Monthly Archives: July 2018

North Eastern State Tops the List of Highest Deaths Due to Hemorrhagic stroke

A study on hemorrhagic stroke carried out in the year 2015 revealed that people residing in the northeastern state topped the list of deaths by hemorrhagic strokes and it exceeds the national average by a staggering three times.

Hemorrhagic stroke

The 2015 study stated that one in three people in the age group of 30-69 years die a premature death due to hemorrhagic stroke. The causes of hemorrhagic stroke are cited as too much consumption of salt and hypertension as well. As per the study that was carried out by the University of Toronto in Canada, the reasons behind this major increase in mortality rates could be inadequate stroke care, high blood pressure and risk factors like endemic infections.

It is an emergency situation that needs immediate medical attention because it causes brain bleeding due to a ruptured blood vessel. The states that are worst affected include Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Tripura particularly for deaths in males by strokes. While states like Assam, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal were considered to be high risk for strokes in females. In 2015, the death toll rose to a freaking 2.1 million across all ages due to ischemic heart disease and stroke.

Though the rate of cardiac disease is a national issue, stroke has surprisingly surpassed its numbers to become the highest killer in north-eastern population. The study further stated that the deaths could have been prevented, but most of the deaths were caused due to irregular consumption of prescribed medications for cardiac disease.

India is amongst the top 5 countries in the world to have cardiovascular disease deaths and the age at which cardiac diseases develop in Indians is almost half a decade earlier as compared to developed countries. Though the sustainable development department has goals to decrease the mortality rates by 2030 does, it does seem to be difficult at the stage keeping in mind the very little progress made against cardiovascular diseases and awareness around it.

10 medical checkups to gift you father irrespective of whether it is a Fathers day or not!

Fathers are not given a lot of credit or say mileage in a family and most of the times it is the mother who is center of attention when it comes to the sacrifices and hard work she does. Off-course it does hold true, but a father’s hard work and sacrifice is also equally important and most of the time just like women of the family, even men tend to ignore their own health keeping forth the needs of their family members. So, here’s the time when you can give a gift to your father as a working son or daughter, a small memento that speaks for itself, that you care.

10 medical checkups

BLOOD PRESSURE – Blood Pressure or hypertension is also known as a silent killer and is a major cause of heart attacks or strokes for that matter. Hence regular blood pressure checkups is a good idea. Though, a yearly screening is what the doctors suggest, you might as well keep a blood pressure checkup device at home and check on weekly basis.

LIPID PROFILE – Cholesterol is also another major cause of heart attack or stroke. Hence screening is important to check if your cholesterol levels are under control. If they are not then you will need to make modifications with your diet besides taking up medications.

COLONSCOPY – Once you touch-base the mark of 50 in terms of age, colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years. It is recommended that if there are any polyps found, then it needs to be done more frequently, particularly if there is family history of colorectal cancer.

VACCINATIONS – We as kids take vaccinations to protect ourselves against diseases and conditions but many of us are not aware of the fact that as we age the effect of these vaccinations perishes.  After 65 years, you need to get a pneumococcal vaccine because it can cause a lot many conditions. Even a tetanus booster is a must have post 10 years.

EYE CHECKUP – Eye checkup is an advisable screening post 40 years itself. But once you cross 60 make, every year screening is a good idea.

DIABETES CHECKUP – Diabetes, a very common condition in India and post 45 it’s advisable to screen yourself for diabetes every year. To check if you have diabetes or not you need to do your blood sugar checkup every year.

PROSTATE SPECIFIC – It is a vital test for men after 50 more so if prostate cancer runs in the family. The test involves the screen of a rectal area and measurement of PSA levels (prostate specific antigen) in blood.

AUDIOGRAM – Hearing loss is common as we age. At times it could also be due to some medical condition. Hence, it’s advisable to do a hearing test once a year after 60 years of age.

PERIODONTAL EXAM – Oral health is one thing which many of us tend to ignore against other conditions. But, with age, it becomes all the more important to take care of your dental health. Hence it is advisable to go for teeth checkup once a year and cleaning twice a year.

SKIN CHECK – There are millions of people with skin cancer across the globe and it is advisable to schedule a check-up if you find any suspicious moles, particularly.

