A rare tumour of the heart

K J Somaiya Hospital Super Special Centre has gained a reputation for treating complex heart conditions. We share one such patient case. Diagnosing an LA Myxoma can be difficult because of its rarity and the varied presentation, and needs expertise and experience to diagnose and treat one in time.

Are you ready for a medical emergency?

You may not be available to provide needed information in an emergency. While you cannot predict when an emergency may happen, you can be prepared. Make sure that key health information is up to date, accurate and handy.

What are Varicose & Spider veins

Veins are blood vessels that carry blood from your body's tissues to your heart. Veins have one-way valves that help keep blood flowing toward your heart. If the valves are weak or damaged, blood can back up and pool in the veins causing the veins to swell leading to varicose veins. Varicose can appear anywhere,... Continue Reading →

Laughter’s healing benefits

One of the best feelings in the world is a deep-rooted belly laugh shared with your family and friends. Smiling and laughing helps break the ice in awkward settings, brings people together and establishes amazing new connections. Everything from a slight giggle to a side-splitting guffaw can change the atmosphere from chilly unfamiliarity to a... Continue Reading →

Laughing does you good

Whether you are laughing at a comedy act on TV or giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. When you start to laugh, it stimulates physical changes in your body. • Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your... Continue Reading →

Food tips for Diabetics

For people with Type 2 diabetes, managing the diet can go a long way in regulating blood sugar and make you feel full longer.

Carbohydrate foods like bread, cereals, rice, desserts, etc., can cause an increase in blood sugar levels.

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 →

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