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Chandigarh Rally: Modi attacks opposition for parliament fracas, causes disruption for Aam Aadmi

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source: timesofindia
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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The current imbroglio caused by the opposition in Parliament has now been attributed to “some people’s egos” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while also saying that he would take the obstruction to the people’s parliament and let them decide on the contentious issue.

“People of this country will never forgive political parties for their conduct in parliament. Some people, due to their ego, did not let the parliament function. This is most unfortunate.

“I have come here to say that the Jan Sabha (people’s parliament) is bigger than the Lok Sabha. I am taking my Lok Sabha case to the Jan Sabha of people,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a public rally organised in Chandigarh.

However, the four-hour-long visit during which the Prime Minister inaugurated Chandigarh airport’s new civil terminal and addressed the convocation of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) itself created disruptions for the people.

Nearly 200 schools were ordered shut in Chandigarh on Friday even as the police blocked roads to ensure smooth movement of Modi’s cavalcade. Access to critical healthcare services were visibly slowed down with ambulances being directed to long detours to reach hospitals.

The main cremation ground in sector 25, located next to the ground where Modi addressed the rally on Friday afternoon, too was out of bounds for people. Cremation of loved ones could only be done at the cremation grounds in nearby Mohali and Mani Majra.

Chandigarh traffic jam
Chandigarh traffic jam     source: tribuneindia

Later, to address the aam aadmi’s grievances, Modi expressed regret over the harassment and inconvenience caused.

“The inconvenience caused to the citizens of Chandigarh, especially shutting of schools, due to my visit is regretted and was totally avoidable.

“An inquiry will be held and responsibility fixed for the inconvenience caused to the people of Chandigarh,” Modi tweeted.

On the other side, during the rally, Modi raised a wide array of issues afflicting the Indian state and urged the people to question their MP’s before voting for them.

“We are running the government to take the country forward and attain development. You have given us the clear majority to run the government. Without bothering for the 400 MP’s in Lok Sabha, 40 people (MP’s) created obstacles in the development of this country. This was an insult to the democracy in this country,” Modi said.

On the recent decision of One Rank, One Pension for ex-servicemen (OROP), Modi said credit should not be given to the government but to “the poor and common people” and added that though the amount incurred was not less, it was “small when seen in light of the sacrifices made by our soldiers”.

Shifting his attention to the health sector at the 34th convocation of the PGIMER, Modi told the medical fraternity that people were now moving from treatment of illness towards achieving wellness.

Doctors who focus on patients were more successful than those who focus on the disease. Be compassionate (to patients) as doctors. Common people consider you as gods. Address wellness and well-being, not the illness alone.

“Things are changing in our society. People want to be away from medicines. Yoga is one tool to achieve that,” Modi, the yoga propounder said.

Besides emphasising on wellness, Modi reminded doctors about the obligation to their motherland.

“Many of you must have ready passports or have applied for visa. But you have an obligation towards the poor of its country,” Modi said.

Modi made the most of the inflexion date of the convocation with the 9/11 attacks by relating death and life, both choices that we have the power to make.

“To kill is very easy, but to keep someone alive or to give life is more important. You doctors are doing that,” Modi concluded with the inspirational play of words.

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Doctors Feel Blessed on New Heart Health Tools in Apple Watch in India

The medical fraternity on Friday welcomed the arrival of the ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch for users in India

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"The results can be shared with the doctors so that any major complication can be averted." Pixabay

The medical fraternity on Friday welcomed the arrival of the ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch for users in India, stressing that it will make people more aware about their heart health.

Although the Apple Watch will not provide a final conclusion into whether a person is actually suffering from Atrial fibrillation (AFib) — irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clot formation in the heart which then embolises to the brain causing stroke — the readings will make more Indians consult their physicians about their heart health, doctors feel.

Although accurate worldwide estimates are lacking, calculations suggest that over one per cent of the adult population is affected in the developed world, wrote Vijay Bohra, Gautam Sharma and Rajnish Juneja from Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in their research.

“In our country, there is virtually no data on AF (AFib), most of the data that has been derived is from international studies with an Indian cohort,” the trio wrote, adding that there is “indeed a dearth of data on epidemiologic outcomes in patients of rheumatic AF in the country leading to inconsistent practice patterns as regards medical therapy, especially oral anticoagulation”.

According to Mukesh Goel, Senior Consultant, Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, AFib is more prone in those patients who are predisposed to have AFib and stroke.

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Comparisons between irregular pulse-detection on Apple Watch and simultaneous electrocardiography patch recordings showed the pulse detection algorithm has 71 per cent positive predictive value. Pixabay

“Generally, we do holter monitoring (a small, wearable device that keeps track of your heart rhythm) or extended holter monitoring which is a 24-hour ECG monitoring system, to detect AFib in the patients. However, it is not always necessary that these 2-3 episodes of AFib will occur during the time of the holter monitoring,” Goel told IANS.

Hence, in such cases, Apple Watch will be playing a vital role in detecting AFib in time, he added.

“Having said this, a person must wear the Watch both during day and night so that the occurrence of AFib is detected well in time,” Goel suggested.

New electrodes built into the back crystal and Digital Crown on Apple Watch Series 4 or later, work together with the ECG app to enable customers to take an ECG similar to a single-lead reading.

To take an ECG recording at any time or following an irregular rhythm notification, hold their finger on the Digital Crown. As the user touches the Digital Crown, the circuit is completed and electrical signals across their heart are measured.

After 30 seconds, the heart rhythm is classified as either AFib, sinus rhythm or inconclusive.

Sanjiv Bhardwaj, Associate Director, Department of Interventional Cardiology at Jaypee Hospital Noida said that smartwatches and fitness bands are now playing a vital role in updating the users about their heart health and the possible risk factors related to cardiovascular diseases.

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Apple Watch will help identify AF and rhythm disorders and this will surely help in early identification of disease. Pixabay

“Advanced and modern features like an ECG app and irregular heart rhythm monitor will surely be a huge help to the users. They can easily get the notifications about their heart rhythm and its classification in less than a minute.

“The results can be shared with the doctors so that any major complication can be averted,” Bhardwaj told IANS.

With watchOS 6, the irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch Series 4 and the upcoming Series 5 on September 27 will use the optical heart sensor to occasionally check the user’s heart rhythm in the background for signals of an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be AFib.

If irregular heart rhythm such as AFib is identified on five rhythm checks over a minimum of 65 minutes, a notification will be generated to alert the user.

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“Technology is moving at lightning speed and Apple is surely abreast with it. Rhythm identification via the phone is no longer a dream,” said Aparna Jaswal, Associate Director, Cardiology & Electrophysiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi.

“Apple Watch will help identify AF and rhythm disorders and this will surely help in early identification of disease,” she said.

The irregular rhythm notification feature was recently studied in the Apple Heart Study. With over 400,000 participants, the Apple Heart Study was the largest screening study on atrial fibrillation ever conducted. (IANS)