Sushma Swaraj Assures A Four Month Medical Visa to An Ailing Infant From Pakistan For His Treatment

In what could be considered as a major show of kindness and sympathy and the spirit of service of the Minister of External Affairs, when the whole relationship of India-Pakistan going through a tough phase, Sushma Swaraj assured a four month medical visa to a Pakistani citizen who reached out to her regarding his ailing infant. She assured Ken Sid, a father of a two and half year old child that he will be provided with a medical visa for the treatment of his ailing infant in India.

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According to the reports, the infant is suffering from a heart condition which is not treatable in Pakistan. Hence he contacted Indian Healthguru Consultants, a leading medical value provider in India assisting the patients from abroad to get their medical treatments and surgeries at highly affordable prices.

Ken in his distress call said that he had sought a medical visa for his ailing son and he has emphasized the point that even though the relationship between India and Pakistan is strained at the moment, his son is not aware of these happenings and hence he should not be deprived of proper treatment.

The father sought help from Swaraj, who is known to be highly active and responsive to the distress calls on the Twitter, micro-blogging site. Swaraj’s intervention came after the infant’s father brought the matter to her notice on the Twitter handle named @KenSid2, the tweet read as, “Why my bud suffers for medical treatment!! Any answers Sir Sartaaj Azeez or Ma’am Sushma??”

To this Sushma Swaraj said, “No. The child will not suffer. Pls contact Indian High Commission in Pakistan. We will give the medical visa.”  To the reply of the External Affairs Minister, Ken Sid responded tweeting, “It is heartening to see humanity prevailing despite the differences and thanked all for their efforts.”

Earlier, the family has been trying to get a visa for three months. It has been reported that many Indian Twitter users pleaded to Swaraj to help Ken Sid treat his son, and this is why the father thanked all for their efforts.

An official at the Indian High Commission said, “A four-month medical visa has been issued to the family so that the boy could undergo the heart surgery in India.”

As the consequences of Kulbhushan Jadhav episode, India had said, “We have suggested that their foreign minister or foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz give a recommendation letter and it will be cleared immediately, without any delay”. Adding the insistence on a recommendation letter would enable us to ascertain that the requests received from Pakistan are genuine.

Frequently, many ailing Pakistanis travel to India on medical visas for seeking their treatments for the complicated health problems. Previously, the Indian hospitals have reported to receive around 500 patients from the neighbouring country, Pakistan every month.

However, the visa process for the Pakistani Citizens wanting to visit India for medical reasons has slowed down amid the rising tensions between the two countries over a number of reasons, including the issue of Pakistani military sentencing to death Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of espionage and the cross-border terrorism.

It is been said that the ailing infant will be arriving to India for his treatment on Monday under Dr. Rajesh Sharma, eminent Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Jaypee hospital Delhi.

If you are seeking any medical treatments including their cardiac surgery in India, then contact Indian Healthguru Consultants. Send your query to contact@indianhealthguru.com or call us at +91-9371136499 to get assistance with your medical treatments and surgeries in India.

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Sudden Health Problems After 50

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When you have crossed 50, some ailments can announce themselves painfully and suddently. And ouches and aches which were not much to worry about when you were younger could be a sign of bigger problems in middle age.

Heart Attack

This is a big one since 735,000 people have heart attack every year. A 50 year old man has a one in two chance of getting heart disease at some point. The most common signs of heart attack are shortness of breath, chest pain, and pain in the shoulders, neck or back, feel dizzy, sweaty or like you are going to throw up.

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Stroke

It occurs when the blood doesn’t get to the parts of the brain like it should and those brain cells begin to die. If you experience sudden weakness or numbness in your arms, face or legs, have trouble speaking, lose your bearings or get confused, then get help right away.

Aneurysm

Most of the lifestyle changes you make to lower the risk of stroke and heart disease can make you less likely to have aneurysm as well. Often, an aneurysm happens when the wall of an artery gets weak or it start to bulge outward. If that wall gives away, then it could lead to serious internal bleeding or a stroke. The symptoms of aneurysm are nausea, pain, clammy skin, dizziness and a rapid heartbeat.

Gallstones

The gallstones are hardened chunks of bile, a fluid that helps the body to get rid of waste. They might get stuck on the way out of the gallbladder, a small organ below the liver. The gallstones can range in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball and cause severe pain in the upper belly or behind the belly button. Your chances are higher if you have diabetes or Crohn’s disease, diabetes or don’t exercise.

