Q & A about your Heart

I came across this useful information about Heart-Health through one of my professor’s Facebook page , thus I thought I should share it with you all guys. Just go through it, it is very beneficial.

A chat with Dr. Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Famous Heart Specialist) Bangalore, was arranged by WIPRO for its employees. The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.

Q: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?
A:
1. Diet – Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise – Half an hour’s walk, at least five days a week;
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control BP – Blood pressure and Sugar

Q: Can we convert fat into muscles?

A: It is a dangerous myth. Fat and muscles are made of two different tissues, fat is fat … Ugly and harmful… Muscle is muscle. Fat can never be converted into a muscle.

Q: It’s still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person
gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?

A: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Q: Are heart diseases hereditary?

A: Yes.

Q: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?

A: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Q: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

A: Walking is better than jogging, since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints.

Q: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?

A: Mother Teressa, who was my patient.

Q: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?

A: Extremely rare.

Q: Does cholesterol accumulate right from an early age (I’m currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

A: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Q: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?

A: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body’s enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Q: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

A: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

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

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

Q: Which oil is better – groundnut, sunflower, olive?

A: Oils do no good for humans.

Q: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?

A: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

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

A: 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.

Q: 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.

A: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, sedentary 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.

Please, don’t hoard knowledge.
Do share it with all your friends and relatives.

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