Many people believe that heart disease typically affects men. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of mortality not only among men, but also among women. But women are actually at greater risk if not detected early, and this exacerbates the issue.
Signs of poor heart health do not appear as visibly in women as it does in men. What this means is that if a man has a heart issue, there are specific symptoms like angina which can be spotted easily and the right course of action be recommended. The same issue in a woman may not result in a sign or symptom that can be easily spotted. So often, their symptoms go ignored or unrecognised and they do not receive timely intervention to correct the problem. The issue is so acute that today 1 in 3 deaths among women is due to coronary heart disease.
There is also a significant lack of self-awareness among women about risk factors and the prevention of CVDs. Women don't only attend to matters of the home, but they hold positions at leading companies, and continue to rise to the occasion and meet impossible demands on their time. Through all of this, they take care of the emotional needs of their family members and loved ones; and still culturally are predisposed to putting the needs of others before their own. The stress they experience, among other common risk factors, often goes unnoticed by those around them. And stress has a greater influence on CVD risk in women vs men. Along with stress, other factors like diet quantity and quality also have a greater influence on CVD risk in women vs men. Additionally, women are also impacted by female-specific risk factors for CVD like polycystic Ovarian syndrome PCOS, preeclampsia, pregnancy induced hypertension and gestational diabetes.
In such a situation where symptoms of a heart problem do not manifest visibly, it is extremely important for women to be aware of their own risk factors and adopt proactive measures to take care of their heart health. For example, one risk factor, stress has been linked to a greater intake of energy and nutrient-dense foods, mainly sources of sugar and fat, and to poor diet quality. Women can take simple steps like reducing unhealthy fats and products with high content of sugar and salt to improve the quality of their diet. Choose ingredients that are good for the heart, like oatmeal, wholegrains, fiber rich vegetables, blended oils with the right balance of fatty acids, legumes, soy products, and the like. Regular and consistent exercise, adequate sleep, and other such lifestyle modifications can help maintain heart health in the long term.
Furthermore with signs of poor heart health not manifesting visibly in women, it is crucial that they get regular health check-ups done to assess their risk proactively. Self-awareness and early identification of cardiovascular risk factors can lead to better prevention of CVD in women.
This World Heart Day, let's choose self-care. Get a simple heart check-up done and encourage other women in yourselves too, to get the same done. Take proactive steps for heart health today.
(By Brajesh Kunwar)
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New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar has launched an online portal TAPAS (Training for Augmenting Productivity and Services), developed by the National Institute of Social Defence under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.Ministers of State Ramdas Athawale and Sushri Pratima Bhoumik also joined the event on Saturday.TAPAS is the initiative of National Institute of Social Defence (NISD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, to provide access to lectures by subject experts, study material and more, but in a manner that it supplements the physical classroom without compromising on the quality of teaching. The main objective of introducing the course modules is to impart training and enhance the knowledge and skills for the capacity building of the participants. It can be taken up by anyone who wishes to enhance his or her knowledge on the topics and there is no fee for joining. The five basic courses are on Drug (Substance) Abuse Prevention, Geriatric/Elderly Care, Care and Management of Dementia, Transgender Issues and on comprehensive course on Social Defence Issues.Dr. Kumar said that the online medium of learning will enable the Ministry in reaching out to an even larger number of people working in this area of social defence. He urged everyone to enroll for the course for a better understanding of issues such as substance abuse prevention, elderly care, transgender welfare and beggary prevention. "Everyone working in the field of social defence is encouraged to enroll for the course. It is an online course and one can utilise this facility to its full potential," Dr. Kumar said."In our education system, where the offline mode of teaching is so deeply entrenched, this course will lead the path of change and open up new possibilities. There is no dearth of respect and regard for our age-old guru-shishya parampara, but there's no reason why it can't be transited to the online medium. Hence, let us embark on this new journey and increase our horizon when it comes to learning and gaining knowledge," he further added.The idea of TAPAS was conceptualised at a time when exploring the online medium for work and education had become imperative due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.--IANSavr/pgh
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Taking a note of the secondary and opportunistic fungal infections which are getting amplified due to the present surge in Covid cases and mucormycosis, or 'black fungus', becoming a cause of concern, the Union Health Ministry has advised all states and Union Territories to review their preparedness for infection prevention and control, as well as hygiene and sanitation in hospitals.In a letter to Chief Secretaries and Administrators of all states and UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has urged them to undertake activities and practices to ensure that there are robust infection prevention and control practices in Covid hospitals and other healthcare facilities.He advised establishment or activation of the Hospital Infection Control Committee with the head of the institution or an administrator as the chairperson, and designating an infection prevention and control nodal officer - preferably a microbiologist or senior infection control nurse."Prepare and implement the Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Programme in the hospital/health facilities, as per the guidance given in National Guidelines for Infection and Control in Healthcare Facilities," he said.The Centre emphasised on strengthening procedures and practices for IPC in the context of Covid-19, and standard precautions to be applied all across the hospital/health facilities. Transmission-based precautions need heightened focus on droplet, airborne and contact precautions from the perspective of protecting healthcare workers and ensuring patient safety, it said.To improve the environment, it said: "Ventilation with focus on fresh air and natural ventilation wherever control systems with requisite air changes are not available. Cleaning, disinfection and sanitation of the hospital environment and frequently touched surfaces with recommended disinfectants like one per cent sodium hypochlorite or 70 per cent alcohol."The letter urged infection prevention and control practices to be enhanced in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) using a bundle approach to prevent device-associated infections such as ventilator-associated pneumonia or catheter-associated blood stream, urinary infections etc. Also stressing that infection prevention and control practices in the clinical laboratories and those attached to hospitals are very crucial for the safety of laboratory/hospital staff and health security of the community, it asked states and UTs to adhere to these while managing immunocompromised patients such as Covid-19 patients on steroid treatment, with co-morbidities (such as diabetes where good glycemic control needs to be established.--IANSssb/vd
Panaji, May 11 (IANS) The Opposition in Goa on Tuesday has questioned Health Minister Vishwajit Rane over the approval of the anti-parasite drug ivermectin for preventive treatment of Covid, after World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan tweeted against using the drug without clinical trials."#GoaCovidCrisis Who prescribed #Ivermectin to corrupt Health Minister @visranefor Prophylaxis Treatment to Goans? Did he obtain approval from @PMOIndia, @MoHFW_INDIA? Is the treatment approved by @WHO? Will @ICMRDELHI respond? @goacm @GovtofGoa must clarify immediately @INCGoa," state Congress president Girish Chodankar tweeted on Tuesday."A intensely scary #COVIDSecondWave made scarier by imposing unproven treatments on unsuspecting #Goans. Who's running this show? Where's this heading? Who's profiting from this? #WHO #Ivermectin #COVIDEmergencyGoa," former Dy. CM and Goa Forward Party MLA Vijai Sardesai also tweeted.Earlier on Tuesday, Swaminathan in a tweet had said: "Safety and efficacy are important when using any drug for a new indication. @WHO recommends against the use of ivermectin for #COVID19 except within clinical trials".The Goa government on Monday had amended its Covid treatment protocol, recommending that all persons above the age of 18 should take five tablets of ivermectin, to prevent the viral load, which more of then than not causes excessive trauma and even death in Covid-19 positive patients.According to Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, the drug would be made available at all government health centres to all residents above the age of 18. He also said that the use of ivermectin helped to control the high viral fever which follows a Covid-19 infection in symptomatic patients.Globally, ivermectin is used to treat parasite infections.--IANSmaya/ash
Kampala, May 1 (IANS) Uganda on Friday announced a series of new Covid-19 restrictions amid a resurgence in infections, when global daily cases are also increasing fast mainly due to India's calamitous second wave.Ruth Aceng, Ugandan minister of health, told reporters here that the country has been experiencing a gradual increase in coronavirus cases over the last six weeks, signalling a second wave."We are beginning to witness a resurgence in the pandemic. It's important for us to note that for viral infections, the second wave is usually more aggressive than the first wave," said Aceng.The country is currently facing five Covid-19 variants, including those first found in India, South Africa and Britain, she said, noting that the health ministry has developed a plan to combat the resurgence of the disease, the Xinhua news agency reported.The new plan will identify gaps in efforts to fight the first wave of the virus and draw on the experience of other countries, Aceng said.The ministry is continuing to study the evolving pandemic situation in different countries, she said, adding that countries will be categorised in accordance with the risk they confront.As India is in "category one" because of the high infection rates in the country, Uganda has imposed travel restrictions on travellers and passenger flights from India, the minister said.Travelers from the "category two" countries, including the US, Britain, the UAE, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Tanzania, will be subject to a Covid-19 test at points of entry. Individuals from the countries who have received full vaccination and are asymptomatic will be allowed into Uganda without the need for testing on arrival.A total of 330,077 people have been so far inoculated with the first AstraZeneca jab in Uganda, and the country has received 964,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the World Health Organization (WHO)'s COVAX initiative and the Indian government.The Ugandan government has prioritised access to vaccines for more than 21.9 million people at higher risk, including those working in the medical field, teachers, social workers, security personnel, the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions.After the new variant first found in India was detected in Uganda, there is now a rush for the vaccine. "I appeal to the population to observe the standard operating procedures and get vaccinated against Covid-19," said Aceng.Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, WHO country representative to Uganda, said that vaccinations will save the country from a surge in daily cases."If you (get) vaccinated, you prevent yourself from severe disease and death due to Covid-19. Transmission decreases when vaccination increases," said Tegegn. "When transmission decreases, you prevent a mutation of the virus, save the health system and economic situation."As of Friday, Uganda had registered 41,866 Covid-19 cases, with 41,442 recoveries and 342 deaths. --IANSint/rs