Poor lifestyle and dietary choices are two of the primary causes of coronary heart disease. While Covid-19 has impacted healthcare delivery across all specialities, cardiologists and heart surgeons have been cautioning regarding the virus' impact on a person's heart health, with or without surgery.
According to Sanjeeb Roy, senior intervention cardiologist, Jaipur, cases of poor heart health are increasing rapidly in the country. If the patient sees symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, then the patient is at a risk of a cardiac arrest or heart attack, if there is a severe blockage in the arteries, it is treated by angioplasty or bypass surgery.
An angioplasty is an interventional procedure in which a stent is implanted in the patient without surgery. But sometimes even after having a stent implant, the patient may have to face some complications. According to one study, after implanting a normal metallic frame stent, there is a 15 to 30 per cent chance of it coming back. Apart from this, the patient has to take blood-thinning medicines for life, which also affects their quality of life.
However, to reduce all these complications, new technology like implanted stents will dissolve in the artery after two to three years. Biodegradable scaffold stent technology is very effective in reducing complications after angioplasty. This stent will dissolve in the artery two to three years after it is implanted and the patient's artery will return to its natural position, says the doctor.
"The biggest advantage of this to the patient is that there is no problem of affecting the functionality of the artery due to the placement of the stent. On the other hand, if there is a blockage back in his artery, then he can have angioplasty again. The biodegradable scaffold stent is a technology that does not use a metallic frame. This stent is made of polymers that will automatically dissolve in the body after two to three years of implantation."
"Advantages of biodegradable scaffold stents are: After the stent has dissolved, the patient will not need to take blood thinners for a long time; If there is a need to do angioplasty back in the same artery in the future, then there are no problems related to having stents already; Due to metallic stent implant, there will be no problems in tests like MRI, CT scan in this stent; The patient will feel psychological relief that there is no implant in his body," says Sanjeeb Roy, while mentioning a new technology.
Here's what to keep in mind for good heart health post angioplasty:
Avoid driving for a few weeks, and even riding in the car for long distances. As your body needs time to recuperate, make sure you're using pillows to prop yourself up and are supporting the delicate parts of your chest post-surgery.
Do not be in a rush to head back to an intense, high-stress life. Make sure your day has periods of activity interspersed with adequate periods of rest. Make sure you are working in an environment that can allow you to lie down if need be.
Shortness of breath may be experienced for a few days. Avoid exerting exercises and climbing stairs, and if this continues, speak to a family member and your doctor or surgeon.
It is likely that your doctor has recommended a change of diet for your post-surgery days. Make sure you follow it religiously and include greens and fruits as much as possible. This will aid recovery. Strictly avoid smoking and alcohol intake.
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Thiruvananthapuram, July 13 (IANS) The Congress led UDF opposition in Kerala on Tuesday demanded the immediate setting up of a Covid Disaster Relief Commission.Leader of Opposition V.D. Satheesan said after the April 6 election when Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan retained power, things have come to a standstill."Since the elections are over, Vijayan has turned complacent and has the attitude, let anything happen. On account of the pandemic, there is all round suffering and the need of the hour is to set up a Covid Disaster Relief Commission, which will have to do a comprehensive study and suggest measures to help the society at large," said Satheesan.The state presently has more than one lakh active cases and the daily number of cases is more than 20 per cent in the country. The test positivity rate (TPR) continues to hover around 10 per cent, which also is a high in the country."There appears to be all round dissatisfaction with the manner in which Covid is being managed and the present lockdown protocols seem to defy logic, nor are they effective. During the 2020 lockdown, there were efforts to ensure that people got a moratorium on their loans, but this time so far no such attempt has been made. Private moneylenders are making hay while traders showed their ire at Kozhikode by protesting. While all this is happening, the Vijayan government continues to be blissfully unaware of the real situation," added Satheesan.On Tuesday, the state government came out with fresh relaxations in the lockdown norms and allowed the opening of banks on all days from Monday to Friday. Till now these banks and financial institutions opened only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.Likewise it was decided to allow shops to open in local bodies that came under the A, B, C category till 8 p.m., while norms will be strict in category D areas which have a TPR above 15 per cent.The traders body headed by T. Nasirudhin on Tuesday said that they will wait till Thursday to see if the government will come out with further relaxations as their members are in deep trouble and have to open their shops. If there is no favourable response, then they will have to look for other options.--IANSsg/bg
New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) Accompanied by Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday flagged off 900 oxygen concentrators from here for Himachal Pradesh."The oxygen concentrators will cater to 1,400 beds in Anurag Thakur's Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency. Anurag Thakur has transformed Hamirpur into an oxygen bank," Singh said on the occasion. "A total of 1,000 oxygen concentrators, 3 PSA plants and lakhs of Covid supplies make Hamirpur fully equipped to fight Covid-19," Thakur said.Singh further said, "I applaud Anurag Thakur for setting up an oxygen bank for Himachal Pradesh. This bank will be big enough to cater to 1,400 beds and help in our fight against Covid. He had previously sent multiple consignments, including lakhs of Covid relief materials, and his efforts are immensely admirable. "This is a big effort put in by Anurag Thakur and I encourage him to continue his social efforts for his constituency and the state. He has taken this endeavour with the intent of ‘seva' and followed the BJP's mantra of ‘Seva hi Sangathan'."Speaking during the flag off ceremony, Thakur said, "I express my gratitude to Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for flagging off 900 oxygen concentrators on my request for Himachal Pradesh. Since the Covid pandemic began, I have provided over 1,000 oxygen concentrators and 3 PSA plants for Himachal Pradesh. I've also regularly strengthened the hands of the local administration by providing lakhs of masks, PPE kits, surgical gloves and other Covid resources. "I am constantly monitoring the Covid situation in my constituency. I would also like to add that we had dispatched 17 Asptal mobile medical units carrying Covid relief materials for 12 districts in Himachal Pradesh. My endeavour has been to strengthen the relief efforts in Himachal by providing timely resources to help save lives. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, all efforts have been made to ensure that we avert the third wave and save lives."A few weeks ago, on the request and initiative of Thakur, BJP President J.P. Nadda had laid the foundation for 2 PSA oxygen plants of 140 LPM each in Hamirpur and Bilaspur and flagged off 108 oxygen concentrators along with 160 oxygen cylinders as part of Covid relief for Himachal Pradesh.--IANSarm/
