The silent killer is on the prowl more than ever and the only way to keep it at bay is to check your lifestyle. While the saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’, it often takes a serious aliment to drill sense in people about changing their life and work patterns to help their bodies function better. With the launch of the World Diabetes Day 2016 campaign under the theme ‘Eyes on Diabetes’, International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has stressed on the need to stay alert about health and its various concerns.
This year the activities around the day are focusing on promoting two key messages:
Screening for type 2 diabetes, which is important to modify its course and reduce the risk of complications. Screening for diabetes complications, which is an essential part of managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes Since at times the symptoms in diabetes patients are hidden and more difficult to treat, there is therefore an urgent need to screen, diagnose and provide appropriate treatment to people with diabetes so that their lives are saved. The feasible and cost-effective solutions that exist to help identify people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and those at risk of developing it in the future are important aspects of the treatment that will help in important breakthroughs.
It is of utmost importance that people get an accurate picture of diabetes to facilitate better treatment and do not rely on the common misconceptions. Besides, women should take more care of avoiding the disease as both mothers and unborn children are affected. A healthy lifestyle and good amount of exercise can help check the spread.
Coronary heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in India. It is caused by the narrowing of the heart’s arteries by build-up of fatty material. Broadly, there are two ways to treat this condition. A bypass surgery, where a surgeon opens the chest cavity and creates a detour around the blocked artery using a vein from another part of the body. The second way is an angioplasty, where the surgeon threads instruments through a small incision, cleans out the block and inserts a wire stent to keep the blocked artery open. Sometimes, a balloon is used to open up the artery.
Although patients and doctors then to prefer angioplasties due to their less invasive nature, bypass surgeries are an excellent alternative as well. Extensive research done by various agencies across the world suggest that the success rate of Coronary Bypass Surgeries stands between 95-98%. Which means, over 95% of the people who undergo the procedure have no serious complications. Today, risk for death immediately after the surgery is only at 1-2%.
Studies have also shown that patients with poor heart muscle function see improvement in heart function after the surgery. The improved blood supply stimulates heart muscles to contract with more force. Yet, no surgery is without risk. Complications such as arrhythmia, kidney failure, stroke and infections may occur after heart surgery. Patients over 70, those with hypertension, lung disease or those who consume excessive alcohol, may experience a decline in memory and intellectual abilities after the surgery. But most people recover from this within 6-12 months. Whichever way you look at it, the Coronary Bypass Surgery is a viable way to fight heart disease.