Acute Pancreatitis

It is inflammation of the pancreas that makes enzymes and hormones such as insulin which help with digestion. It is caused by heavy drinking, kind of fat called as triglycerides and high levels of calcium. It causes nausea, stomach pain, fever and vomiting and can be lfe threatening. Seek immediate medical help if you have these symptoms.

Broken Bones

Although it can happen at any age, as you become older the bones will become brittle and hence they are more likely to break. Bone loss is known as osteoporosis which is common among older women.

Vertigo   

If you suddenly find yourself dizzy, you might have vertigo. As you get older, the tiny crystals in your inner ear that helps you control your balance aren’t held in place. The doctor can treat it with a series of head movement that move those particles back into place.

Detached Retina

If the retina, a light-sensitive layer in the eye which tells the brain what you see, pulls away from the outer wall of the eye, it won’t get oxygen and others things it needs. You may see flashes or light or floating specks. See a doctor right away since you may permanently lose your eyesight. It is more common in people who are very near-sighted or have had cataract surgery or other eye diseases.

Kidney Stones

These hard clumps are made of calcium which may often pass harmlessly out of your body. However, larger ones are extremely painful and cause infections or bleeding or block the flow of urine. They are more common in men than women.

Pneumonia

People above 50 are at increased risk of kind of pneumonia caused by bacteria called pneumococcal pneumonia which is life-threatening. Older people are more likely to get it since their immune system gets weaker as they age.

Spinal Stenosis

Although spinal stenosis develops slowly, but it can make itself known suddenly. This occurs when the channel in the backbone which holds spinal cord and other nerves narrows due to arthritis. The nerves can be squeezed or pinched and causes numbness, pain or cramps in the lower neck or back.

Gout

This condition shows up with sudden pain and swelling on one of the joints. It is a form of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid in the body.

Pulmonary Embolism

When a blood clot gets stuck in the blood vessel in one of the lungs, pulmonary embolism happens. People of 50 and above are at higher risks. Get medical help faster, if you have chest pain dizziness and sudden shortness of breath, leg pains, bloody cough, clammy or bluish skin.

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How to Maintain a Healthy Heart

Heart is the organ that provides energy in the form of blood to every part of body to perform its function. This is why every individual has to take care of their heart, as an unhealthy heart can directly influence every other part of the body. Here are few things that can help you to have a healthy heart and to maintain it health throughout your life.

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Be active

Be active mentally and physically both. You must do at the least physical exercise for 30 minutes. This much time is enough to have sweat out, which improves your blood flow and allow other toxins to move out of body effectively and provides you energy. Similarly the mental exercise like Pranayama and Meditation can help you to control your bodily functions and generates heat as a form of energy which can improves blood flow in complete body.

Quit smoking

This is the most important thing to do, to have a health heart. Lungs are the most important organ to pump the oxygen which carries the blood in the body. But the person who is smoking has affected lungs which hampers the oxygen flow and directly affects the flow of blood. So you must quit smoking.

Possession in the weight

The most important thing to control in order to control most of the physical diseases of body is your body weight. You must be on the positive side of the BMI scale in order to have a healthy life. If you have more weight than your normal weight, there is definite chance of cholesterol in your body, which hampers the flows of the blood, does increase the chance of heart disorders. This is why you must have your control on your weight.

Get rid of salt

Salt has the property of thicken your blood, which makes it difficult for blood to flow inside the body. This is why it is important to limit the usage of salt in your food, and to avoid the habit of using salt with the food, after the food is cooked and ready to get eat.

Get 5 per day

This is again the most basic habit that we individual have to follow, after eating. Every time after having your food, you must sit for at least 15-20 minutes and then you must have a 5 minute walk which helps you to consume your food properly.

Eating oily fish

Sometimes having a fish is the best thing to eat, as it has proteins. But eating oily fish all the time will slowly but gradually increase the chances of storage of cholesterol in your blood vessels which in turn cause the heart diseases.

Get rid of psychological distress through walking

Stress is now among on the top of every problem whether physical or mental. There are many methods introduce to get rid of the stress, one of the method is walking. When it comes to reduce the stress in order to maintain a healthy heart, walking is among the best option, as walking will allow the blood to flow in your body as it is one of the physical activity which increase oxygen consumption and pump moiré blood.

