Continued from last week
Question 9: 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?
Answer: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.
Question 10: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart?
Answer: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body’s enzyme release for digestion gets confused.
Question 11: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?
Answer: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.
Question 12: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?
Answer: Fruits and vegetables are the best and oil the worst.
Question 13: Which oil is better – groundnut, sunflower, olive?
Answer: All oils are bad.
Question 14: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?
Answer: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.
Question 15: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?
Answer: Help the person into a sleeping position, place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him or her to a coronary care unit, since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.
Question 16: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?
Answer: Extremely difficult without ECG.
Question 17: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 years of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.
Answer: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, sedentary 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.
Question 18: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?