Chest pain is a common symptom of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), but it is not the only condition that can cause chest pain. Chest pain can also be caused by other conditions such as gastrointestinal issues, respiratory problems, or musculoskeletal pain. Gastrointestinal issues such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause chest pain that may be mistaken for angina. Respiratory problems such as pneumonia or pleurisy can also cause chest pain, especially when breathing deeply. Musculoskeletal pain, such as from a strained chest muscle, can also cause chest pain. Overall, while chest pain is a common symptom of CAD, it is not the only condition that can cause chest pain, and a proper diagnosis is essential to ensure appropriate treatment.Understanding coronary artery disease?CAD is a condition that occurs when there is a buildup of plaque in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This buildup of plaque narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow to the heart muscle, leading to chest pain or discomfort known as angina which is described as a tightness, pressure, squeezing, or burning sensation in the chest. The pain can also be felt in the arms, neck, jaw, shoulder, or back. Angina can be stable, unstable, or variant, and the symptoms can vary in intensity, duration, and frequency.Symptoms of CADChest pain or discomfort: This is the most common symptom of CAD. The pain may feel like pressure or squeezing in the chest, and it may be triggered by physical exertion or emotional stress. The pain may also spread to the arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, or back.Shortness of breath: You may feel short of breath or have difficulty breathing, especially when you're active or lying down.Fatigue: You may feel more tired than usual, even after getting enough rest.Weakness: You may feel weak or lightheaded, especially during physical activity.Palpitations: You may feel like your heart is racing, pounding, or skipping beats.Nausea or vomiting: You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit, especially if you're experiencing chest pain.Sweating: You may break out in a cold sweat, especially if you're experiencing chest pain.Dizziness: You may feel dizzy or faint, especially if you're standing up or moving around.Here are some pointers to help you recognise chest pain in CAD:Location: Chest pain in CAD usually occurs in the center of the chest, behind the breastbone. The pain may also spread to the arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, or back.Quality: The pain is typically described as pressure, squeezing, or tightness in the chest. It may feel like a heavy weight is pressing down on the chest.Duration: The pain may last for several minutes or longer. It may come and go or be constant.Triggers: Chest pain in CAD may be triggered by physical exertion or emotional stress. It may also occur after a heavy meal or in cold weather.Here are some tips on how to take care of a patient with CAD:Monitor and manage risk factors: Encourage the patient to make lifestyle changes that can help manage CAD risk factors, such as quitting smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, and controlling high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.Medication management: Ensure the patient is taking all prescribed medications as directed. Medications such as aspirin, beta-blockers, nitroglycerin, and statins may be prescribed to help manage symptoms and prevent further complications.Follow a heart-healthy diet: Encourage the patient to follow a heart-healthy diet that is low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats can help manage CAD.Regular follow-up: Ensure the patient is attending regular follow-up appointments with their healthcare provider. Regular checkups can help monitor the progression of CAD and adjust treatment plans as necessary.Encourage physical activity: Physical activity is important for maintaining heart health. Ask the patient to engage in regular physical activity as recommended by their healthcare provider.Manage stress: Stress can have a negative impact on heart health. The patient to manage stress through techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or counseling.
Indian expatriate organisation Maharashtra Mandal Qatar (MMQ) organised an International Yoga Day event at Podar Pearl School.About 100 participants joined a group yoga session, a lecture on 'Fitness Simplified' and a short meditation session.Namita Tibrewal, a well-known transformational wellness coach spoke about fitness and diet. The group yoga session was led by internationally certified instructor Sweta Darokar and the meditation session by Padmini Sundar, a well-known trainer in Heartfulness Meditation. The event was relayed live through MMQ's social media platforms. Many community leaders were present. MMQ president Rakesh Wagh and the management committee thanked everyone for making the event a success.
