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Childhood Obesity

ManipalHospitals • January 11, 20190 Comment

What is the prevalence of obesity? Obesity is rapidly becoming a common problem especially among urban children. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were about 1.6 billion overweight adults aged 15 years and above, and at least 400 million adults are obese worldwide in 2005. It is a serious public health problem that is growing in countries with low or middle income. Accordi

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Cancer Screening – What, When and How ?

ManipalHospitals • January 11, 20190 Comment

INTRODUCTION All of us know that prevention is better than cure and its importance cannot be overemphasized. However, not every disease is preventable and screening provides us with the second best option by catching them early. Although there are various definitions for screening, it can simply be summed up as detecting disease early in asymptomatic (those without any symptoms) individuals.

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Myth and Reality of Total Hip Replacement

ManipalHospitals • January 8, 20190 Comment

Hip replacement is a surgery that replaces diseased parts of the hip with artificial components. Parts of the hip is removed and fixed with artificial devices to improve hip function, increase mobility and to top it all relive excoriating pain.While hip replacements are safe and more viable options, people generally have certain myths associated with the surgery. Let’s look at some of them. 1.

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Neck and Low Back Pain

ManipalHospitals • January 2, 20190 Comment

What is pain? Pain is a protective reflex in response to an underlying injury / damage. It is only a symptom and not a disease. Treat it like a friend and not enemy. More about pain: Pain is the psychological expression of underlying actual or potential physical injury. Pain has two components - physical (injury) and psychological (expression). Stress (extreme of any emotion such as anxiety, a

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Frozen Shoulder: 'Busting The Myths'

ManipalHospitals • December 31, 20180 Comment

Frozen Shoulder is one of the many conditions afflicting the shoulder joint, resulting in pain and limited movement. Here are  few important things to know about this condition. What happens when someone gets a frozen shoulder? Frozen shoulder, also known as Adhesive Capsulitis is a condition characterized by varying degrees of pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint.  The tissues in y

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HOW CAN Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) HELP IN FIGHTING CANCER?

ManipalHospitals • December 11, 20181 Comment

Known by the shorter and much easier to remember acronym HIPEC, Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy actually constitutes one half of a two-part surgery in which it is combined with cytoreductive surgery. This treatment is used for patients who have an advanced tumour which is isolated in the peritoneal or the belly region. Initially, when there is a disease spreading in the peritoneum, do

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WHAT IS SINUSITIS?

ManipalHospitals • December 5, 20180 Comment

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissues lining the air cavities in the passages of the nose. The sinuses, which are a connected system of hollow cavities in the skull, become blocked and filled with fluid, which results in growth of germs causing an infection. It is often referred to as rhinosinusitis, since the inflammation of the sinuses almost always occurs with inflammation of the nose kno

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What You Should Know About AIDS?

ManipalHospitals • December 1, 20180 Comment

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that infects the immune system of the body and renders it vulnerable to infections and diseases. HIV attacks and destroys certain white blood cells (WBCs) called CD4+ cells. It causes a syndrome known as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which is the last stage of HIV infection. It needs to be emphasised here that HIV is the virus, and AID

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WHAT IS EPILEPSY AND HOW TO CURE THIS NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER?

ManipalHospitals • November 17, 20180 Comment

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder which causes recurrent, unprovoked seizures, which are sudden bursts of electrical activity in the brain. It occurs when the brain sends out wrong signals to the body. These seizures cause a temporary disturbance in the communication between the brain cells. The severity of seizures depends on the individual. The exact cause of the seizures is unknown,

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WHAT IS COPD? CAN SMOKING LEAD TO THIS LUNG DISEASE?

ManipalHospitals • November 15, 20180 Comment

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a term used to describe a spectrum of chronic inflammatory lung diseases that block the airflow to the lungs and makes breathing difficult.  It is caused due to long-term exposure to irritating gases and particulate matter suspended in the air, usually cigarette smoke.COPD is a progressive and irreversible disease that makes breathing difficult.

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WHAT IS LUNG CANCER AND HOW TO TREAT IT?

