The Standard Chartered Marathon has become an annual pilgrimage for me. As for thousands of runners across the city; some just challenging themselves to finish the course of the marathon; some challenging themselves to do it in better timing and achieve their personal best. Into my fifth half marathon effort, I just asked myself can... Continue Reading →

COPD – never too early, never too late.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. It is caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter from pollution such as cigarette smoke. In India, besides cigarette smoke, air pollution and other environmental risk factors are also a leading cause of COPD. People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and a variety of other conditions.

Post-stroke Physiotherapy: Vital to recovery

Neurological rehabilitation is an important part of recovery after stroke. Physiotherapists play a key role in the multidisciplinary healthcare team while the patients are in the hospital and afterwards. The goal of Physiotherapy is to promote active recovery by retraining their healthy brain cells to control the affected body part/s and relearn the skills lost due to brain damage.

Silent Stroke – small stroke, big damage

A type of stroke termed silent stroke is harder to spot; creates areas of damage in the brain where the area of dead brain cells are smaller than with a traditional stroke, but they can still have a significant and lasting impact on memory. During a silent stroke, the interruption of blood flow is to a small part of the brain that does not control any key function; so at times, the person may not know they have had a stroke.

What is a Stroke?

Different areas of the brain are responsible for different functions. The symptoms of stroke depend on the area affected. Symptoms can be changes in sensation, movement, sight, speech, balance, and coordination.

Obesity and Cardiac Arrest in the young

A sudden cardiac arrest is the result of defective electrical activity of the heart. Patients may have little or no warning, and the disorder usually causes instantaneous death. A heart attack -- myocardial infarction -- typically is caused by clogged coronary arteries that reduce blood flow to the heart muscle.

Occasionally, a combination of medications being taken together, react with each other are absorbed into the body differently and that can cause imbalance.

Cholestrol and the heart

The common causes of high cholesterol are an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and smoking. Eating foods rich in saturated fats, trans fats, and easily digested carbohydrates boost LDL.

Q&A with Principal, K J Somaiya College of Physiotherapy

The new building for Physiotherapy has been built to address the growing needs of the city. When patients come for physiotherapy, they are often in a situation, where their bodies are facing several challenges. Rehabilitation needs the mind and body to work together. The facility has been designed to give the patients a place where they get motivated and in touch with nature. It is a matter of pride for us to be the largest and perhaps the most well-designed Physiotherapy institution in the city.

Second-Hand Smoke too damages the heart

Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and can cause coronary heart disease and stroke. Further, the smoke interferes with the normal functioning of the heart, blood, and vascular systems, increasing the risk of having a heart attack.

Hypertension- the silent killer!

High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer” because a person with High BP, may not experience any symptoms. It could take years or even decades for the condition to reach levels that are severe enough for the symptoms to become obvious.

Asthma Emergency

Asthma Emergency A severe asthma attack could be life-threatening. In case of an asthma flare-up, the symptoms worsen, demanding an immediate medical attention. Recognise the signs of an asthma attack.

7 ways to keep your eyes healthy this summer

Here are a few tips you should follow to keep your eyes healthy and infection-free, during the summers While swimming, wear swimming goggles to prevent chlorine allergies and swimming pool conjunctivitis, which is caused by the chlorine that is added to the water to keep the water clean. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses... Continue Reading →

5 Habits for a healthy back

Maintaining the correct posture is very important for a healthy back. A chair with good lumbar support and a firm seat should be chosen. A small pillow between the lower back and the chair can help in avoiding back pain. The workspace should be arranged smartly, to avoid a lot of twisting while reaching out for frequently used items.

6 simple ways to take care of your Heart

The risk of heart diseases is increasing gradually. Sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, and physical inactivity are major contributors to the increased risk of heart diseases. To reduce risk, there is a need to keep the heart fit and healthy.

World Health Day 2018

  • Universal health coverage is about ensuring all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. • “Universal” in UHC means “for all”, without discrimination, leaving no one behind. Everyone everywhere has a right to benefit from health services they need without falling into poverty when... Continue Reading →

Worms not only inhabit the small intestine of humans leading to anaemia and intestinal obstruction but can even infect the brain, liver, lung and muscle. Hookworms can infest through penetration of skin. Proper hygiene, hand washing and sanitation play an important role in preventing such diseases.

ZERO TOLERANCE TO FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

FGM has no health benefits rather it harms girls and women in many ways. Its immediate complications are severe pain, excessive bleeding, genital tissue swelling, fever, infections, urinary problems, injury to surrounding genital tissue, shock and death.

What you should know about Menopause

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months. The average age for menopause is 48-51 years, but it might vary from early 30s to late 60s. The stages before and after menopause are defined as Perimenopause and Postmenopause respectively.

TREAD CAREFULLY

KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THE FEET IS A CRUCIAL PART OF DIABETES SELF-CARE. K J Somaiya Hospital experts offer tips on foot care. Call our experts today at 61124800 ext 4882 to make your appointment.

A guide to help you detect health problems early when they are most treatable. Your doctor can modify or add to these recommendations based on your medical history and personal risk factors.

PATIENT SAFETY AND NURSE

Patient safety is a discipline that emphasises safety in health care through the prevention, reduction, reporting, and analysis of medical error that often leads to adverse effects. Errors continue to put millions of patients at risk annually, but nurses are in a position to prevent many mistakes and improve patient outcomes. Following are JCI's International... Continue Reading →

Joint Replacement

People with severe joint pain, limitation in movements,  stiffness, weakness of muscle,  limp, or a swelling are considered for joint replacement surgery . In advanced stages, patients may have trouble with regular activities such as walking, climbing stairs, putting on shoes, and getting into and out of cars.

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