The 'Joy of Health' event organised by Tulukoota Qatar at Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) recently, saw 156 members donating blood in co-ordination with Hamad Medical Corportion's Blood Donor Centre and around 100 registrations for the Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) insurance scheme. ICBF president Shanavas Bawa, ICC vice president Subramanya Hebbagelu and Tulunadu cine star Roopesh Shetty spoke. Tulukoota Qatar president Kiran Anand, patron Dr M Ravi Shetty, chairperson Chaitali Uday Shetty, adviser and past president Ramchandra Shetty, vice president Chaitali S Shetty and general secretary Sagar Kotian led the event.
For Filipina fitness trainer Lorna Labrador Inciong, the post-Covid-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to continue raising public awareness on the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle, and more importantly, giving the underprivileged free access to workout sessions.At 55, Inciong remains energetic and shares her fitness videos on social media regularly with the aim of inspiring and motivating people to exercise regardless of their age.“I do yoga, basic and light exercises curated for children as well as oldies, and I also have advanced workouts for teens and adults,” she said.Inciong engaged a lot of Qatar residents in her daily online workouts while staying home during the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, and gained an increasing number of followers and viewers on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Besides the daily routine, she also urges people to eat healthy meals and avoid junk food.Previously an office employee in the UAE back in 2006, Inciong said she finds sitting all day unhealthy and decided to pursue a career she loves. After undergoing training, she worked hard to get an International Fitness Alliance (IFA) certification.She said she was ecstatic to receive such an achievement and began to build a reputation, holding a series of yoga and fitness sessions with employees of reputable institutions in the country.From full-body workout, endurance training and circuit aerobics to weightlifting and cardio exercises, among others, Inciong said she tries to make the sessions easy to grasp for viewers and followers.During her vacation at her hometown in Mindanao in the Philippines, Inciong said she also finds time to organise free fitness, stretching and calisthenics sessions with people of different age groups, including young ones and her batchmates.“Some find the exercises difficult but I often tell them to be patient and focus on what they do. If they learn the basics, then it would be easier to move to the advanced stages.“If I can do it at 55, I believe that they can also do it. I encourage them to make it a habit so they will stay fit and healthy, away from different diseases,” she said.Since the time Covid-19 restrictions started to ease up and until now, Inciong has been conducting workouts at public parks and places such as Oxygen Park in Education City, Porto Arabia at The Pearl Island, Al Bidda Park, Museum of Islamic Art Park, Katara hills, Old Doha Port and other popular destinations.“As a resident, I want to help in promoting these beautiful and scenic spots in Qatar, which are also conducive for walking and exercising, particularly during this time of the year,” she said, adding that people can enjoy exploring these destinations while staying active.
IYC International Qatar, with support of Naseem Medical Centre, recently organised its first medical camp at Al Habari Village Labour Camp for low-income individuals, a statement said. More than 150 beneficiaries were examined by a panel of doctors. The camp was served by eight paramedics and 25 IYC volunteers. Supported by Q Life Pharma, the camp provided free medicines to the needy. Shahana Ilyas, the chairperson of IYC International Qatar, spoke at the event.
A table talk organised by Anti-Smoking Society Qatar has urged the community to continue awareness programmmes against the harm caused by tobacco use. Dr M P Hassan Kunhi, Dr Abdul Rasheed, Dr Sabu K C, Mibu Jose, Abdul Rauf Kondotty, Dr Simi Paul, Dr Sheela Philip, Dr Hanna Moideen, Muthalib Mattannoor, Liji Abdulla, Noushad Abu, Abdulla Poyil, Shiju T K, Shafeeq Hydawi, Akhder Kudel and Reswin Ashraf were among those who spoke.
