boss.
The narcissist boss – Employees hate bosses who acts as the ‘know it all’, who thinks they are second to none, hears nothing until it directly benefits him and so self obsessed to be called in the informal way ‘a narcissist glory monger’.
Personal Insults – Bosses who torture employees with personal insults rather than choosing to reproach on the basis of their work quickly gets in the hate list. Many employees have long stories to say about bosses who frequently torture them with comments about their attitude and discriminate them deliberately.
The angry ‘yelling’ boss – You are the boss, thumbs up. But how on earth could you yell at me like that. Employees at some point or other meet the unfortunate fate of being victim to their boss’ wrath. Justifiable the reason may be, but you are in my hate list boss.
The ‘opportunist’ boss – Employees obviously develops a dislike to their boss who refuses to mind them. But one day the same boss who never acknowledged your presence comes to you, smiles at you and the next thing you know, you are on an extra shift with heavy workload. Dislikes turn to hate for such opportunist bosses.
The ‘tensed’ boss – Employees tend to hate bosses who are always tensed and want them to finish of the work in a hurry. "He is so tensed and rushes things as if his head is on fire. His tension is so contagious that even we get tensed in his presence" Rahul, a software employee.
Stealing credits – Employees feel cheated and hate their boss when he or she steals the credit of their work but never forgets to blame them if something goes wrong.
Lack of clarity and feedback – Employees hate bosses who don’t brief them properly and keep the employees ignorant with any real feedback on their work. And worse, employees are blamed for something which in turn would be the result of void feedback.
Lack of rapport – Employees hate bosses who lacks mutual respect and always play bossy without any real interest in befriending the employees.

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Top 20 critically polluted places in India

 

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in conjunction with IIT-Delhi recently surveyed 88 industrial clusters around the country, and found 43 "critically polluted" (score above 70 on a 100 point scale) while 32 were "severely polluted" (score 60-70). Here is the list of TOP 20 places from this infamous record.

ANKLESHWAR

Pollution score: 88.5/ 100

Ankleshwar in the Bharuch district of Gujarat takes the top spot in the ‘critically polluted places’ with a score of 88.5. Ankleshwar is known for its industrial township called GIDC (Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation), which is one of the biggest in Asia. Ankleshwar also has an office of the ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited). Today, Ankleshwar has over 5000 big and small chemical plants. These chemical plants produce products such as pesticides, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, and paint.

VAPI

Pollution score: 88.09/ 100

Located in the in Valsad district of Gujarat, for Vapi, the cost of growth has been severe: levels of mercury in the city’s groundwater are reportedly 96 times higher than WHO safety levels, and heavy metals are present in the air and the local produce. The industrial township of Vapi holds its place of importance on the "industrial" map and it is the largest industrial area in Asia in terms of small-scale industries, dominated by chemical industry plants, along with their unfortunate hazards. Vapi has also been listed in the Top 10 most polluted places in the world by the US-based Blacksmith Institute.

GHAZIABAD

Pollution score: 87.37/ 100

The industrial city of Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, has industries that manufacture railway coaches, diesel engines, bicycles, tapestries, glassware, pottery, paint and varnish, heavy chains, etc. Also It has ordinance factory (Muradnagar) & Bharat electronics ltd. for manufacturing defense products.

 

CHANDRAPUR

Pollution score: 83.88/ 100

Chandrapur in Maharashtra is very rich in mineral wealth such as iron ore, limestone and coal and this boon has been its bane. Many cement factories are located in this region. Due to large number of coal mines present around the city, the city is also known as City of Black Gold. The mammoth coal mines in an around the city also contribute to the heavy industrialization of the city.

KORBA

Pollution score: 83/ 100

This city in Chattisgarh, is the Power Capital of Central India with the NTPC’s Super Thermal Power Plant in Korba is working at 90% Plant Load Factor. There are huge coal reserves in the vicinity, offering cheap pithead power generation opportunities and there is enough water from the State’s largest reservoir of Hasdeo Bango. 84% of India’s coal is in Chhattisgarh and two other States. Korba is also the site of an aluminium facility operated by Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO).

BHIWADI

Pollution score: 82.91/ 100

Located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, Bhiwadi has around 1,000 tiny, small, medium, large, industries and including MNC industrial units manufacturing various types of products. They include all types of industries like steel, furnace, electronics, engineering, textiles, pharmaceuticals, printing, cables, rolling mills, food processing, herbal care etc.