New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to take appropriate steps on the recommendations made by the Finance Commission in its 15th report regarding social security and welfare measures in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and M.R. Shah said: "We hope and trust that the Union Government will consider the recommendations made by the Finance Commission made in its XVth Finance Commission Report and take an appropriate decision in consultation with other stakeholders and the experts."The Centre submitted that the allocation of funds to the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Funds (SDRF) are made on the basis of various recommendations made by the successive Finance Commissions. "The XV-Finance Commission in para 8.11 of Chapter 8 of its report for the period 2021-22 to 2025-26, while making allocation under NDRF and SDRF inter alia, has chosen, to deal with the issue of financing of Covid-19 pandemic," the petitioners had submitted.The bench noted that the commission has also suggested the Centre launch a national insurance scheme for disaster related deaths in India which will not only be able to work as a social protection scheme but will also not increase the administrative burden on the government.The petitioners submitted that the Commission has proposed four insurance interventions which need to be studied further by the National Disaster Management Authority and relevant ministries for their feasibility. These interventions are: National Insurance Scheme for Disaster-related Deaths; Synchronising Relief Assistance with Crop Insurance; Risk Pool for Infrastructure Protection and Recovery; and Access to International Reinsurance for Outlier Hazard Events.Concluding its judgment, the bench said: "The Union of India to take appropriate steps on the recommendations made by the Finance Commission in its XVth Finance Commission Report bearing in mind paragraph 8.131 in consultation with other stakeholders and experts".The bench also directed appropriate authority to issue simplified guidelines for issuance of death certificates/official document stating the exact cause of death, "death due to Covid-19", to the family members of the deceased. "Such guidelines may also provide the remedy to the family members of the deceased who died due to Covid-19 for correction of the death certificate/official document issued by the appropriate authority, if they are not satisfied with the cause of death mentioned in the death certificate/official document issued by the appropriate authority," it said.The top court order came on PILs which were filed by advocates Gaurav Kumar Bansal and Reepak Kansal seeking the court's intervention for payment of Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia amount to Covid victims' families.--IANSss/vd
Dubai, June 18 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC), through its 'Cricket for Good initiative', has launched a fundraising campaign to support UNICEF's emergency Covid-19 response in South Asia.The campaign was launched ahead of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final being played between India and New Zealand in Southampton from Friday.The world cricket governing body said in a statement that, "ICC's support to UNICEF at this critical time will harness the power and reach of cricket, one of the world's most popular sports, to safeguard the lives and futures of children."As part of the campaign, ICC will leverage its audience base on its digital channels to contribute to UNICEF. ICC with UNICEF shall display joint appeals on its digital platforms, LED perimeter boards and replay screens at the venue, for its broadcast audiences to donate directly to UNICEF's donation platform."In-game commentary will also reach out to audiences for their support.Acting ICC CEO Geoff Allardice said, "By partnering with UNICEF to support their Covid-19 relief work, we can use the global platform provided by the inaugural World Test Championship Final to raise urgent funds that can make a real difference. We appeal to cricket fans around the world to come together to show their support for the work of UNICEF at such a difficult time and donate to such a worthwhile cause."In addition, ICC along with Tech Mahindra, the merchandise partner for the WTC Final, have launched a Covid-19 relief range and 10 per cent of the proceeds will go to UNICEF's relief work in South Asia.--IANSakm/dpb
Bangkok, June 16 (IANS) Thailand will launch the third phase of a co-payment programme from July as part of the government's relief measures to help those affected by the pandemic, an official said on Wednesday.More than 51,000 restaurants, shops, stores and vending stalls nationwide have confirmed to join the programme, adding the total number of business players to more than 1.25 million, said Finance Ministry spokesperson Kulaya Tantitemit, Xinhua reported.Under the scheme, the government will pay half of the price for eligible food and service purchases with a subsidy of up to 150 baht (about 4.8 US dollars) per person per day, capped at 3,000 baht per person, according to the spokesperson.Some 24.14 million people have so far applied to be recipients of the third-phase program, which is expected to benefit up to 31 million people between July and December, Tantitemit said.The country rolled out the first phase of the program during October-December last year and the second phase between January and March this year.This came as the government tried to cushion the economic blow from the Covid-19 pandemic, which has knocked the tourism-reliant economy to its weakest in more than two decades.The Southeast Asian country has been battling a sharp surge in infections since April, its worst wave of the Covid-19 outbreak so far, with more than 80 per cent of its caseload having been reported during the past 10 weeks.On Wednesday, the country reported 2,331 new cases, raising the total tally to 204,595. The death toll increased by 40 to 1,525.--IANSint/