Over 1,200 workers benefited from the free medical camps organised by the AMU Alumni Association Qatar (Amuaaq) and AMU Alumni Toastmasters Club over three consecutive Fridays as part of India@75 (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) and on the occasion of International Labour Day in association with Abeer Medical Centre.The first camp on May 5 was inaugurated by Abdulla al-Mohannadi, legal advisor in the Qatar Ministry of Labour. Over 350 workers had a medical check up and had their blood sugar, cholesterol and uric acid level checked.Over 500 people benefited from the second camp on May 12. Indian Sports Centre president E P Abdur Rahman was the chief guest and Indian Community Benevolent Forum president Shanavas Bava, former president Vinod Nair and Kabir of Radio FM 107, were the guests of honour.The third free camp on May 19, benefited over 350 workers. Khwaja Nizamuddin Ahmad, chairman, Telangana Wefare Association was the chief guest and general secretary Naved Dastghir, the guest of honour.The initiative was supported by the Singh Sewa Group, Overseas Friends Welfare Association and Nepalese Workers Welfare Association. Besides staff and doctors from the Abeer Medical Centre Industrial area, a panel of doctors from AMU healthcare group in Qatar offered their services at the camp. These included Amuuaq president Dr Nadeem Jilani, Dr Syed Intekhab Alam, Dr Sikandar Aftab, Dr Ashna Nusrat, Dr Imtiaz Salim, Dr Musharraf Shamim and Dr Imran Mumtaz.Amuaaq chairman Jawed Ahmad and board member Sanjiv Kumar Sharma oversaw the smooth running of camps while Faisal Naseem, Farman Khan, Mamnoon Bangash, Farrukh Farooqi, Saima Rafat, Imaduddin Ahmad, Abad Khan, Dr Mohamed Nayeem Aman, Poonam Sharma, Syed Shahabuddin, Mahjabeen Hussain and Asma Naz volunteered to guide the patients. Vice-president Mohamed Faisal Naseem thanked all the stakeholders.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the continued and long-term use of artificial sweeteners could lead to a heart attack, stroke and chronic diseases.WHO issued a new guideline on the use of artificial sweeteners, pointing out that artificial sweeteners do not help with long-term weight loss or reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases.WHO affirmed that a systematic review suggests that use of non-sugar sweeteners does not show any long-term benefit in reducing body fat in adults or children. Long-term use of sugar substitutes, the review shows, could cause "undesirable effects" such as an increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and mortality in adults."Replacing free sugars with NSS does not help with weight control in the long term. People need to consider other ways to reduce free sugars intake, such as consuming food with naturally occurring sugars, like fruit, or unsweetened food and beverages," WHO Director for Nutrition and Food Safety Francesco Branca said."NSS are not essential dietary factors and have no nutritional value. People should reduce the sweetness of the diet altogether, starting early in life, to improve their health," she added.Non-sugar sweeteners are widely used as an alternative to sugar in pre-packaged foods and beverages and added to food and beverages directly by the consumer.
Strobe lights are flickering, a huge Cyqlone logo formed in a pitch dark room, a catchy rhythm builds up as your bum hovers above your stationary bike. Your eyes are fixated on the spirited instructor in front of you; your legs are going faster than the usual bike ride outdoors, and that’s completely okay. It’s what a typical session in spin class looks like at Cyqlone. And if Doha’s growing number of spin studios are anything to go by, the cult workout has long established an iron grip in the fitness realm.Cyqlone at Msheireb Downtown Doha pioneered the SoulCycle NY model in Qatar. If you’ve been a regular in NY and craving the same energy, but a little more, Cyqlone is a place for it. Its location in Mshereib makes it the most central Spin in town. Evening classes are popular.Unlike the act of running indoors on a treadmill, cycling indoors on a stationary bike is nothing short of the fun, intensity and variety commonly sought out in a good workout. While sceptics might doubt it for its club theatrics, the workout commands a full body overhaul which