Reduction of saturated fat

Fat are sometimes good and sometimes bad. Saturated fat is the bad type of fat, which as the name suggest has the characteristic of saturate on the blood vessels and hampers the blood flow. Then in order to maintain a good flow of blood, you must reduce the intake of saturated fat and food products have high quantity of saturated fat.

Reduce drinking alcohol

Alcohol when consuming in the recommended quantity showed in many studies proved useful and benefited. But regular and excess consumption of alcohol will increase the chance of disorders, in which one of the disorders is related to heart disorders.

Read the label which is on the cans and bags of food

Now a day everyone is very fond of processed foods. You must read the contents mentioned on the label of the bags of food and cans and make sure the foods don’t have excess amount of ingredient which is harmful for you and can cause heart disorder or if you have heart disorder than to make sure that the ingredients don’t cause any allergic reactions.

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Congestive Heart Failure – Causes, Symptoms and treatment

What Is Congestive Heart Failure?

Congestive heart failure means the blood pumping power has gone down and is found to be lower if compared to normal rate of heart. Many times people think heart failure as the heart has stopped working but the real situation is a weaken condition of heart.

As a result of congestive heart failure, different body parts and organs get very slow supplement of blood or say insufficient amount of blood supply.  Heart pressure goes above the normal line as proper amount of oxygen and nourishment is not meeting up to the body’s needs.

The heart chambers may react by extending to impound more blood to pump through the body or by turning out to be hardened. This serves to keep the blood mobile; however the heart muscle dividers or the walls may get damaged or debilitate and is not able to pump as effectively. Subsequently, the kidneys may react by bringing about the body to hold liquid (water) and salt. In the event that liquid develops in the legs, feet, arms, lungs , ankles or different organs, the body gets to be congested, and follows the congestive heart failure

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What Are the Causes of CHF, and Am I At Risk?

Conditions and causes of congestive heart failure is the effect of disorders of health which is directly affecting the individual’s cardiovascular system. Now here comes the role of annual health checkups to know your cardiac condition and keep an eye on heart risks. Causes for the CHF are included in the below list.

Coronary artery disorder – a sickness of the blood streams that supply oxygen and blood to the heart, lead to diminished supply of blood to the muscles of the heart. In the event that the supply routes gets blocked or extremely limited, the heart will have to starve for nutrients and oxygen, carried by blood.

High Blood Pressurenormal blood pressure is very essential for good health, if the BP of a person goes above the normal range that is 120/80 mm Hg, this can be a cause of CHF. This is specially seen when arteries and veins get filled up with sticky plaque or say deposits of fats and cholesterol. This could be due to age, which makes passage of blood difficult.

Problems in Valves– improper working of heart valve leads blood to move in and out in the chambers in an incorrect way.

What Are the Symptoms of CHF?

  • Legs and ankles are swelled
  • Gaining extra weight
  • Frequent urge to urinate, this is increased in night
  • fatigue
  • Cough is developed in lungs.
  • Irregular heart beats
  • Weakness
  • Getting faint

How Is CHF Diagnosed?

If your symptoms are showing up for a severe and critical condition, your regular consultant will advise you a cardiologist. He will organize some tests to identify the correct condition of your body and heart. The tests include blood tests for cholesterol, diabetes. Imaging tests like MRI scans and some stress tests.

What Medications and Treatments Will I Need?

Early detection of any health care issues is route to finer results. To control heart malfunction and work properly will need medications and treatment. Surgical treatments are well known giving best out comes. According to the condition of patient, cardiologist will advice correct type of surgical operation.

Others are the medications and therapies to get best treatment. Aspirin therapy, beta blocker therapy, anti-platelet drugs, Angiotension II Receptor Blockers and Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are some of the medicines included in treating CHF.

What do we know about Heart Disease in Children?

Overview

Heart disease and Cardiac ailments are very difficult to control when it occur in adults, so you can think of the tragic when it happens in children. There are various sorts of heart issues that can affect children. There are viral infections, congenital heart defects that affect the cardiovascular functionality in children and even the cardiac ailments happen later in childhood because of the genetic syndromes. There is good news that with advancement in medicines and latest technologies, it is easy to detect and to get treated.

