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

Qn1. What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?

Ans:
1. Diet – Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise – Half an hour’s walk, at least five days a week;
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control BP – Blood pressure and Sugar

Qn2. Can we convert fat into muscles?

Ans: It is a dangerous myth. Fat and muscles are made of two different tissues, fat is fat … Ugly and harmful… Muscle is muscle. Fat can never be converted into a muscle.

Qn3. 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.

Qn4. Are heart diseases hereditary?

Ans: Yes

Qn5. 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.

Qn6. 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.

Qn7. You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?

Ans: Mother Theresa, who was my patient.

Qn8. Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?

Ans: Extremely rare.

Qn9. Does cholesterol accumulate 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.

Qn10. 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.

Qn11. How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Qn12. Which is the best and worst food for the heart?

Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and oil is the worst.

Qn13. Which oil is better – groundnut, sunflower, olive?

Ans: All oils are bad.

Qn14. What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?

Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Qn15. 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 hour.

Qn16. How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?

Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Qn17. 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.

Qn18. Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

Ans: Yes.

Qn19. 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.

Qn20. 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 yougrow older, respect the biological clock.

Qn21. 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.

Qn22. Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn23. Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?
Ans : No.

Qn24. How would you define junk food?

Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , Samosas, and even Masala Dosas.

Qn25. 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.

Qn26. Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?

Ans: No.

Qn27. Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded e-mails 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.

Qn28. 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.

Qn29. 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.

Qn30. 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.

Qn31. What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?

Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

Qn32. Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?

Ans : No.

Qn33. 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.

Qn34. Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn35. 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).

Qn36. 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 checkups if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended).

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Kumaraswamy sworn in the 24th CM of Karnataka. Significant presence of galaxy of non BJP opposition leaders in the swearing in ceremony

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The leader of the minority group of mere 38 MLAs and former chief minister H. D. Kumaraswamy has finally been sworn in as Karnataka’s CM today at the highly decorated precincts of Vidhan Saudha, originally the Mysore palace in the presence of the gallaxy of almost all the non BJP opposition leaders of the country including the Andhra CM Chandra Babu Naidu who left NDA just a few months ago, in the conspicuous absence of Bollywood star turned politician Kamal Hassan and the Telangana chief minister T Chandra Shekhar Rao.

The oath of office was delievered by the controvertial governor Vajubhai Vala to HD Kumara Swamy of Janata Dal (S) and G. Parameshwara of Congress as the 24th chief minister and deputy chief minister respectively. HD Kumaraswamy is the son of the octogenerian former prime minister of India HD Devegowda, who was also present in the swearing in ceremony seen receiving all the opposition leaders with generosity and ambivalence, despite being not in so good health condition.

Prominent amongst those present in the swearing in ceremony were Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, AICC president Rahul Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati, Lok Dal President Ajit Singh, West Bengal CM Mamata Bannerjee, Andhra CM N. Chandra Babu Naidu, CPM general Secretary Sita Yachuri, Chandra Babu Naidu, Sharad Yadav, CPI national Secretary D. Raja, Danish Ali, Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, BSP MP and general Secretary Mishra, RJD’s Laloo Prasasd Yadav’s son and former deputy chief minister Bihar Tejasvi Yadav, Kerala chief minister Mr. Vijayan Pirayani, veteran leader, NCP’s Sharad Pawar and former UP minister, SP MLA Rajendra Choudhary.

However, the prominent super star of the south and Bollywood actor turned politician Kamal Hassan and Telangana chief minister Chandra Shekhar Rao were conspicuous by their absence. Both the chief minister and Deputy CM took the oath in Kannada.

Thousands of people participated in the swearing in ceremony which lasted hardly for 40 minutes altogether.

The atmosphere was too cordial and all the anti BJP opposition leaders met each other most heartily waving to the cheers of the crowd. The chemistry between Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi seemed to be extremely cordial with Sonia and Mayawati holding each other’s hands’ tight and embracing one another smilingly. They also posed for a photograph holding high each others’ hands alongwith other opposition leaders soon after the swearing in ceremony.

The West Bengal CM Mamta Bannerjee who came just before the swearing in did not go to meet Rahul, Mayawati and Sonia Gandhi but was seen in deliberations with Andra CM Chandra Babu Naidu who didn’t mixed much with this trio of Mayawati, Sonia and Rahul for the reasons best known to him. However, later on Mamta met Mayawati , Akhilesh Yadav and Sonia Rahul duo too, pleasingly. However, when Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi arrived on the stage they first of all went to Mamta Bannerjee and exchanged pleasentaries remaining closeted with her for some moments.

This swearing in ceremony witnessed such a huge gathering of the non BJP opposition leaders of all partes after a long time unambiguously sending a transparent message across that leaving few ifs and buts, majority of them are very much in a mood to unify against prime minister Narendra Modi and his BJP led NDA government in the run up for the 2019 national elections, particularly after the successful Karnataka experiment and earlier victories in the bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar defeating the saffron party in its own home turfs.

