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A Chat with Dr. Devi Shetty (Heart Specialist) - Very Useful!




Have a good and healthy life folks..

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty,Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart

Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its

employees .The transcript of the chat is given below.

Useful for everyone.


Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take

care of his heart?

Ans:
1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts
and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control blood pressure and sugar

Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?

Ans: No

Qn: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently

healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand

it in perspective?

Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend

everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health

checkups.

Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?

Ans: Yes

Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed?

What practices do you suggest to de-stress?

Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for

perfection in everything in life.

Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive

exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging

leads to early fatigue and injury to joints

Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy.

What has inspired you to do so?

Ans: Mother Theresa , who was my patient

Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer

heart diseases?

Ans: Extremely rare

Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an

early age (I'm currently only 2 2 ) or do you have

to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?

Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular

and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using

medicines?

Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?

Ans: Yoga helps.

Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?

Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.

Qn: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?

Ans: All oils are bad .

Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through?

Is there any specific test?

Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok.

Check BP,Treadmill test after an echo.

Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?

Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position , place an aspirin

tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available,

and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum

casualty takes place within the first hour.

Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by

a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?

Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart

problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about

30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious

heart problems.

Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also,

edentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise

in a country where people are genetically three times

more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans

and Americans.

Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the

normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

Ans: Yes.

Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart

problems for the child. Is it true?

Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities

and you may not have a software engineer as a child

Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many

a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this

affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend?

Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all

these irregularities. However, as you grow older,

respect the biological clock.

Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other

complications (short / long term)?

Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However,

modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?

Ans : No.

Qn: How would you define junk food?

Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even

masala dosas.

Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more

vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and

Americans also eat a lot of junk food?

Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and

unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most

expensive disease.

Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?

Ans : No.

Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack

(Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?

Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet

of any description under the tongue and ask someone

to take you to the nearestcoronary care unit without any

delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of

the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low

hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?

Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin

level to increase your exercise capacity.

Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not

able to exercise. So,does walking while doing daily

chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house,

work as a substitute for exercise?

Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than

half an hour and even the act of getting out of the

chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?

Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more

vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of

after a heart operation?


Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control

cholesterol, BP, weight..

Qn: Are people working on night shifts more

vulnerable to heart diseasewhen compared to

day shift workers?

Ans : No.

Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?

Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor

will chose the right combination for your problem,

but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for

natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk,

diet to reduce weight and changing attitudes

towards lifestyles.

Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase

the risk of heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men

than in women?

Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45.

Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?

Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday,

do not smokeand, go for health checkups if you are past

the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended) ....

Send it to all your nearest and dearest ...which should be many........ ..


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