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A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty, NarayanaHrudayalaya Heart Specialist)

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 Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees.

The transcript of the chat is given below.

Useful for everyone.

Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to

take care of his heart?

Ans:

1. Diet – Less of carbohydrate, more of

protein, less oil


2. Exercise – Half an hour’s walk, at least five days

a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime


3. Quit smoking


4. Control weight


5. Control blood pressure and sugar

Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for

the heart?

Ans: No

Qn: It’s still a grave shock to hear that some

apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest.

How do we understand it in perspective?

Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why

we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to

undergo routine health checkups.

Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?

Ans: Yes

Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is

stressed? What practices do you suggest to

de-stress?

Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do

not look for perfection in everything in life.

Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more

intensive exercise required to keep a healthy

heart?


Ans: Walking is better than jogging since

jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints

Qn: You have done so much for the poor and

needy. What has inspired you to do so?

Ans: Mother Theresa , who was my patient

Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer

heart diseases?

Ans: Extremely rare

Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an

early age (I’m currently only 22) or do you have to

worry about it only after you are above 30 years

of age?

Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?

Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body’s enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?

Ans: Yoga helps.

Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?

Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.

Qn: Which oil is better – groundnut, sunflower, olive?

Ans: All oils are bad .

Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?

Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar,cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?

Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position ,

place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a

sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a

coronary care unit since the maximum casualty

takes place within the first hour.

Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?

Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in

heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people

of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks

and serious heart problems.

Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents.

Also, s edentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack

of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

Ans: Yes.

Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?

Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child

Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine

and many a times we have to stay late nights

in office. Does this affect our heart ? What

precautions would you recommend?

Ans : When you are young, nature protects

you against all these irregularities. However,

as you grow older, respect the biological

clock.

Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause

some other complications (short / long term)?

Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?

Ans : No.

Qn: How would you define junk food?

Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala dosas.

Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?

Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?

Ans : No.

Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?

Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin

tablet of any description under the tongue and ask

someone to take you to the nearest coronary care

unit without any delay and do not wait for the

ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance

does not turn up.

Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?

Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise.

So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or

climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?

Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?

Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?

Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?

Ans : No.

Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?

Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your

doctor will chose the right combination for your

problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs

and go for natural ways of controlling blood

pressure by walk, diet to reduce weight and

changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase

the risk of heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men

than in women?

Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45.

Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?

Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday,

do not smoke and, go for health checkups

if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended) ….

Share it with all your friends……. They might be benefitted……

A beautiful Madam was having trouble with one of her students in 1st Grade class. Madam asked,’Boy. what is your problem?’  

Boy answered, ‘I’m too smart for the first-grade.My sister is in the third-grade and I’m smarter than she is! I think I should be in the 4th Grade!’  


Madam had enough. She took the Boy to the principal’s office. While the Boy waited in the outer office, madam explained to the principal what the situation was. The principal told Madam he would give the boy a test and if he failed to answer any of his
questions he was to go back to the first-grade and behave.She agreed.  


the Boy was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test.  

Principal: ‘What is 3 x 3?’
Boy.: ‘9’.  


Principal: ‘What is 6 x 6?’
Boy.: ’36’.  


And so it went with every question the principal thought a 4th grade should know. The principal looks at Madam and tells her, ‘I think Boy can go to the 4th grade.’  


Madam says to the principal, ‘I have some of my own questions.


Can I ask him ?’ The principal and Boy both agreed.  


Madam asks, ‘What does a cow have four of that I have only two of’?


Boy, after a moment ‘Legs.’  

Madam: ‘What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?’ 
 


Boy.: ‘Pockets.’  

Madam: What starts with a C and ends with a T, is hairy, oval,
delicious and contains thin whitish liquid?   

 


Boy.: Coconut  


Madam: What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft And sticky?

The principal’s eyes open really wide and before he could stop the answer, Boy was taking charge.  

Boy.: Bubblegum  


Madam: What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and a dog does on three legs?

The principal’s eyes open really wide and before he could stop the answer…  

Boy.: Shake hands


Madam: You stick your poles inside me. You tie me down to get  me up. I get wet before you do.   

 


Boy.: Tent  

Madam: A finger goes in me. You fiddle with me when you’re bored. The best man always has me first.

The Principal was looking restless, a bit tense and took one large Patiala Vodka peg.   
 


Boy.: Wedding Ring  


Madam: I come in many sizes. When I’m not well, I drip. When you blow me, you feel good.   

 


Boy.: Nose  

Madam: I have a stiff shaft. My tip penetrates. I come with a quiver.  

Boy.: Arrow  


Madam: What word starts with a ‘F’ and ends in ‘K’ that means lot of heat and excitement?   

