New Delhi, May 16, 2017: More than 50 per cent physicians have been found to have uncontrolled hypertension or high blood pressure (BP) despite taking hypertensive medicines, owing to high-stress levels, a study has showed.
Hypertension is one of the most common lifestyle diseases prevalent today with one in three Indian adults suffering from it and is equally high amongst the medical fraternity.
However, it is often misdiagnosed given the difference in blood pressure readings at home and in a clinical setting.
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The findings found that 56 percent of doctors suffered from irregular BP at night and 21 percent from masked hypertension — a condition in which a patient’s blood pressure reading is inaccurate due to specific environments.
This masked hypertension is also associated with an increased long-term risk of sustained hypertension and cardiovascular morbidity, the study said.
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“Over 50 per cent physicians had uncontrolled hypertension despite taking hypertensive medicines. While 21 per cent of the doctors surveyed had masked hypertension or isolated ambulatory hypertension, another 56 per cent doctors suffered from irregular BP pattern at night making them prone to future adverse cardiac events,” said Indian Medical Association (IMA) Presidet K.K. Aggarwal.
For the study, the team took nearly 20,000 readings of 533 doctors.
The study aimed to raise awareness about the benefits of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) — where the BP of the patient is continuously evaluated over a period of 24 hours — in the timely and correct diagnosis of hypertension. (IANS)
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BY: Naveen Shukla, Dr Vishal Sharma, Dr Nikhila Venugopal. Nature Care Ayurveda
Ayurveda, the offspring of Atharvaveda and appreciated as the fifth Veda is the holistic system of medicine to promote health and to prevent diseases. This wonderful science has put up the Indian culture into great heights and is still a recollection of the cultural heritage. The powerful logic and philosophy which provides a link between the living and non living matters of the universe, is still appreciable in the current era .This Indian system of medicine has laid principles and methods of treatment for the chronic illnesses where there is no definite curative treatment and symptomatic relief is the only existing treatment solution.
The beauty of Ayurveda lies in the factor that when a patient comes to an Ayurvedic doctor the root cause or the Nidhana is being focused leading to the pathology and pathogenesis. This systematic modality of how beautiful a disease is being portrayed and it’s treatment accordingly is the greatest achievement in curing the chronic illness.
Ayurveda gives importance and corrects the improper food habits, suppression of natural urges, irregular daily regimen, seasonal regimen; psychological factors like fear stress anxiety which is a striking factor in a disease manifestation.
Being a whole body and mind oriented science, Ayurveda focuses on almost all of the bodily functions associated with heat, and its imbalances, nervous imbalance, functions of digestive tract and also controls structure, metabolism, and fluid balance of the body.
Ayurveda is gaining its importance and value because of its therapeutic value too. In the olden days, man lived very close to nature and cured himself by the materials from the nature which were considered to be the potent herbs which can do wonders as it possess infinite potencies.
The total balance of the environment, mind, body and spirit promotes Ayurveda achieve its goal towards a complete human wellness. As explained, the season and the regimens followed play an indispensable role in relation to the human body as Ayurveda considers that each season has its own value due to the dominance and aggravation of the specific dosha.
This autumn also provides some recommendation commencing from choosing a particular food and daily activity to balance the bodily transition and seasonal change. Being governed by pitta and vata, steps must be taken to keep them in balance. Foods that promote warmth and increases the moisture content of the body is highly appreciated.
The commonly used spices in most kitchen like cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom etc are known to pacify the overpowered Vata. Health is at its best during the Autumn, if oily, raw and junk foods are avoided as it hampers the digestive tract creating to many illness. Warm fluid does provide a soothing reaction to the sluggish digestive tract.
The other regimens to be followed will add to its benefit when consulted by a doctor as the series of pros-cons checklist is assessed with your constitution and the daily habits. Thus the autumn gifts you an individualized healthy package of the right diet and lifestyle.
Roots of Ayurveda are so deep that its ultimate aim is a healthy body, mind and longevity. Efforts have been constantly put to elevate and preserve the great science of life- Ayurveda. We can proudly say Ayurveda as our heritage and pride which will keep flowing on to generations.with this sole aim of promoting a good health. (Originally Published: Hindu Council of Australia)