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Types of heart disease

There are many types of heart disease and related problems:

  1. Congenital Heart Disease: It is a type of heart disease mostly found in children at the time of their birth.
  2. Arrhythmias: This disease may occur in children and causes abnormal rhythm of the heart.
  3. Heart Murmurs: In this disease there is a whooshing sound generated due to blood circulating via heart chambers, valves or via blood vessels situated near heart.
  4. Rheumatic Heart Disease: The bacteria called streptococcus which is the reason of scarlet fever and strep throat, might lead to rheumatic heart disease if left untreated.
  5. Viral Infections: Along with flu or respiratory illness, virus can cause heart diseases also.

Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease

CCHD or Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease is an issue occurs in children at birth. It causes low level of oxygen components in blood of children. A bluish tint on the skin which is known as cyanosis is the most common symptom.

Some of the issues which lead to this type of cardiac ailment include:

  1. A disturbance in the aorta
  2. A issues with the heart valves
  3. Thickened wall or fat storage on walls of ventricles

Non-Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease

Non-Cyanotic Congenital heart Disease sometimes called acyanotic heart disease is one of the classes of congenital cardiac disease. In these, the blood flows towards right side from the left side of the heart due to a hole a structural defect in the interventricular septum. In systemic blood circulation, most the times people retain regular levels of oxyhemoblobin saturation. This term is an outdated one as the patient of non-cyanotic congenital heart disease may show some of symptoms like cyanosis, which occurs due to insufficient oxygen in blood and turns blue.

Congenital Heart Diseases

Congenital heart diseases is just the other way of stating that your heart had some issues in heart’s structure when the kid born. Some of the kids might have hole in their heart or sometimes more severe problems. Though these are more serious conditions, most of the issues can be treated with the help of surgery. With the help of available latest technologies most of the dieases can be diagnosed and treated and early age.

Uncommon Heart Conditions

Some of the most uncommon health conditions are:

  1. Atherosclerosis
  2. Eisenmenger Syndrome
  3. Kawasaki Disease
  4. Pericarditis

Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Conditions

Many times medical experts can find some issues to diagnose before the baby is born, here are some methods to do the diagnosis of heart disease in children:

  1. Echocardiogram: It is a type of ultrasound that takes picture of your heart. Many types of echocardiogram are available, so ask experts what type you need.
  2. Cardiac catheterization under the guidance of expert surgeon to take x-ray video to look inside your heart
  3. Chest X-ray
  4. MRI Scan
  5. Electrocardiogram to measure electrical activity of heart

Care and Treatment

Every individual is different; there are some occurances where you might not need to undergo any treatment. Or in some cases you might require some medications, other procedures or sometimes surgery. In any case if you have CHD, you might require consulting cardiac specialist on a regular basis.

To protect oneself from heart disease, here are some things to take care of:

  1. Consult with doctor if you have congenital heart defect
  2. Talk with doctor if you have symptoms of some infections like sore throat, fever, and general body pains.

The link between heart disease and gum health

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Every year more than 600,000 people all across the world become the victim of heart every year in the US alone. Not many would know that the research has found out the link found in between this dreaded ailment along with the health of the human gums. Treating the gum ailment can help in reducing the influence of the CAD ailments. As per the 2014 study published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine, the patients who were seen treating the gum disease and thus has the reduced level of medical cost along with the hospitalization for the coronary artery disease. Hence if you are keen to avoid the heart ailments keeping a check over the oral issues can help in a big way. The following are some of the ways of doing the same as under:

Does gum disease cause heart disease?

Despite the link found between the heart ailments and gum disease, it is not evident whether one can really causes the other claims the reports of American Heart Association. The two conditions have similar kinds of risks that include diabetes, poor nutrition and smoking. However, even the non-smokers can even have the risks claims the researchers as they feel that there is some strong amount of risks that are seen in between the oral cavity and oral cavity that are seen spreading all across the body that inflate the conditions like diabetes, arthritis  and heart ailments.

Prevention is the best medicine

As said, prevention is better than cure, hence one can avoid the heart ailments with keeping a check over the oral issues as well. Prevention is the best medicine in averting a number of health conditions, which certainly include heart ailments and gum diseases. And if you any of the conditions, one can end up reducing their influence for sure.

Brush and floss regularly

This is one of the vital and key required habits of anyone who is keen to avert the same. With the daily brush and floss twice in a day can really help in keeping your healthy in terms of oral health. It helps in removing the plaque forming bacteria and yes many people are seen avoiding the floss thing but make sure it should come together and it can help in making things better.

