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On this World Heart Day, we should look into a rather complex and aggravating issue of the increasing number of heart diseases around the globe. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one reason for disease burden and mortality worldwide, resulting in 18.6 million deaths per year.

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On this World Heart Day, we should look into a rather complex and aggravating issue of the increasing number of heart diseases around the globe. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one reason for disease burden and mortality worldwide, resulting in 18.6 million deaths per year.

Heart problems take a toll on the patient as well as his or her family. The patient and the family have to go through mental, physical and financial struggles. However, most cardiovascular diseases are preventable by adopting healthy lifestyle changes and addressing the risk factors. Early detection and management of risk factors such as hypertension and diabetes can play a crucial role in addressing this issue.

This heart day let's focus on the early and vital steps we can take to decrease the risk of heart-related issues. There are five simple steps we can take to have a healthy heart. Follow a Happy life, Eat healthily, be Active, identify the Risk factors, and take Timely intervention, in short, follow your H.E.A.R.T

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Timely Interventions

Happy Living

When we are stressed, it is often gets demonstrated as palpitations, racing heart, and shortness of breath. But do you know stress can do more harm than just a racing heart? According to WHO, stress is a leading cause of heart diseases. Long hours of mental stress leads to increased heart rate, high blood pressure, chest pain, reduced blood flow to the heart, and complex heart diseases such as heart attacks. So trying to lead a happy and stress-free life is a voluntary choice we ought to make.

How can we make life stress-free and live happily?

  • Take breaks to through yoga, music, gardening, or new hobbies
  • Reach out and connect with family and friends, get support, and share feelings
  • Be active to lessen fatigue, anxiety, or sadness
  • Eat healthy foods and get enough sleep
  • Accept the things beyond your control
  • It is okay to say ‘no’ to things that will add more stress to your life
  • Try to relax every day, read a book, listen to music, meditate or pray
  • Be active; exercise can reduce stress and prepare you to handle such problems
  • Seek help from a doctor or counselor if you have depression, anxiety or any such mental conditions
Eat Healthy

Eating healthy is directly connected to all our bodily functions. It means that we can prevent and delay so many cardiovascular diseases by making the right diet choices. According to WHO, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and alcohol consumption are the most significant risk factors of heart disease and stroke. An unhealthy diet can result in high blood pressure, raised blood glucose, raised blood lipids, and overweight and obesity. These conditions are directly linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other complications.

What dietary changes should we make to have a healthy heart?

  • Eat more low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods
  • Reduce your saturated fat intake
  • Shift to plant-based fats and whole grains
  • Eat more veggies and fruits
  • Reduce your sodium, alcohol and sugar intake
  • Eat whole fruits instead of drinking juice, frozen or added sugar fruits
  • Limit or avoid eating refined, processed, canned or fast foods
  • Control your food portion size
  • Seek treatment for eating disorders
Always Active

According to WHO, regular physical activity can help us to prevent and manage cardiovascular diseases. Statistics show that one in four adults do not meet the global recommended levels of physical activity and, up to five million deaths a year could be averted if we are more active. Routine physical activity is also helpful for our general wellness and beneficial in many other ways, such as lifting our mood. Let's commit to regular workouts for our hearts and encourage everyone around us to do the same.

How can we be more active?

  • Walk whenever you can, during work, at home or when you go out
  • Speed walk for at least 20 minutes thrice a week
  • Ditch the lifts and choose stairs
  • Do aerobic exercises like swimming, cycling, jogging and running
  • Experiment with dancing exercises like Zumba
  • Try a low-impact aerobic exercise like tai chi
  • Weight training is beneficial for your muscles as well as heart
  • Try to be generally more active around the house and work
  • Avoid sitting for long hours
Risk Identification

Identifying the risk factors of heart diseases is a crucial step in preventing heart conditions and diseases. Some risk factors such as smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet, high alcohol consumption, and stress can be controlled and prevented. Others facts like family history and age are irreversible, so you should regularly track your heart health through check-ups and screenings. Also, educate yourself about the symptoms of heart diseases. If you ever experience any problems related to heart functioning, reach out for medical support immediately. Do not ignore the symptoms and signs. Also, educate yourself and your families about heart conditions and disease.

How to identify and avoid the risk factors

  • Educate yourself on cardiovascular health
  • Quit smoking, avoid alcohol consumption and be active
  • Follow a rich and diverse diet and limit fat consumption
  • Manage a healthy weight
  • Discover authentic information about heart health and functioning
  • Do regular check-ups and testing
  • Do not fall for or share fake information
  • If you have a family history of heart diseases, consult with your doctor
Timely Interventions

If you think you have any symptoms or signs of heart disease, seek medical help immediately. As a vital organ of the body, it is imperative to ensure its functioning. Only a medical professional can lead you to a proper diagnosis. For that, the doctor will conduct a physical exam and ask about your personal and family medical history. Other tests will depend on the condition you might have. The doctor will recommend treatments based on your heart disease, the symptoms you experience, your age, and other health conditions you may have.

