FAQ's

Prevent Heart Attack, Avoid Heart Bypass Surgery

QWhat are the five thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?
A1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil.
2. Exercise - Half an hour's brisk walk at least five days a week.
3. Avoid elevators and sitting for a longtime.
4. Stop smoking if you are a smoker.
5. Control weight.
6. Control blood pressure and sugar.
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It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?

A
This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.
QAre heart diseases hereditary?
A
Yes.
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Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

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Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints.
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Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?

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Extremely rare.
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Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

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Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.
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How do irregular eating habits affect the heart?

A
You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.
Q

Can yoga prevent heart ailments?

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Yoga helps.
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What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?

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Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.
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What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?

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Help the person into a sleeping position, put an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush the person to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.
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Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

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Yes.
Q

Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?

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Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities.
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Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?

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Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics is more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.
Q

What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?

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Diet, exercise, medicines on time. Control cholesterol, BP, weight.