activates all of your muscles. The varied movements timed to match with the beats of the soundtrack are also the reasons why people in a spin class forget the pains of exercising. Instead, they actually have fun. Now the studio has gone a notch higher and is also hosting theme nights. So, if there’s a specific genre of music, you’re into they’ve got it covered. As you spin-spin-spin!But if you think it unnerves you, the anticipation of getting dressed for it, there’s nothing quite to worry about it — it’s all fun there! The focus remains on the playlist. But if you can conveniently ditch the standard gym clothes — black shorts, raggedy T-shirt — and sweat looking 100 bucks whilst enjoying, then it’s a win-win.At Cyqlone’s first Afrobeats night by Dido eccentricity was the hallmark, with Afro-futurism and retro references recurring through the class. There was 90’s Nollywood vibe and the moment you look at the instructor in a clash print shirt swirling his legs on resistance-based intervals its motivational, engaging and effective. A handful of heart-pounding pop mash-ups, 10 minutes of weights, and one climb later, I came out feeling great—inspired, even, to get back on the bike again.On another night, Taylor Swift themed bike ride with Maria was the order of the day. There are many Swifties around the world, like myself, having this fomo of missing out Ms. Swift’s Iconic Era’s Tour. Cyqlone brought the star’s music closer to celebrate and have fun. As in any cult, it was easiest to take the path of least resistance and simply follow along.To Anti Hero, we repeatedly shifted between standing upright on the bike and falling (like we’re the problems?) into second position. Arm exercises with those measly, punishing hand weights were enjoyed for the duration of “Blank Space,” which, if you don’t know, is four minutes and 33 seconds. By the encore, participants were pedaling silently and, like Ms Swift right about now, contemplating legacy.More than anything, the class reiterated the undeniable genius of Ms Swift’s score—at once complex and impossibly appealing—and I would not be opposed to a second go-round. If, in addition to taking pleasure in the music, I could manage to hit my tap-backs on tempo, it would be nothing short of revolutionary.Today (May 15) at 6.30pm Cyqlone is hosting yet another theme night, riding you back to the 80’s with Ranim Hadid, and well my clash print shirt with headband, shorts and knee length socks are ready to make their appearance! See you there!
A recent study by scientists from the Dutch University of Amsterdam found that human memory could fade even seconds after certain events.According to the first author of the research from the University of Amsterdam Dr. Marte Otten, even at the shortest term, our memory might not be fully reliable, even after one and a half seconds, two seconds, three seconds then we start filling in based on our expectations.Otten and colleagues mention that previous research has shown that when people are presented with a rotated or mirror-image letter, they more so report seeing the letter in its correct position, which is a remark that was neglected by participants who mistook the presentation, while Otten recalls that it is likely to be because of memory.For further verification, the researchers conducted four experiments, initially examining participants to ensure that they were able to complete basic visual memory tasks before displaying them with a six or eight-letter circuit, one or two of which were mirrored image forms. For seconds, participants were presented with a second circle of letters that they were asked to ignore as a form of distraction, then asked to identify a particular form among a series of options that existed in the first circuit, and researchers assessed the participants' confidence in their answers to the choice. The results of 23 participants who reported high confidence in their answers revealed that the most common error was to choose the inverse form of the target form.The research group explained this phenomenon that the errors were driven by participants' knowledge of the alphabetical and hence their expectations, and that the high confidence in which participants reported their answers also excluded the possibility that the results might be a mere speculation for participants.