Medical Health Checkups at Vydehi Hospital in Bangalore

Menstrual Hygiene – The Present Scenario and Adverse Effects

The statistics in India about menstrual hygiene are alarming. Only 18% of the population has access to sanitary hygiene. Additionally, menstruation has been a taboo in India since the beginning of time. Many homes in India still follow the beliefs of the past that include not going to the temple or touching the pickle and some even don’t allow ladies to enter the kitchen when they are having their cycles. These beliefs are rampant in the urban areas as well and not just limited to villages.

Looking at the present state of sanitary hygiene amongst women in India and saddening stories about removal of uterus due to menstrual tract infection of a 12 year old, does make the picture of this state clear. Today, there are millions of women in India who have no access to sanitary napkins because they are expensive thus choosing low standards of hygiene. Over 88 percent women go for using cloth, ashes or even husk during menstrual periods.

Here’s a run through the adverse effects of poor sanitary hygiene.

Menstrual Hygiene

  • Using unclean pads or cheap alternatives can lead to urinary infections, urinary tract infections or fungal infections.
  • If you don’t change your pad for a long time it can cause vaginal yeast infections and rashes.
  • Using cloth and bigger size shapes can lead to rashes due to friction between the thighs.
  • Using the same pad for long can also lead to bad odor.
  • Many of us don’t know that in an effort to keep the vaginal area clean, you tend to wipe and rinse frequently. This can lead to the bacteria’s from the pot reaching your body and causing infections of the urinary tract.
  • Many women think that having an intercourse during a period is a good idea because there is no risk of getting pregnant. But, the fact is, it is risky because you are highly likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases like Herpes, Hepatitis B or STD.
  • Not washing hands properly after touching sanitary napkins also leads to infections like Hepatitis B and that of yeast as well.
  • Poor Menstrual hygiene can also cause cervical cancer. India produces over 70,000 victims every year and is one of the top ranking cancers in women in India.

Well, this is a problem that has a solution and as per the gynecologists in India awareness around menstruation through education is the key. There is a dire need to educate women on how using sanitary napkins can help prevent many infections and side effects besides maintaining body hygiene and shunning away the blind beliefs and taboos around it.

Women Health In India – Current Scenario and Challenges

Every year we celebrate mother’s day and women’s day. We show our love and respect to important women in our lives and celebrate them. Obviously, this is a good sign but that’s only one side of the story. Even today there is a major chunk of women in India who are deprived of their basic rights like education, are forced into marriage early on, are not allowed to work, but to name a few of the hardships they face for being a woman. The picture is same not only in India but many other developing countries.

Women Health In India

There are some startling facts about women health in India that can give you a clear idea of how women in India are deprived of their basic rights, needs, and their health scenario. India tops the list of countries that are said to have highest mortality rates during delivery and even the highest number of non-school going girls. 25% of total number of girls born in India don’t even live to see their 15th Birthday. 40% of the HIV cases in India in 2005 are said to be that of women. While there is much more to the story, looking at these statistics, you can easily derive that the state of women health in India is bad or rather worse.

While the primary answer to issues with women health is the gender inequality issue but then there are others which also include the poor healthcare system of the country. Factors are malnutrition, which not only affects the health of the women but also the infants they give birth too.

Having said that, the current situation can be certainly worked upon, improved and brought under control. But, it requires immense amount of dedication and reforms in the Indian Healthcare system that need to be implemented as well as monitored consistently. Simultaneously, there is also a need to work on bringing awareness amongst the society about the gender equality and equal opportunity in terms of education, health and work for women.

There’s this saying that aptly conveys a message that could help eradicate this issue by focusing on its root cause and it says – ‘When you educate a boy, you educate an individual. When you educate a girl, you educate a family’. It is like empowering women through education thus helping them empower themselves and in an indirect sense even the whole family.

All major surgeries relevant women like hysterectomy, Caesarean section are being done routinely in the gynecology department. Laproscopy, Colposcopy and Hysteroscopy are other facilities available at Vydehi Gynecology hospital.

Poor Oral Health can affect Performance of Elite Athletes

Dental hygiene does disrupt our daily life or the quality of life rather to some extent or the other. Sometimes, while we aren’t aware, it might just affect our level of concentrations and hence our performance as well. The pain or discomfort caused by any dental condition tends to distract us from our work. Recently a study has revealed that oral health affects the performance of elite athletes as well. This study is known to be one of the largest surveys about athlete oral health.

