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November 13, 2017

ABSTRACT

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.

US EXPERIENCE

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

THE TIME YOU TAKE TO READ THIS

IS ALL THE TIME YOU NEED TO SAVE A LIFE.

WHAT IS CPR?

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.

HOW CPR HELPS:

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.

1. CALL

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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 2. PUMP

If

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

Posted in Heart Care