ManipalHospitals • November 12, 20180 Comment

Lung cancer is a disease characterized by abnormal growths, or cancers, in the lungs. Most of the lung tumours are malignant, i.e. they spread throughout the body by destroying the healthy tissues around them. Because of this, lung cancer is a very life-threatening type of cancer and one of the most difficult cancers to treat. [caption id="attachment_9183" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Brie

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DO YOU HAVE ARTHRITIS? ONE IN FIVE SUFFERS FROM JOINT PAIN

ManipalHospitals • October 23, 20180 Comment

Joints are the connections between the bones which help in movement. They also provide support to the body by bearing the weight of the different parts of the body. Joint pain is an extremely common condition. It can affect any part of the body, be it the hands, shoulders, hips, ankles, thighs etc. Joint pain is usually known as Arthritis, where the joints become inflamed because of the decrease i

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OSTEOPOROSIS: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

ManipalHospitals • October 20, 20180 Comment

The skeleton is made up of bones, which provide support and shape to the body. They protect our internal organs from external injury. Together with the muscles, strong bones enable the body to move freely. One of the most common bone-related problems that affect women is known as Osteoporosis. This is a condition where the bone density decreases, resulting in fragile bones. Osteoporosis leads to

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What Is Schizophrenia?

ManipalHospitals • October 6, 20180 Comment

Schizophrenia is a long term mental disorder where a person experiences delusions, hallucinations and other cognitive difficulties. It interferes with a person’s ability to think rationally, control his/her emotions, take decisions etc. It can involve breaks with reality and disrupt people’s thought processes and day-to-day functioning. The word ‘schizophrenia’ is derived from Greek for

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CANCER

ManipalHospitals • October 4, 20180 Comment

Cancer is dubbed as a certain category of disease that is characterized by a cell-growth that goes out-of-control. With more than 100 types of cancers known to the scientific community, it is essential to understand the things that aptly define the different variations of cancer. If you or your loved ones have been showing symptoms of cancer, make sure you plan a consultation with an oncologis

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WHAT IS BREAST CANCER AND HOW TO TACKLE IT?

ManipalHospitals • October 1, 20180 Comment

Breast Cancer: A Very Real Danger The risk of developing breast cancer exists for the entire lifetime of a woman. A recent study of breast cancer risk in Indian revealed that 1 in 28 women develop breast cancer during her lifetime.  The incidences of breast cancer are on the rise, but due to lack of timely breast health checks, 2 out of every 3 cases are diagnosed in the later stages. Signs

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ALZHEIMER’S - AN NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS THREAT

ManipalHospitals • September 25, 20185 Comment

India’s ever-growing elderly population are staring at a crisis. More than 1.5 million of them are suffering from neurological disorders i.e Alzheimer’s disease. An Alzheimer’s is a progressive, degenerative ailment of the brain which affects the memory, behaviour and thinking. The magnitude of the crisis is amplified due to the fact that till date, no definite cure or a remedy to prevent th

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10 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HEART HEALTHY

ManipalHospitals • September 20, 20180 Comment

Our heart is indeed a muscular wonder that plays an irreplaceable and invaluable role in our life and existence.  As such, its importance cannot be overstated, as a healthy heart is vital for a healthy, fruitful life. Therefore, it is very important for us to do what it takes to keep our heart going strong, for long. Here are some simple habits that we can incorporate into our daily lives: E

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Types Of Headaches And Their Remedies

ManipalHospitals • September 18, 20180 Comment

Almost everyone is familiar with the irritating pain and the throbbing sensation of headaches. What many of us may not be aware of is that there are different kinds of headache. This is important to know, because the type of treatment depends on the type of headache. A quick and an accurate treatment will provide relief faster, while an incorrect treatment procedure may have no impact at all, or w

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Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

ManipalHospitals • August 30, 20180 Comment

Heart diseases, in general, invoke a sense of fear in many. It’s even worse when it’s associated with children. Cardiac disease is a broad term that can mean different types of problems with the heart. Some of the heart conditions never show any symptoms, and are never diagnosed, while others are quite severe and life threatening at birth which requires immediate attention. Heart surgery, espe

