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October 13, 2018

Heart failure – also called congestive cardiac failure – can be classified as a long-term condition in which the heart isn’t pumping enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Owing to the heart muscle being weakened, it affects the heart’s pumping ability thus making it less efficient. As a result of this condition, kidneys start retaining excess fluid and salt which, in turn, causes a fluid retention, particularly in the lungs, legs, and abdomen – thus leading to congestion. To recapitulate, congestive heart failure encapsulates two basic problems:  

  • Systolic dysfunction – a condition affecting the heart’s ability to pump adequate blood to cater to the body’s needs.
  • Diastolic dysfunction – a condition which impairs the heart from accepting all the blood being sent to it.

  Thereafter, the odds of people suffering from both systolic and diastolic heart failure are quite high. Men also tend to be at a higher risk as compared to women while individuals of African descent are more likely to suffer from this condition as compared to their European peers.


Congestive Heart Failure can be caused by other diseases or injuries that damage or put too much strain on the heart muscle causing it to weaken. That being said, the leading causes of congestive heart failure are:  

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Hype

Posted in Heart Care
March 28, 2018

With every aspect of healthcare advancing, it has been no different for the way surgeries are performed in India. Until now, surgeons had the option of performing an open incision or a laparoscopy surgery that is highly dependent on the surgeon’s hand-skills. But now, a new wave of robotic surgery is taking a surge in India. It is a new category of minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System that offers an effortless way of performing complex surgical procedures. The da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic surgical system made by the American company Intuitive Surgical. It has been recently approved by FDA in 2000 for an extensive range of surgeries. Post that, it has been implemented across hundreds of locations globally. It is named da Vinci in part because the first robot was invented by Leonardo da Vinci. It is the latest advanced platform for minimally invasive surgery. It has been increasingly replacing the outdated open surgery and conservative laparoscopy by putting the surgeon’s skills right on an advanced robotic platform. The system cannot be automated and cannot operate on its own. It requires direct input from your surgeon to perform every surgical move.

Posted in Heart Care
November 13, 2017


When my mother fell ill while visiting me in the United States, I had the opportunity to compare costs of surgical cardiac care in the United States and India.   I faced challenges in making well-informed decisions in the United States due to the lack of cost transparency and the minimal flexibility offered in choice of care, whereas in India costs are readily available and allow most people to freely choose their preferred type of care.   I have lived in the United States for more than 20 years and am part of the health services research community that investigates factors behind the rising costs of health care. After seeking medical care for my mother in both the United States and India, however, I was surprised to find that “developed” countries have a lot to learn from some of the ways   health care is delivered in “developing” countries. This essay describes the stark differences in the organization and financing of health care services that my family recently experienced, and how those differences affected our ability to make important healthcare decisions.


My mother, a 71-year-old, fit, active woman, arrived in Boston from Bangalore, India, in June 2013 for a 4-month visit. Soon after her arrival, when walking in our neighborhood, she felt a momentary tightness in her chest that disappeared when she s

Posted in Heart Care
October 24, 2017

Heart (or cardiac) failure is a condition when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s need. It means that either the heart can’t fill with enough blood or pump with enough force, or both. A lot of underlying heart problems can result in heart failure. Pre existing conditions like high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart valve diseases like aortic regurgitation gradually weaken the heart leaving it weak and stiff. This reduces the efficiency of the heart pump. Many conditions that lead to failure cannot be reversed. In some cases the problem maybe treated. Available drugs can be used to improve survival by improving the signs and symptoms of heart failure. Exercise, reducing weight, reducing salt intake, managing stress measures to alter the way one lives help in improving quality of life by reducing fluid buildup. It is important to aggressively prevent or control risk factors. Coronary artery disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, overweight/obesity, high cholesterol levels need to be targeted.

What is Heart failure?

Heart failure occurs as the heart action grows weaker with time due to underlying problems. It can affect the right side, the left side or both of the heart. The left sided failure is more common. The heart being unable to pump oxygen and nutrition enriched blood to the rest of the body. In right sided failure t

April 14, 2017




Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR is an emergency procedure used to manually restore circulation and breathing In a person who is under cardiac arrest . When performed correctly and on time, it doubles the chance of survival.


CPR restores blood circulation in the victim when his/her heart has stopped functioning. This allows adequate supply of blood and oxygen to the vital organs, keeping the victim alive till professional help arrives. It could be a passerby, or it could be your own loved one. But with just a set of simple, easy-to-learn techniques, you will always be prepared to be a Heart saver and prevent an emergency from turning into a Fatality.


Check the victim for unresponsiveness. If the person is not responsive and not breathing or not breathing normally, call an ambulance and return to the victim. To check for no further danger to the victim, place him/her in a safe place.


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Posted in Heart Care
January 6, 2017

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. In some cases, the heart can’t fill with enough blood. In other cases, the heart can’t pump blood to the rest of the body with enough force. Some people have both problems.

What Causes Heart Failure?

By themselves the signs of heart failure may not mean the patient has heart failure and he/ she should not be alarmed. However, people who have not been diagnosed with heart failure and experience more than one of the symptoms below should tell their doctor and ask for an evaluation of their heart People who have been diagnosed with heart failure should monitor their symptoms carefully and report any sudden changes to their doctor immediately. By far the main symptom is extreme fatigue. The patient is not getting enough blood pumped from the heart to hiss her muscles. The body diverts blood away from less vital organs – muscles in the limbs and focuses on supplying to the heart and brain. The following conditions can cause heart failure:

  • Heart valve disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart muscle disease
  • Anaemia
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Heart rhythm abnormalities (atrial fibrillation etc.)

What to do incase of Heart Failure

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