 

ANGUL TALCHER

Pollution score: 82.09/ 100

Angul district is located in the center of the state of Orissa. Even though Angul district is blessed with rich natural resources, it is the hottest district in India where maximum temperature goes up to 50 C during summer. Many blame the Orissa government for destroying the natural greens of the district. And yet the industrialization of the district has not stopped in spite of the public anger for destroying jungles. The state government in its way to setup more and more mines, plants in the district.

VELLORE

Pollution score: 81.79/ 100

This city in Tamil Nadu is considered to be one of the oldest surviving cities in South India. The city, along with its nearby industrial towns has witnessed a consistent industrial growth, followed by the implementation of South Asia’s second railway track between Chennai, Royapuram and Walajah. The Golden Quadrilateral road; has significantly improved the region’s industrial activities. This city is a hub for leather industries, chemical industries as well as automobile and mechanical industries.

SINGRAULI

Pollution score: 81.73/ 100

Singrauli in Uttar Pradesh is fast emerging as an energy hub of India, especially for electric power and coal. The total installed capacity of all power plants at Singaruli is around ten percent of total installed capacity of India (as of 10 November 2006).

 

LUDHIANA

Pollution score: 81.66/ 100

This city in Punjab is also known as the ‘Manchester of India’ because it is the industrial hub of Punjab, Ludhiana has been reputed to be the most polluted city on Punjab. It is home to 8 large integrated knitwear factories, roughly 6,000 small to medium sized knitwear factories, 10 big hosiery yarn mills and 150 small- to medium-sized worsted and woollen yarns mills, factories of bicycles like Hero Cycles, Avon Cycles, and a number of machine tools, sewing machines, generators, diesel engines, tyres & tubes factories. Industry is the main cause of water and air pollution in the city. Now a sewage treatment plant is being set up at Ludhiana to control pollution of surface water under the Satluj Action Plan.

NAJAFGARH DRAIN BASIN

Pollution score: 79.54/ 100

Najafgarh drain basin in East Delhi (including Anand Parvat, Naraina, Okhala and Wazirpur which are industrial hubs) is in the eleventh place in the over all list. Najafgarh drain basin is also the biggest polluter to Yamuna.

 

NOIDA

Pollution score: 78.90/ 100

This suburb of Delhi is a major hub for automobile ancillary units, with companies like Escorts, Honda-SIEL and New Holland Tractors operating from the city’s SEZ.

 

DHANBAD

Pollution score: 78.63/ 100

Located in Jharkhand, Dhanbad is also known as the ‘Coal Capital of India’ and is 79th amoung the fastest growing cities of the world. Dhanbad is famous for its coal mines and industrial establishments; it has 112 coal mines with a total produce of 27.5 million tonnes. Many sponge iron factories and ceramic factories are located in the Dhanbad district.

 

DOMBIVLI

Pollution score: 78.41/ 100

Dombivli as the 14th most polluted city in the country and second in the state of Maharashtra. Dombivli is an industrial township in Thane district of Maharashtra. Any taxi driver can point it out to you from a distance. This small town with a big industrial estate, comprising some 50 chemicals units manufacturing dye intermediaries, is perpetually engulfed in smog. For the 100,000 residents, life is worse than hell. "The factories emit gases at night. They discharge effluents openly into the drain passing through our colony. Any complaint against them will only mean that we lose our jobs," laments Saroj Panicker, a resident of Dombivli, whose father works in a chemicals factory.

KANPUR

Pollution score: 78.09/ 100

The nineth most populous city in India, Kanpur is located on the banks of the river Ganga and is an important industrial centre. The city is famous for its leather products and cotton wears. Unfortunately, because of the heavy industrialization, Kanpur is also famous for its pollution. Kanpur went into decline after the 1960s; many industries shut down or left the city, and those that remained — like the tanneries — acquired a bad reputation because they were so polluting.

CUDDALORE

Pollution score: 77.45/ 100

Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu has a large number of industries incluing one industrial pocket -SIPCOT – which has secured it a place in the dubious club of global toxic hotspots owing to the area’s high levels of pollution. A report for the Tamil Nadu Pollution Board by the Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute found that residents of the SIPCOT area of Cuddalore were at least 2000 times more likely to contract cancer in their lifetimes due to their exposure to high levels of toxic gases from chemical industries in the region.