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8 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE DURING MONSOON

ManipalHospitals • August 27, 20180 Comment

With the monsoon season continuing its vice-like grip over the country, our kids are yet again susceptible to the diseases and other complications that come along with it. Fortunately, there are some easy steps we can take to protect them from the contagion lurking around. Dress for the weather: Keep a set of loose fitting cotton clothes handy, with a jacket for the times when it gets chilly

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Monsoon Tips: What You Need To Know About Dengue

ManipalHospitals • August 20, 20180 Comment

Dengue is a viral fever caused by the bite of one of the several types of mosquitoes belonging to the genus Aedes egypti. This is a non-communicable disease i.e. it cannot spread directly from one person to another. It is transmitted by the bite of an infected day-biting female mosquito. The mosquito becomes infected when it feeds on the blood of a person infected with the virus. After an interval

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ORGAN DONATION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

ManipalHospitals • August 13, 20180 Comment

August 13 is celebrated as World Organ Donation Day. We have all at some point in our lives heard about the benefits of organ donation, and many of us might have already signed up to become donors. However, there are many queries which persist in the minds of the people regarding this noble deed. Let us now answer some of the probable questions which people ask about this procedure, and hopefully,

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Breastfeeding: Facts And Fiction

ManipalHospitals • August 5, 20180 Comment

Breastfeeding is nature’s way of giving infants a perfect food to fuel their physical and mental growth. This topic has gained a lot of traction in recent years, what with reams of online pages dedicated to eulogizing its benefits. While these are valuable sources of information, much of it can also end up confusing mothers. Let us clear the air and separate facts from fiction. Myth 1: Freque

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What Is High-Risk Pregnancy?

ManipalHospitals • July 31, 20180 Comment

Becoming a mother is one of the most special experiences in a woman’s life. The health and well-being of the fetus during the pregnancy and of the baby after giving birth depends on the health of the mother. This can be ensured through regular antenatal care. In the absence of regular health check-ups, the safety of the mother and the child may be compromised and a condition known as high-risk p

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEART SURGERY

ManipalHospitals • July 23, 20180 Comment

An open heart surgery is a surgical procedure where the chest is cut open to operate on the heart.  It is used to correct several types of heart problems such as birth defects of the heart, heart valve diseases and coronary artery disease.  It can fix problems in the heart valves and arteries, restore blood flow or replace a diseased heart altogether. An open heart surgery is a major operation a

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WHAT IS HEART ARRHYTHMIA?

ManipalHospitals • July 17, 20180 Comment

An arrhythmia is one of the most common heart ailments in the world. Heart arrhythmia is a disorder characterized by an irregular heartbeat. It occurs due to improper functioning of the electrical impulses, which govern and regulate the rate of heartbeat. This abnormal heartbeat can be of three types: Tachycardia: very fast Bradycardia: very slow Premature contraction: early heartbeat

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CARDIOMYOPATHY: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

ManipalHospitals • July 12, 20180 Comment

Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the myocardium, or the heart muscle. It is a progressive disease in which the heart muscle weakens and cannot contract adequately enough. This means it is unable to pump blood properly to the rest of the body. In this condition, the heart muscle fails in its function of supplying oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body and removal of carbon dioxide from the body. B

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CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE

ManipalHospitals • July 9, 20180 Comment

Coronary Artery Disease is the most common type of heart disease. It develops when the blood vessels that supply our heart with blood, oxygen and vital nutrients are damaged or diseased. The arteries which supply blood to the heart become hardened and narrowed due to a buildup of cholesterol and other substances known as plaque on their inner walls. This results in reduced blood flow to the arteri

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Deviated Nasal Septum: Causes And Cures

ManipalHospitals • June 30, 20180 Comment

The thin wall between the nostrils made of bone and cartilage is called the nasal septum. In case of a deviated septum, this wall appears crooked or displaced to one side. A deviated septum may be present at birth, become crooked during growth, or may be caused by an external injury to the nose or the face. When the septum is extremely deviated towards one particular side, it causes one nasal pas

