Monday, January 21

Tag: blood pressure

Go an extra mile to change your lifestyle – Hypertension

By: Dr. Varsha Dalal (Consultant Pathologist at Lifeline Laboratory) When was the last time you checked out the sodium content of the biscuits that accompany your morning /evening tea. Everybody is very careful about the sugar/carbohydrate content of the processed foods available in the market due to the high prevalence and awareness of diabetes but sodium levels take a back seat. And that’s the reason why a new silent killer is taking the centre stage now. Hypertension has become one of the most prevalent lifestyle diseases in the present century. The incidence in India is as high as one out of every three adults. And majority of the affected people are not even aware making the scenario rather gloomy.  Hypertension or high blood pressure is about to become an epidemic in the countr


Myth Busters
MYTH 1: If you have heart disease, you can’t be physically active. Being sedentary for patients with heart disease is not good. It can lead to thrombosis, (blood clots) in the legs and can cause further problems and worsen the general condition. Physical activity is very necessary for cardiac patients and helps strengthen the heart muscle and keeps the heart active and also improves overall health and well-being of the cardiac patient However one has to be careful about the kind of exercise. It is best to consult the cardiologist to understand the kind of exercise that would be mostdoctors recommend, walking as any amount ofwalking. MYTH 2: Vitamins and supplements can lower the risk of heart disease. The antioxidant vitamins E, C and beta carotene are beneficial for the heart,