Smoking hasn’t decreased despite knowing the fact that ‘smoking is injurious to health.’ Smoking can cause mortality not only in elderly but also in younger populations; moreover, a non-smoker can also be affected by passive smoking. Smoking cessation is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and prevention of diseases; therefore, a physician who advocates…

Last week I was sharing professional stories on the sidelines of a conference at Lucknow with a friend of mine from Chennai. My friend who is a reputed Cardiologist was unhappy about a patient story he had experienced a few weeks ago. Mr. SA, 43-year male presented with a history of chest pain of one-hour…

This evening I had a situation at Latur (I run my out reach cath lab every Wednesday), where a patient travelled from Bhosiri (near Mumbai) to Latur to get an angiogram done by me. He was so pleased to meet me on the cath lab table and had travelled 600 km to get the procedure…

It is a common strategy for people to skip breakfast because they are in a hurry or want to lose weight or feel lazy to cook breakfast. About one third of people world-wide skip breakfast. Back in 1917, Lenna Frances Cooper authored an article in Good Health magazine “in many ways the breakfast is the most important meal of…

Yesterday, a 71-year active male hypertensive reformed smoker approached seeking my opinion for management of atrial fibrillation using an appendage closure device. He is a retired IAS officer working as a Consultant with an active life style. He has been on Dabigatran for prevention of stroke and wanted a device to obviate the need for…

A recent article published in Times of India, Sunday 24 March 2019, headlined “Now Chembur Hospital Doc Says Goodbye to Stents, Blood Thinners, “Near Infrared Light Looks Inside Heart Arteries.” Is it true? The Times article describes the case of three acute heart attack patients, two in their 20s and one in her 30s, all admitted with acute…

What is Ambulatory BP Monitoring? Ambulatory BP monitoring is measuring the blood pressure while an individual is moving around, leading a normal life. Ambulatory blood pressure is usually monitored up to 24 hours. When is Ambulatory BP Monitoring recommended? Ambulatory BP monitoring is not required for all hypertensive patients. It is indicated in certain individual…

Chronic Total Occlusion of Coronaries Do we need to open them up? Erectile Dysfunction and Cardiovascular Diseases: What every physician need to know? Mechanical Valves VS Bioprosthetic Valves How to choose? Lead aVR on ECG: What can be interpreted? Heart Failure – Which broad sub group I am dealing with? Digital doctor – The two…

hearty life

Hearty Life March 2017 Edition Volume-3, Issue-03 1. Capping of Stent Prices – A game changer The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has announced on the 13 February 2017 that the price of the stent has been fixed at Rupees seven thousand five hundred for bare metal stent and twenty nine thousand six hundred (plus…

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