Posts Tagged ‘high blood pressure’

45 minutes of walking or exercise enough for a healthy heart: Dr.Pavan Kumar

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Dr. Pavan Kumar did his superspecialization in cardiovascular surgery from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

He has successfully performed over 10,000 open heart operations and has been associated with over 12,000 major cardiovascular procedures.

He founded Mumbai’s first ‘Cardiac Help Line’and has established Department of Telemedicine in Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai.

Dr.Kumar answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

sir. i have high bp of 160/110. what precautions do i take to bring it down thereby avoiding cardiac probs.
get your BP under control at the earliest. reduce your salt intake.


High BP is risk factor for heart attacks: Dr. Pavan Kumar

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Dr. Pavan Kumar is leading cardiac surgeon and head of department of cardiovascular surgery at Nanavati Hospital and honorary consultant cardiac surgeon at Lilavati Hospital and other prestigious hospitals of Mumbai. He has extensive experience of over 26 years in field of adult cardiac surgery and specialises in coronary bypass surgery, heart valve repair/replacement surgery and other complex heart operations .

He has performed over 10000 such operations till date and credited to be safest heart surgeon in Mumbai with success rate of above 99.5%. His other area of interest is Telemedicine. He is founder of Telemedicine centre at Nanavati hospital, which is largest telemedicine service provider in western India. The centre has won many prestigious national awards under his leadership.


Simple tips to lower your blood pressure

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Hypertension, also called the ‘silent killer’ can be managed and prevented by making some low-cost lifestyle changes.

Hypertension or high Blood Pressure, as it is commonly called, is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is chronically elevated.

With each heartbeat, heart pumps blood through the arteries to the body. Blood pressure is the pressure or force with which blood is pushed against the walls of the blood vessels.


Stressful work conditions can up diabetes risk

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Work conditions can predict development of diabetes in healthy employees, a new study has found.

Cases of type 2 diabetes continue to rise in the US. And while the development of the disease is more commonly associated with risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and physical inactivity, research has shown that stress can also have a significant impact.

Now Dr. Sharon Toker of Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Management has found that low levels of social support and high levels of stress in the workplace can accurately predict the development of diabetes over the long term – even in employees who appear to be healthy otherwise.

The study contributes to an ongoing body of research linking work conditions to physical and mental health.


Top 10 tips to control high blood pressure

Monday, April 8th, 2013

High blood pressure is one of the major lifestyle factors playing a role in our health today. Several people are diagnosed with blood pressure as early as in their thirties, and it is widespread among Indians.

Experts agree that in mild hypertension, non-drug methods should be adopted, these include lifestyle modification by way of diet, exercise and meditation to name a few.

Here are the top ten tips that will help reduce and control high blood pressure:

    Get moving: Today, the world has woken up to the benefits of regular exercise. In people with hypertension, exercise causes the blood vessels in the body to widen, and this action brings down the blood pressure. While exercising, the blood pressure becomes high but that happens to all of us because exercise is perceived by the body as stress.


    Being alone as hazardous as smoking 15 cigarettes every day

    Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

    The effect of loneliness on health is equal to that of obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day, say experts.

    They said being alone could hasten dementia and increase the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, the Sun reported.

    Research revealed that half of all people aged 75 or over live alone and at least one in ten of the ten million over-65s in Britain is badly affected by solitude.

    Five million elderly, half of that number, said television is their main companion and more than half a million, 600,000, admitted that they leave their house less than once a week.

    Recent research by WRVS, a charity helping older people, identified nearly 400,000 elderly people who say they have children who are too busy to see them.

    And the further away from their elderly parents the children live, the worse the situation becomes.


    Going to bed one hour earlier could help ward off high BP

    Friday, December 7th, 2012

    People who were showing the early signs of high blood pressure were able to restore readings to healthy levels in just six weeks if they had an extra hour in bed every night, a new study found.

    High blood pressure, or hypertension, is thought to be responsible for half of all heart attacks and strokes, and lack of sleep and a stressful lifestyle have long been associated with an increased risk of the condition.

    But the new study, carried out at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, is one of the first to prove that blood pressure can be brought under control by simply increasing sleep duration, the Daily Mail reported.

    Researchers recruited 22 middle aged men and women who either had prehypertension, where their readings were not excessively high but had been increasing and were on target to reach dangerous levels.


    Blood pressure drugs increase risk of hip fracture

    Monday, November 26th, 2012

    Elderly people taking anti-hypertensive drugs are at a 43 per cent increased risk of having a hip fracture in the first 45 days of treatment, says a new study by Assistant Professor Debra Butt.

    “It’s important for patients to be educated on the potential risk of a hip fracture when they start an anti-hypertensive drug,” said Dr. Butt, a member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and a family physician affiliated with The Scarborough Hospital.

    “They should be cautious; if they experience dizziness or weakness, they need to let their doctor know, and should not engage in activities that would put them at risk of falling,” she said. “For example, if you start your anti-hypertensive drug before bed and get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, be careful, you could be dizzy.”


    Health tip of the day

    Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

    If your blood pressure is high, keep your sodium intake under 1,500mg a day

    Insomniacs at greater risk of developing hypertension

    Thursday, June 7th, 2012

    People with insomnia may now have one more thing to keep them up at night – an increased likelihood of developing hypertension, a new study has claimed.

    Researchers at the Henry Ford Center for Sleep Disorders, Detroit, found that the prevalence of hypertension was greater in insomniacs compared to normal sleepers.

    “The cause of hypertension in insomniacs is due to the number of times the individual wakes during the night as well as their sleep latency – the length of time it takes to accomplish the transition from full wakefulness to sleep,” Christopher Drake, lead author of this study, said.

    “We found that the longer it took the subjects to fall asleep and more times they woke during the night, the more severe their hypertension,” he said.

    Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep and is the most common sleep complaint among Americans.


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