 


Boy.: Fire truck  

Madam: What word starts with a ‘F’ and ends in ‘K’ & if u don’t get it, u have to use ur hand.   
 


Boy.: Fork  

Madam: What is it that all men have one of it’s longer on some men than on others, the pope doesn’t use his and a man gives it to his wife after they’re married?  

Boy.: SURNAME.


Madam: What part of the man has no bone but has muscles, has lots of veins, like pumping, & is responsible for making love ?   

 


Boy.: HEART.  

The principal breathed a sigh of relief and said to the teacher,  

‘Send this Boy to
IIM AHMEDABAD,
I got the last ten questions wrong myself!’.

Enhancing natural landscapes with “super”-natural light

This article is not about “painter of light” Thomas Kinkade, but rather less-established and extremely talented photographers, who use dynamic electric light patterns to enhance the nature’s given landscapes, or our bleak industrial environments. In every case something luminous and strangely mesmerizing is brought “to light”, transforming the photograph into an entirely different experience, and making our hearts beat faster.

It all started with Eric Staller

Eric Staller is a sculptor more known for the permanent artwork in public places, but also for his experimentation with light. His light drawings and sculptures date as far back as the late 70s (definitely in-line with the disco-era sensibilities). He was perhaps the first photographer to paint light into live urban environment:

Some of these New York light-scapes still look like perfect examples of the technique. Simply glorious, after all these years.

No Lens, Only Intricate Light

Alan Jaras (aka “Reciprocity”) captures surreal refraction patterns of light, passing through molded plastic. Amazingly, these photos are made the “natural way”, without the use of a camera lens, or retouching by Photoshop. His flickr photostream is one of the most interesting and adventurous on the web.


“Spicules of Light” by Alan Jaras

Light Among the Ruins

Abandoned & ghastly places achieve a new license to life with these urban light explorations. The nameless artists responsible for these “graffitis of light” perhaps live somewhere nearby and make it their creative statement to turn ugly venues into canvases of “cleansing” light.

Some other examples of “painting with light”:


(image credit: Sashnone)


(image credit: Kurbaga)


(original unknown)

Mystery and Melancholy of a Street

One word: “heavenly”. This is how you can describe the apparitions created by group LICHTFAKTOR. We already wrote about their previous works, but it seems that angels of creativity continue to bestow their visitations upon this enlightened urban clan. They go into the night and return with transcendental glowing creations… like these:


(image credit: LICHTFAKTOR)

Spiritual Glow

Dean Chamberlain takes the inherent glow that all mysterious worship places evoke in our heart, and brings it to the screen – his temple & palace interiors are uplifting and mystifying at the same time:

Do you like seaside? Now you do.

It’s impossible not to fall in love with the sea and the coast when seeing photography of Toby Keller, aka BurnBlue. His light painting technique is often subtle, and it’s hard to tell where the natural light ends and the “super”-natural light begins. Waves provide the long-exposure soft glow, and deep blue ghost-like apparitions seem to lure us, mere mortals, into their marvelous portals, and into an infinite light. (you have to excuse my purple prose, these photos are simply too magical).

And yet, no matter how skillful you are as a painter, natural light is still the winner. Here is very evocative shot of moonlight at sea:

and a riot of colors during sunset:


Jack and Max are walking from religious service. Jack wonders whether it would be all right to smoke while praying.


Max replies, “Why don’t you ask the Priest?”


So Jack goes up to the Priest and asks, “
Father, may I smoke while I pray ?”


The Priest replies, “No, my son, you may not! That’s utter disrespect to our religion.”


Jack goes back to his friend and tells him what the good Priest told him.


Max says, “I’m not surprised. You asked the wrong question. Let me try.”

And so Max goes up to the Priest and asks, “Father, may I pray while I smoke ?”

To which the Priest eagerly replies, “By all means, my son. By all means. You can always pray whenever you want to.”


Moral of the story is …. The reply you get depends on the question you ask.


For example, if you want a vacation when still working on a project don’t ask for the holiday;


Ask: “Can I keep working on this project while I’m on vacation?”

Read caption on first photo then look at second photo:

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Look at the picture above and you can see where this guy broke through the

guardrail, right side where the people are standing on the road (pointing).  The

pick-up was traveling from right to left when it crashed

through the guardrail.  It flipped end-over-end, across the culvert outlet,  and landed

right side up on the left side of the culvert, facing the opposite direction from which

he was travelling.

 Now look at the 2 ND  picture below…

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See this photo….and find out how many people is there in this photo…..Its really tough….
If you find 6, you have ordinary powers of observation.

Find 7, you have above average powers of observation.

Find 8, you are very observant. Congratulate yourself!

Find 9, you are extremely observant, very intuitive, and creative.

So…Get Set Go…..don’t forget to share it to ur near and dears



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