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ORGAN HARVEST SAVES SEVEN LIVES

ManipalHospitals • June 29, 20180 Comment

In a heart-warming incident, seven people received a fresh lease of life, thanks to the noble gesture by the family members of a brain-dead woman after her organs were donated by the family. Nirmala Bhat, aged 51, hailing from Karkala, met with a road accident at Tellar Road, Mathr Nivas near Ravalnath Temple in Karkala on the evening of June 22. She was admitted to the Department of Neurosurgery

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7 Harmful Impacts Of Junk Food

ManipalHospitals • June 22, 20180 Comment

Junk food satisfies you for a minute, being fit satisfies you for life. As per the recent studies by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), juvenile diabetes is on the rise in cities, around 20% of school-going children in India are overweight and Indians are among the world's most depressed. According to experts, the junk food industry in India is largely responsible for the increasing incid

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THROAT CANCER

ManipalHospitals • June 18, 20180 Comment

Throat Cancer refers to the rapid, uncontrolled growth of harmful cells in the throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx) or tonsils. These abnormal cells form malignant growths called tumors. Throat cancer usually begins in the flat cells that line on the inside of the throat. TYPES OF THROAT CANCER There are many different types of throat cancer. The primary types of cancer are: • Squamous Cell C

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PAGET’S DISEASE OF BONE: CAUSES, SYMPTOMS AND CURES

ManipalHospitals • June 13, 20180 Comment

Paget’s disease of bone is a chronic disorder which interferes with the body’s normal recycling process in which the old bone tissue is replaced by new bone tissue. This is known as bone remodeling. Paget’s disease causes this recycling process to shift out of balance, resulting in formation of abnormally shaped new bones which may be weak and brittle. It usually occurs in the spine, legs, s

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

ManipalHospitals • May 25, 20180 Comment

Our kidneys perform a variety of crucial bodily functions, including blood filtration, regulation of blood pressure and hemoglobin levels. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) implies damage of permanent nature to the kidneys, which is irreversible and happens over a period of time. This disease impairs all the functions of the kidneys. This results in an increased kidney damage and worsening of blood pre

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NIPAH VIRUS OUTBREAK: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

ManipalHospitals • May 23, 20180 Comment

The entire nation in general and the state of Kerala in particular is on high alert following the outbreak of the Nipah virus infection in the state. This deadly disease has already claimed the lives of 10 people in the state, including that of a nurse who was exposed to the virus while tending to an infected patient. The Nipah virus has a mortality rate of 70 percent, making its containment a top

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MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION

ManipalHospitals • May 21, 20180 Comment

Kidney Transplantation is the best solution for any serious complications of the kidneys. Yet, in our country, there is a gross mismatch between the demand and availability of healthy kidneys. This is partly due to several misconceptions and a general lack of awareness regarding this life-saving treatment. Let’s clear some of the most common misconceptions and replace them with proven facts: My

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KIDNEY STONES: CAUSES AND TREATMENTS

ManipalHospitals • May 16, 20180 Comment

Kidney stones or renal calculi are solid deposits of crystals, usually composed of calcium oxalate, which typically occur in the kidneys, but can also develop in other parts of the urinary tract such as the bladder, urethra and the ureter. These stones can form in different sizes and are extremely painful. Our kidneys are responsible for filtering the blood and generating urine. Kidney stones a

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ENDOMETRIOSIS: CAUSES, SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

ManipalHospitals • May 14, 20180 Comment

What is Endometriosis? The tissue that lines the inside of the uterus is called endometrium. Endometriosis is a disorder where this tissue grows outside the uterus rather than inside it.  This is usually confined to the lower abdomen, or the pelvic region, such as the ovaries, lymph nodes, peritoneum and the fallopian tubes, but in rare cases, may spread beyond the pelvic organ.  This displac

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

ManipalHospitals • May 3, 20180 Comment

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition affecting women’s endocrine system, which is responsible for regulating various body processes by secretion of hormones. • It usually affects women during their childbearing years which adversely affects their ability to have a child. • Women with PCOS may experience irregular menstrual cycle