AURANGABAD

Pollution score: 77.44/ 100

This city in Maharashtra is surrounded with many historical monuments, including the Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many renowned Indian and MNCs have established themselves in the Industrial Estates of Aurangabad including Videocon, Skoda Auto, Wockhardt, Siemens, Bajaj Auto, Goodyear etc. Many firms have their manufacturing bases in Aurangabad, in the sectors of automotive and auto components, pharmaceuticals and breweries, consumer durables, plastic processing, aluminium processing, agriculture and biotech.

FARIDABAD

Pollution score: 77.07/ 100

Faridabad’s residential and industrial areas are in the grip of severe air pollution. The air in the Delhi suburb is full of deadly elements like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide along with dust particles. It is a major industrial city home to many units manufacturing tractors, motorcycles, switch gears, refrigerators, shoes and tyres. Numerous brick kilns located around Faridabad have emerged as one of the greatest air pollutants and use rubber tyres and other high polluting materials to bake mud bricks. The result of the large scale environmental pollution is that public health has taken a severe beating. In many parts of Faridabad people suffer from diseases like asthma, cancer, skin problems etc.

AGRA

Pollution score: 76.48/ 100

The city of the Taj, has expanded rapidly without much planning, leading to residential and business areas that lack civic amenities. Diesel generators, diesel vehicles and numerous tanneries add to high levels of air pollution. As it flows into Agra, the river Yamuna is hugely contaminated — because 80 percent of the city’s sewage flows into it. Choked drains and piled up garbage are common sights.

 

 

Source: India Syndicate, IANS

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Sequel to Ayodhya verdict… Too Good!!!

Good to know that RAM at least has got some land now. Because, SITA has been running a travel agency, with MARUTI making cars, LAXMAN might be planning retirement after the series against Australia, SHATRUGHAN busy shaping his daughter’s career; while BHARAT has started a petroleum shop, RAAVAN is a commercial flop and there is peace in Lanka!…

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Top 10 excuses why techies don’t give projects on time

When engineering projects are not delivered on time, whom do we blame for that?

Clients are known to be the most stubborn people on earth to get their job done. All they understand is that they pay for the service and find no reason for not being demanding. Some engineers do face genuine issues but some try to take advantage of the genuine situations and it would be hard to believe that such a situation might not have been faced by the engineers.

No matter, whatever changes are incorporated in the IT sector to make it more lean and adaptive, the delivery of projects would be delayed at some point of time and the techies know how to get away with it.

With India being one of the fastest growing markets in IT and ITeS space, SiliconIndia conducted a small survey to see what are the excuses which techies in India normally bet upon. And here are the top 10 reasons that make them hunt for more time to get their projects done.

Requirement Slippage: "What can I do, if the client does not stick to his requirements?" Any techie you come across must have either made this excuse or must have come across it. Many times, when the team members in a particular project are about to complete the project keeping the client requirements in mind, they are insisted to either make certain changes in the project or bring in some addition to it. Requirement slippage is a genuine problem faced by team members in a project but many times it becomes the easiest excuse for any techie if the project is delayed. This excuse is often validated by the organization and the team members can easily prove themselves impeccable.

Wrong Project estimation: Project estimation is usually given by a module leader who is not deeply associated with the project. He or she is the one who builds relationship between the client and the project team and integrates the module’s findings into the broader project work. Usually when the project demands some more time to be delivered, the team members crib about the project not being estimated in an appropriate manner. At times, the requirement is underestimated, the time frame is not fixed in sync with the project and the entire project is not compatible with the engineers working on the project. This excuse has a broader dimension as any one part of the project estimation could become a reason for extending the time for project delivery.

Work Overload: Attrition is no big news in the IT industry. The software professionals deal with immense pressure in coding their programmes correctly. In such a case, when one team member resigns, the existing team members are overloaded with the pending work of the ex-employee. And in such a case, the priorities of the project team members change and this becomes another excuse for team members.

Infrastructural issues: Well if nothing works out, then this is the excuse which everyone resorts to. Blame it on the company’s infrastructure. Indian IT infrastructure usually lacks with effective resources like availability of power and high bandwidth. So probably one could understand the frustration caused due to a technical snag. Each time there is an infrastructural slowdown, the efficiency of employees comes down.

Information does not get passed on, lack of understanding of processes: Communication of the project details seems to be another area for making an excuse. If the project is not delivered on time, the problem could be directed to the organizational processes. The discrepancy in understanding of a project requirement is one point which the techies pick on to make an excuse.

Health issues: This is the most common excuse which prevails in every sector. This is one area, where the employees can’t be questioned further. It has been widely seen that many IT professionals take sick leaves on Mondays because they are reluctant to work on Mondays after a relaxed weekend.