They seemed to have clearly understood that if thay at all want to stop the Modi juggernaut and avoit splitting of votes they will have to under any circumstances come together on one political platform in complete unanimity and todays conglomeration at Bengaluru gives an impressiin about something very credible and positive likely to happen in the near future.

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Forest fires of Uttarakhand result in raising the temperature of the hills !

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The massive fires in the forests of the hills of Uttarakhand has not only created havoc to its precious wild life, flora and fauna, the timber, green trees and the soil including damage to the catchment areas killing the pivotal water sources, it has also resulted in enhancing the temperature of the summers to 41 degree celsious in towns like Dehradun and 29/ 35 degree celsious in the interior hills termed to be the summer destinations which used to remain pleasent and pretty cool.

What is more worrying is the fact that the fire which has started from Pauri forests or the adjoining hill districts has now engulfed the forests of Tehri, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and even Uttarkashi and the pictures of deers, cows, calves n roasted condition ging viral in facebook, though not yet authenticated as from which areas these pictures of dead animals in forest forest have been procured from.

Even in the stretches of Kotdwar jungles this ravaging fire have spread. According to the latest new reports, the expeditiously ravaged forests by massive fires which is still continuing due to the air pressure has also led to increase in the temperature of the hill areas particularly the towns and cities already under the influence of global warming.

Though the staff of the forest division are trying their best to didge the fire through whatever minimum means they possess but the magnitude of the fire has now gained such a tremendous proortion that its not within the reach of the limited staff of the forest departmentdevid of the lated hi tech technical facilities and equipments.

The only and the best way, though highly expensive is sprinkling of water over the forests fires through helicopters as done in countries abroad as depending on natural rains would be an extremely risky and dangerous proposition.

It may be recalled that UK had rain deficit of 68%. And Pauri Garhwal is already reeling under 82% rain deficit since Dec, Jan months. Therefore the entire forest cover has gone dry thus enraging widespread fire on a rapid scale. Decrease in rain increases temperatures and results in forest fires.

Moreover, it has been a tradition of burning the dry grass during summers expecting the birth of new grass after monsoon for fodder of animals. And in this immature exercise the entire jungles are put on fire causing irreperable damage to the flora and fauna and the wild animals on a vast scale. Some disgruntled elements also do it deliberately pre strategically and conspiratorially for various vested interests.

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DELHI REELING UNDER DRINKING WATER CRISIS ! CONGRESS PROTESTS IN VARIOUS DELHI LOCALITIES

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As the increasing temperature having reached 44 degree celcius in Delhi yesterday and sun over the earth’s equater this summer, the capital of India, Delhi is confronted with acute water shortage in various parts of Delhi, compelling Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee volunteers under the leadership of Ajay Maken protest in different areas denouncing the AAP government for its inefficiency and ignorance in countering the water shortage problem and accused the Delhi Jal Board authorities of allegedly selling water tankers meant to be supplied to Delhi localities ,govt and private colonies and resettlement colonies of Delhi in league with the tanker mafia to five star hotels and the rich living in farm houses, thus minting huge profits.

The inhabitants of the resettlement and unauthorised colonies, the peoole of JJ clusters and even residents of government colonies are the worst sufferer during the peak Summer season in May and June.

Delhi has a population of about 1.50 crores and 60 percent of the population lives in resettlement and unauthorised colonies.

This vast chunk of this population either banks on submersibles by retrieving the under ground water or depend on water supplied through private or Delhi Jal Board tankers as regular pipelines of Delhi Jal Board have not been laid in majority ofthe colonies.

There is a huge tanker mafia active in Delhi Jal Board says Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken who siphons off the major share of the Delhi people by arbitrarily and cladestinely supplying it to Five and three star Hotels, high profile restaurants and farm houses against gigantic profits.

Water shortage in Delhi is increasing year after year as the the population of the capital has increased manifold. The shortage of rains, non existent of water conservation techniques to conserve rain water and fastly depleting underground water reserves in Delhi has further added to the wows of the over populated Delhi.

Currently Haryana and to some extent Uttarakhand is quenching the thirst of Delhites and the purification of water through affluent treatment plants of several Delhi drains and badly polluted Yamuna contributing further to cope with the situation additionally.

It may be recalled that Delhi being the capital requires lot of water in contruction activities and other related works like gardening, washing cars, and for general consumption.

The rich and elites have illegally and arbitrarily dug tubewells inside their vicinity in farm houses and private localities giving rebuff to the laws and restriction norms of the Central Ground Water Commission compounded with hundreds of thousands of new borings coming up every year in Delhi, thus resulting in massive depletion of ground water level.

If this would be the spate of retrieving water from the underground sources the time is not far when the Delhites will acutely suffer for want of drinking water.

Heavy and credible checks on the right usage of water and its conservation during rainy seasons by the government agencies is the mandatory need of the hour. What’s your take friends?

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