Steps you can take to ensure a proper and effective treatment

  • Know your CVD Risks
  • Do not rely on home remedies
  • Consult with a licensed cardiologist
  • Do not avoid any symptoms, signs or disturbances
  • Consult with your doctor if heart diseases run in your family
  • If recommended, make sure you get cardiovascular screening and tests
  • Ask questions and be proactive when it comes to your heart’s health

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News & Events

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Follow Your Heart - Aster Medicity's initiative to ensure heart health

Kochi: Aster Medicity has launched the Follow Your H.E.A.R.T. Heart program with the message of ensuring a better our heart health by following the heart. It is a reminder of the five important steps we can take to ensure heart health. Aster Medcity Chief Operating Officer Ambili Vijayaraghavan inaugurated the event at a function held at Aster Medcity.

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Aster Medcity launches Rapid Access Chest Pain Emergency Clinic

Kochi: Aster Medcity has launched Rapid Access Chest Pain Emergency Clinic (RACPC) on the occasion of the World Heart Day on Tuesday for express assessment of the patients who suffered chest pain and suspecting angina, a type of chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart.

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Doctors at Aster Medcity give a new lease of life to youth by performing ECPR at emergency department

Kochi: Doctors at Aster Medcity gave a new lease of life to a 33 year-old Chittoor native, Jose Biju, who was admitted into emergency department of the hospital in a critical situation after suffering from cardiac arrest while driving. The patient’s life was saved by performing Extra Corporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (ECPR), a method of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, by using Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), a machine that acts as a heart-lung bypass. Doctors at Aster Medcity said the procedure is rarely used in the emergency department even in the western countries.

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Aster Medcity doctors saves life of 50-year-old patient with heart’s pumping power just 15%

Kochi: A 50-year-old patient, who was admitted in a critical state after his heart’s pumping power fell down to 15%, has received a new lease of life through a rare bypass surgery performed at Aster Medcity. The life of Hassan, a native of Aroor in Alappuzha district, was saved by a medical team under Dr. M. K. Moosa Kunhi, Consultant, Cardiac Thoracic Surgeon, Aster Medcity.

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Be Young At Heart

Aster 'Be Young At Heart' health-campaign was launched on the 27th of September at the Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences at Aster Medcity. An initiative to commemorate World Heart Day 2019, this health campaign aims to promote awareness on heart health and prevention of lifestyle-related heart diseases.

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Heart Failure Clinic Inaugurated

Heart Failure Clinic, a dedicated facility for heart treatment was inaugurated at Aster Medcity, by Cdr Jelson Kavalakkat, ChiefExecutive Officer on 17 July 2019. The clinic under the Centre of Excellence, Cardiac Sciences is equipped with highly advancedstate-of-the art facilities to deal with complex heart failures.

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Aster Medcity launches cardiac CHIP centre

Kochi: Aster Medcity, a quaternary care centre catering to a large number of patients from South India, the Middle East, Africa and Maldives, has launched Complex High-risk Indicated Procedures (CHIP) Centre under Aster Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences, one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the region. The CHIP Centre at Aster Medcity is the second such centre in the country.

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Advanced Chronic Total Occlusion Workshop Held At Aster Medcity

A workshop on Complex Chronic Total Occlusion Angioplasty with IVUS/OCT guidance was conducted at the Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences, Aster Medcity on the 6th and 7th of July 2018. Led by our Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Raja Sekhar Varma, the workshop, which included an interactive symposium on the latest advances / retrograde techniques in CTO angioplasty based on interesting cases, was attended by top cardiologists from various parts of Kerala.

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Heart Camp @ Aster Medcity on 29 Sep 2017

The finale of the six-part Hridayasparsham campaign at Aster Medcity Kochi on World Heart Day. Approx. 600 patients underwent comprehensive heart check-up during this year’s camp

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Pacemakers have been inserted for over the last 50 years in India for individuals with low pulse rate. Earlier pacemakers were just restoring the pulse rate but was not able to retain the heart function to the full extent. However, the technology has grown in leaps and bounds to make pacemakers more reliable, longer lasting and pacemakers are now even able to replicate the natural rhythm of the heart . One such technique is the “His Bundle pacing “. Aster Medcity had done this innovative pacing using the latest technology 1 year ago for the first time in Kerala and subsequently has done 10 more patients successfully.

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MARINE DRIVE, Kochi - 29 Sep 2017

Heartfully Yours - Flash Mob and Lecture & demonstration led by Dr. Faeez Mohamed Ali, Cardiologist on “How to respond to a heart attack in public spaces” at Marine Drive on World Heart Day

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Fifth Japanese CTO Angioplasty Workshop Held at Aster Medcity

Angioplasty has rapidly become the preferred mode of revascularization for a large spectrum of coronary blockages thanks to the high success rates, low chances of complications and effective results.