Unplanned Holidays: Take the recent verdict on Ayodhya. The fear of the consequences of the judgement led all the IT companies work for only half a day. Most of the holidays are granted to the IT professionals due to bandhs at both national and state level. The major development to the project comes to a halt when an organisation remains closed for a day or half. And this is often a valid reason for the failure of delivery of project on time.

Lack of proper skill set in a team: The experienced team members often accountable to higher authorities blame it on the unavailability of skilled engineers in the project. The hiring of additional developers late in the software development cycle, after not meeting some deadline, is often the factor in delayed contributions from the newcomers as they take time to familiarise themselves with the project. This contributes to a great deal of time lost in coordinating their joining the group.

Poor planning or management: the role of project manager is not only to give the final word to the team members and to arrive at a particular timeline for the project. If the person taking on the role of project manager has poor planning and managerial skills, the team members could point this as a reason for the project fall over.

Quality control and documentation: The major problem of a late running project. Many engineers try to find an excuse for the sake of quality assurance. It is easy to get away with this excuse as the client is also willing to compromise with the deadline for the sake of quality.

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In a candid chatroom: Dr. Devi Shetty, Heart Specialist, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore

A chat with Dr. Devi Shetty, Heart Specialist, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees. The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone…

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

Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?
No.

It’s still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?
This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Are heart diseases hereditary?
Yes.

What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?
Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?
Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints.

You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?
Mother Theresa, who was my patient.

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

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?
Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?
You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body’s enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

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

Can yoga prevent heart ailments?
Yoga helps.

Which is the best and worst food for the heart?
Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.

Which oil is better – groundnut, sunflower, olive?
All oils are bad.

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

What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?
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.

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

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.
Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, s edentary 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.

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

Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?
Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child.

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?
When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?
Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

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

Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?
No.

How would you define junk food?
Fried food like Kentucky, McDonalds, samosas and even masala dosas.

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?
Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?
No.

Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?
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.

Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?
No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

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?
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.

Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?
Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?
Diet, exercise, drugs on time, Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

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

What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?
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.

Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?
No.

Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?
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.

How can one keep the heart in a good condition?
Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkups if you are past the age of 30 (once in six months recommended)….

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Not working is bad for your health

They say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. But a recent research has revealed that a person who is off work for a month or two is likely to spoil his health. A recent study has revealed that the health risks of being out of work are equivalent to smoking ten packets of cigarettes a day…

A stuntman who goes back to work after an accident has better long—term heath prospects than one who doesn’t. So has a nurse, a construction worker or a computer technician. “The health consequences of being out of the workforce are far greater than many other long-term diseases and they’re certainly greater than working in a dangerous industry,” said Mary Wyatt.

The Melbourne occupational physician has just completed a major study for The Royal Australian College of Physicians looking at the ramifications of a trend that has seen more and more Australians claiming a disability pension rather than going back to work after an accident or illness.

Since 2001 there has been a 70% increase in requests for sickness certificates that entitle the holder to welfare payments. “Even the risk to the health of the kids of people out of work goes up significantly,” Ms. Wyatt said. “The risk of suicide, especially among males, goes up.”

She estimated that the health risks of being out of work are the equivalent of smoking ten packets of cigarettes a day. “It sounds ridiculous but that’s the reality,” Ms. Wyatt said. “Marriages break-up, people end up in quite awful situations.” Part of the problem is that doctors sign certificates knowing that the recipient could work if he or she wanted to.

The Centre for Independent Studies estimates that half the 670,000 people now claiming a disability support pension (DSP) are capable of working. The number of work—age adults claiming the DSP has doubled to 5% of the workforce in the past 20 years. Why are so many claiming that musculoskeletal disorders — most commonly, bad backs — are preventing them going back to work? And why are doctors letting them when the best interests of their patients would be served by a swift return to work? The questions are particularly apposite in Australia because, with the unemployment rate at 5 per cent, it has rarely been easier to find work.

“A lot of it is attitudinal,” Ms. Wyatt said. “It’s not understood by medical practitioners and the general community that if you stay out of the workforce your health gets worse. There’s often a sense that there’s nothing really wrong with a bit of time off work — we all take holidays — but if the person is off work for a month or two the chances of them going back to work goes down dramatically.” The study — Realizing the Health Benefits of Work — found that those who took a couple of months off after illness or injury found it difficult to get back into the workforce.

“A bunch of things coalesce,” Ms. Wyatt said. “You get out of the routine of going to work and people get to expect that the system will get them back into work.”

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