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9 TIPS TO PREVENT SKIN CANCER

ManipalHospitals • April 27, 20180 Comment

Skin cancer is one of the most widespread cancers in the world. It is almost always curable when detected and treated early.  Now that summer is upon us, it is time to be aware of some of the precautions that we can take to prevent the onset of skin cancer. The right sunscreen: Just picking a random sunscreen off the shelves of a supermarket is not enough. Look for details like a broad range

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NEUROENDOCRINE CANCER EXPLAINED

ManipalHospitals • April 24, 20180 Comment

Neuroendocrine cancer is a rare form of cancer, but one which has gained a lot of coverage in the news in the recent times, with a prominent Bollywood actor reportedly being afflicted with this condition. Endocrine cells are those that produce and release hormones. A neuroendocrine tumor originates in the body’s neuroendocrine system which consists of the hormone-producing endocrine cells and

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Everything You Need To Know About Liver Transplant

ManipalHospitals • April 20, 20180 Comment

The largest internal organ in the human body, the liver is an important component of the digestive system.  It is located below the diaphragm on the right side of the abdomen. It performs a variety of functions, including the production of bile, which helps in absorption of fats, fat-soluble vitamins and cholesterol, detoxification of the blood, processing of nutrients, and producing proteins whi

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What You Need To Know About Bone Marrow Transplantation

ManipalHospitals • April 16, 20180 Comment

Bone marrow is the soft, spongy tissue located inside the bones which produces the blood cells: red and white blood cells and platelets. The marrow also contains unspecialized Hematopoietic Stem Cells. These cells can turn into many other types of cells such as bone marrow cells or any type of blood cells. Some cancers can prevent these stem cells from developing normally. Bone Marrow Transplan

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All You Need To Know About Bariatric Surgery

ManipalHospitals • April 9, 20180 Comment

Being overweight is no longer treated as a mere lifestyle issue. Today, obesity is considered as nothing short of a disease, and a very dangerous one at that, as it is often a precursor to a host of other complications, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and many others. Bariatric surgery resets the set point of the healthy weight in a person. Essentially, it helps bring back the patient from

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Everything You Need To Know About Kidney Transplants

ManipalHospitals • April 6, 20180 Comment

Kidneys are fist-sized, bean-shaped organs located on either side of the spine which are indispensable for the proper functioning of the human body. They perform the critical function of regulating the body’s salt, potassium and acid levels, and expelling the wastes and excess fluids from the body in the form of urine. What is Kidney Transplantation and what is the eligibility criterion for don

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Everything You Need To Know About Cardiac Transplant

ManipalHospitals • March 30, 20180 Comment

Heart transplant, also known as Cardiac transplant, is a surgical process in which the damaged or diseased heart is replaced with a healthy heart from a donor. It is used to treat the most serious cases of heart disease when all the other options such as medication, lifestyle changes and less invasive procedures haven’t been successful. The patient’s medical condition is thoroughly evaluat

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Life-Saving Steps In The Event Of A Heart Attack

ManipalHospitals • March 27, 20180 Comment

Heart attacks are becoming increasingly common in our country. According to the Indian Heart Association, 50% of all the heart attacks in Indians occur under 50 years of age and 25% of all the heart attacks in Indians occur under 40 years of age, with the urban population being three times more susceptible than people living in villages.  Given such disturbing statistics, it is prudent to know so

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Everything You Need To Know About Cardiac Arrest

ManipalHospitals • March 23, 20180 Comment

A Cardiac Arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest or circulatory arrest is a sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, where the heart suddenly stops pumping blood to the body, usually because of a problem with the electrical signals in the heart. When this happens, the brain is deprived of oxygen due to which a person may become unconscious. Although it is widely confused with a heart at

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Here’s How You Can Reduce Your Blood Pressure

ManipalHospitals • March 21, 20180 Comment

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, there are several measures you can take to ensure your health condition doesn’t worsen, including lifestyle changes, medications and many more. Here are some ways by which you can bring those numbers down: The DASH diet: Following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypert

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