Choose a healthy diet

One of the ways of averting the heart ailments is to choose the best and healthy diet. This should comprise of the key nutrient values especially the Vitamins A and C. At the same time one has to reduce the starches and sugar to keep things perfect.  You can further discuss with experts and dieticians to embark with the right choice in the healthy diet. Generally speaking one can consume green vegetables along with fruits to cater the same before the media.

Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco

Consuming tobacco and cigarettes is one of the ways of averting the heart ailments. The smokeless tobacco can simply help in running your gums and thus surging the chances of heart ailments. In fact, these are regarded as the foes of cigarettes and tobacco. Though the non smokers can have the heart ailments but a person with tobacco consumption and the habit of smoking can aggravate the conditions to the same extent. These things can easily ruin the gums along with boosting up the chances of having heart ailments.

Visit the dentist for regular cleanings and exams

This should be your regular exercise, which can be carried out on a regular basis. This can help in identifying the signs and symptoms of some problems, which can be diagnosed at the lower stage and thus can flush out from the life of yours. Hence this exercise becomes vital for everyone in a big way.

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Angioplasty FAQs

What is Angioplasty?

Angioplasty is actually a Greek word which means vessel shaping. This procedure is especially performed to widen the clogged arteries which are generally coronary artery. This clogging of arteries can be blocked or narrowed mostly due to peripheral arterial disorder, while there is some other cardiac disorders also which needs surgery.

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Why is Angioplasty performed?

There is just few purpose of performing angioplasty surgery. The main purpose is to widening the clogged arteries to improve proper blood circulation in the heart, and to avoid the problems like shortage of oxygen. This surgery also decreases the chance of heart attack.

Who performs Angioplasty?

This surgery is consider as a major surgery which is performed by the cardiology specialists who have experienced and extensive training is both invasive cardiology and general cardiology which has involved procedures like angioplasties and angiograms.

Where does Angioplasty take place?

The procedure of angioplasty is performed by expert surgeon at hospital in cardiology department in cardiac Catheterization Lab. The lab is a special room which is equipped with specific medical facilities which avoids transfer of special cardiac cases from one medical facility to other which has advanced imaging technology.

How long does Angioplasty take?

This procedure is not very time consuming. It takes 1 hour of time, but the patients undergo angioplasty needs addition 12-16 hours to get recover. The individual needs to have a stay at hospital for a night and can leave for the home the following day.

Types of Angioplasty:

The angioplasty surgery is divided into 4 types are completely based on the type of instrument:

  1. Balloon Angioplasty: This angioplasty surgery comprises the way of a catheter or thin tube, within a specific artery via a cut in the upper arm or leg. Then the catheter will be directed inside the clogged artery.
  2. Laser Angioplasty: The procedure of laser angioplasty and balloon angioplasty are quite similar, the only difference is that in laser angioplasty, it has the laser on its tip instead of balloon. The tip consists of the laser can directly focused on the clogged artery and gradually eliminates the plaque and that too as per the layer.
  3. Atherectomy: In this there a special instrument is used instead of a balloon is inserted against the wall of arteries which has deposits of fat. It cuts away the plaque. This Surgery is performed on more hardened artery blockages. This procedure is further divided into different types includes Extraction atherectomy, Rotational atherectomy and Directional atherectomy.
  4. Coronary stenting: This procedure is done in order to avoid the problem of closing of artery again, this condition is called restenosis.

What are the possible risks of Angioplasty?

There are no such serious complication are reported by angioplasty surgery. However, there are some complications might been seen based on individual patients:

  • Damage of blood vessel due to careless insertion of catheter
  • Feeling of discomfort at the site of insertion of catheter, sometime bleeding too
  • The dye utilized during procedure can be a cause for kidney damage
  • The patient might face the problem of arrhythmia which means irregularity of heartbeat
  • Patient up to 3-5% can face the issue of heart attack and less than 1% can face the issue of strokes
  • Cases of death during angioplasty are very rare
  • A mild chest pain can also be experienced
  • Risk can be higher in elder people age above 65 years and mostly among individuals having disorders like heart diseases, or chronic kidney disease.

Cost of Angioplasty

The type of stent utilized majorly influence the cost of angioplasty surgery. The stent cost covers around 50% of the total surgery cost. The price of the stent varies very much. Other charges that includes in the total cost of angioplasty are cost of equipment, medicine fees, charges of doctors and etc. This is why the total cost of angioplasty surgery varies.

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