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Hridayasparsham 2017

Hridayasparsham Heart Camp, a world heart day initiative by Aster Medcity and Malayala Manorama, was flagged off by renowned film artist Mr. Sharafudeen and playback singer Ms. Sithara on 21 September at Aster Medcity, in the presence of Dr. Harish Pillai, CEO – Aster Medcity & Cluster Head (Kerala) – Aster DM Healthcare; Mr. B Balagopal, General Manager – Marketing, Malayala Manorama; Mr. Anil Mathew, Senior Manager, Malayala Manorama; Mrs. Santy Sajan, COO, Aster Medcity and Dr. Anil Kumar R, Lead Senior Consultant, Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences, Aster Medcity.

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Pediatric and Neonatal Echocardiography Workshop organized at Aster Medcity

Over sixty pediatricians and neonatologists from across the state attended a Pediatric and Neonatal Echocardiography workshop organised in collaboration with Paediatricians with Cardiology Expertise Special Interest Group by Aster Medcity at its at the Knowledge Hub, Aster Medcity.

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Heart to Heart Cardiac Camp Is On At Aster Medcity

Heart to Heart Cadiac Camp, a world heart day initiative by Aster Medcity & Malayala Manorama aimed at promoting preventive heart care, was inaugurated by Mrs. Soumini Jain, Honourable Mayor of Kochi at Aster Medcity on Saturday.

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‘Just walk and avoid the block’ for a healthy heart

Kochi :Commuters waiting and passengers in the vehicles at the busiest Edappally traffic junction got a pleasant surprise in the morning today when in an unusual move, Aster Medcity’s campaign ‘Just walk and avoid the block’ was launched by Mr Vijayan K V,Asst Commissioner – Law and Order in the presence of Mrs Sini Varghese, Cine Artist and Mr Biju Issac , Motor Vehicle Sr.Inspector .

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Save the Little Hearts Programme

Kochi:In a unique multi-country charity initiative, a rare cardiac corrective surgery was successfully performed on Joneil Dasain, a 5 year old boy from the Philippines at Aster Medcity, Kochi. Conducted under the aegis of Dr. Moopen’s Foundation (DM Foundation) ‘Save the Little Hearts’ initiative, the surgery was carried out by a team of Indian specialists led by Dr. Sajan Koshy, Senior Consultant, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, Center of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences, Aster Medcity, Kochi.

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Cardiac team breathes life into Mahsa Rawfi from Afghanistan

Kochi : Technology in the form of google translate came in handy when the doctors at Aster Medcity were faced with challenge of sourcing the medical history of an Afghan child whose parents spoke only Dari, a variety of Persian spoken in Afghanistan.

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Malayala Manorama and Aster Medcity conducts “ Heart To Heart “ Heart Check Camp on World Heart Day

Aster Medcity in association with Malayala Manorama, leading regional language newspaper in Malayalam conducted a Heart Check Camp named “ Heart To Heart “ at Aster Medcity on World Heart Day. Kochi City Police Commissioner M.P Dinesh IPS & National Award Winner Cine Artist Mr Salimkumar inaugurated the Heart Check Camp which received an immense response from the public and turned out to be a huge success

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Cardiac Summit at Aster Medcity

Aster Cardiac Sciences, Aster Medcity organized a two-day workshop-cum-continuing medical education program on the 4th and 5th of July, 2015. On Saturday, the 4th of July, there was a day-long workshop on the radio-frequency ablation of very complicated atrial arrhythmias using novel 3-D Electro-anatomical mapping. The visiting faculty included eminent electrophysiologists, Dr Mohan Nair from New Delhi, Dr Amrit Guptan from the US and Prof J Balachander from JIPMER, Pondicherry.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Angiogram?

Angiogram is a diagnostic procedure performed to identify any narrowing or block in the blood vessels.

What is Angioplasty?

Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat blockages / narrowing of blood vessels.

What is a stent in Angioplasty?

Stent is a small, metal mesh tube placed in blood vessels during angioplasty to act as a scaffold and to reduce the chances of developing blocks in the future.

Why do I need Angiogram & Angioplasty?

An angiogram & angioplasty is suggested to a patient if you experience,

  • Radiating pain in your chest, jaw, neck or arms
  • Abnormal results of a of heart stress test, ECG
  • Problems related to blood vessel
  • Injury to your chest
  • Problems with valves of your heart which may require surgical intervention.

How Angioplasty is performed?

A small balloon catheter is inflated at the site of the blockage in the coronary artery to remove the block and improve the blood flow to the heart.

Does Angioplasty hurt?

There is no significant pain except for the discomfort at the time of the needle puncturing the artery and again, at the time of removal of the sheath when pressure has to be applied at the site of puncture to prevent bleeding.

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