Poor Oral Health

A dental college in London carried out this comprehensive study that involved around 350 athletes, males as well as females from professional sports as well as Olympics to find out whether dental or oral health actually hindered the performance of these athletes. The studied participants were in the mean age group of 25 years and 67% of them were male.

The revelations were startling as around 49.5% of them were subject to tooth decay that was left untreated. 77% of them were found having swelled up gums. Around 32% of them did bring up that dental health issues impacted their performance. Having said that, the study also revealed that over 95% of these athletes brushed their teeth two times a day while around 40% flossed once during the day.

Taking into account their oral habits, their poor health scenario could be due to diet issues and activities they do. One of the major factors affecting the health of an athlete is stress. There have been incidences of players vomiting before a race due to competition anxiety. Another is training as well as performance.

We all are aware that simple interventions can help prevent oral diseases. This includes routine dental care and hygiene like brushing teeth, health nutrition, cleaning between teeth and checkups.

Vydehi dental care Centre has an experienced panel of dentists and consultants who treats with computer techniques and Video Imaging. Dental X-rays, Cosmetic dentistry, Implants, Smile designing, Orthodontics, Root canal treatment and full Mouth rehabilitation are some of the major services offered by Vydehi Dental care Centre.

Benefits of Panchakarma – Ayurvedagram Hospital in Bangalore

Originated in India and over 5000 years old, Ayurveda has been there for centuries and is a proven natural or alternative treatment procedure. Even Chine and Tibetan forms of alternative medicines have their roots in Ayurveda besides Greeks who are also known to have embraced Ayurveda. ‘Ayur’ is a Sanskrit word for life and ‘Veda’ means science, hence together it means the science of life. It is a more holistic approach towards the health of the mind, body, and soul in unison.

One of the very popular procedures in Ayurveda that have helped millions of people across the globe is the herbal healing therapy known as ‘Panchakarma’. It is apparently a five-stage detoxification and purification therapy that is a beautiful amalgamation of five amazing procedures.

Ayurvedagram

PANCHAKARMA PROCEDURE
As the name suggests, Panchakarma procedure consists of Vamana, Virechana, Basti, Nasya, and Raktamokshana.

1. Vamana – This process is a therapeutic vomiting process done for clearing the respiratory and gastronomical tract toxins through the removal of excess mucus, responsible for ‘Kapha’. The domino effect of the procedure is that the person feels good.

2. Virechana – This is a therapeutic purgation inducing procedure for removing the pitta toxins from the body. It is known to produce amazing results for Headaches, Hyper Acidity, Digestive Disorders, Asthma and Gynecological disorders, etc. The purgatives include Laxatives, Drastic Purgatives and more.

3. Vasti – An integral part of Panchkarma, Vasti needs to be performed under the observation of an Ayurvedic expert and is specially used against Vata or rheumatic conditions. The dosha’s or toxins from the body are expelled through the anus or vaginal canals using ayurvedic oils and herbs. The oils used for the procedure include Calamus oil, Sesame oil and more. While there are many types of Vasti’s, Uttaravasti, Kashayavasti, Snehavasti, and Sirovasti are the main ones. This procedure of panchakarma is very effective in the treatment of Vata.

4. Nasya – This treatment as the name suggests is associated with the nasal tract and is carried out to get rid of toxins like congestion and sinus, from the neck and head region. The procedure performed is called nasyakarma and the formulations are called nasika kalpana.

5. Raktamokshana – Raktamokshana is a combination of two words, one is rakt which means blood and the other is mokshana which means leaving. There are two types in Raktamokshana, Shastra Visravana, and Anushsastra Visravana. The treatment is recommended for people with an imbalance in blood and ‘pitta doshas’ as well as skin disorders like eczema, dermatitis, and sciatica.

Well, if you are living with conditions mentioned above and want them to be treated, seek advice from Ayurveda experts on your health issues and take a step to good health through Ayurvedic healing.

Vydehi Ayurveda(Vayu) can be rightly called ‘the complete healing center’ where the ancient system of Ayurveda is practiced. This time-tested medical science addresses the preventive and curative aspects of diseases. Also, positive health and therapeutic measures relating to physical, mental, social and the spiritual are comprehensively attended here.