Indomitable faith in God as well as the grit to fight against adversities has made 63-year-old Indian Abdulla Kattukandi, a quadriplegic for the last 30 years due to an accident, a living example of hope and positivity.“I consider the accident as a gift of God and that has made me what I am today. I was not even a good reader during my earlier life, but started reading after the accident and wrote five books. I am travelling a lot despite my handicap. I thank God for all the blessings in my life,” a joyful Abdulla told Gulf Times.On a private visit to Qatar, Abdulla recollected the accident. “After a short stint in Bahrain for two years, I was doing a small scale business of dried coconut in Kozhikode, Kerala. On May 21, 1993, I was returning home after a business-related visit when a giant tree fell on my vehicle. When I came back to my senses, I did not feel any sensation below my neck and doctors had no hope of me pulling through as my spinal cord was severed.”Abdulla along with his wife Ruqya — the pillar of strength behind his present cheerful life and who accompanies him just like his shadow — is in Qatar to visit his sons who are residents of the country. An alumnus of Farook College, Kozhikode, Abdulla was recently honoured by the old students association of the college in Qatar.His elder son Shaeer Abdulla is an engineer with beIN Sports while his second son Shajir Abdulla, is a dentist. His daughter Ameena Najmal is settled in Kerala.Abdulla remembered that it was a tight rope walk between life and death in the very early days after the accident. “A long struggle and battle followed the accident where I trod a thin line between life and death. For several days, nobody believed that I would survive and even if I did, I would be in a vegetative state. But God’s grace and the strong support from my wife and some intimate friends made me pull through and get back to life.”After the treatment, through regular physiotherapy, things started looking better for Abdulla and he embarked on his second stint of life.“I started reading books and thought of writing something. It took me days to practise writing and even for writing a single letter, it took me minutes. But slowly, I got used to the situation and started penning my first book, Athijivinathinte Pusthakam (The book of survival),” he recalled.Abdulla’s doctors and physiotherapists were surprised to see him writing and encouraged with motivational words.“Later by using mobile phone for typing, it became easier for me and so far I have published five books. My book Prathyashayude Gopuram (The tower of hope) was released at the Sharjah Book Fair and translated to English and Arabic.” Abdulla, who also shares motivational thoughts through his social media platforms, has extensively travelled across India and visited several Gulf countries. The wheelchair-bound individual even hiked the highest peak of a Kerala hill station named Vagamon, which is 1,100m above sea level.“Abdullakka has been a great source of inspiration for me. Whenever, I faced difficulties in my business and life, I recollect the struggle and the challenges he had undergone all these years and immediately I get charged up to start anew,” said Doha-based entrepreneur Shumaiz.Abdulla says his life has been a motivation for several people as they found his books encouraging and his life, a model to be emulated.“A school teacher who got into a bike accident near my place, had to amputate her leg and decided to discontinue her work. After reading my book, she came to meet me and decided to continue her job and presently she is leading a happy life. A couple whose two children were suffering from mental health issues were motivated to face the challenges as they came to know my life example. I am really happy that I am able to motivate many people and lead a happy life,” added Abdulla.
With the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney failure and heart disease have questions about their ability to fast.Consultants from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) assert that determining the patient's suitability for fasting depends on the assessment of the patient's health by the attending physician.HMC Deputy Chief Medical Officer Prof Abdul Badi Abou Samra said that patients should consult the attending physician before they start fasting, in order to adjust the level of blood sugar and avoid any complications during the fasting period.The decision of the attending physician to fasting depends on the nature of the diabetes patient's condition.Prof Samra said that type 1 diabetes patients dependent on insulin treatment as well as pregnant women with diabetes are advised not to fast.However, type 2 diabetes patients who do not have heart and kidney complications can fast with some precautions, to be determined by the attending physician well before the beginning of Ramadan.It is also preferable to delay Suhoor meal as much as possible, and to drink more water between Suhoor and Iftar to avoid dehydration.Furthermore, for diabetes patients to fast safely, Prof Samra stresses the need to maintain sugar levels within the patient's safe rate of 80-180 mg/dl after breakfast, and to consistently eat Suhoor and Iftar meals, while delaying Suhoor as much as possible and drinking as much water between iftar and Suhoor to protect the kidneys.Stimulants such as tea, coffee and soft drinks must also be reduced as they contain diuretic caffeine, which exposes those fasting to the loss of large amounts of liquids.Post-Iftar exercise should be postponed to avoid seizures due to low blood sugar.Going to the mosque is part of the daily physical and sporting activity allowed for patients during Ramadan.It is necessary to ensure that blood sugar levels are checked several times a day, especially in the early days of fasting, as well as any time the patient feels the effects of having low blood sugar.For kidney patients, senior consultant and head of the HMC’s Nephrology Department Dr Hassan al-Malki classifies kidney patients who wish to fast during Ramadan into three categories, according to the degree of illness.He said that for acute renal deficiency patients, their health condition is critical and therefore they are prohibited from fasting until their kidney condition improves and returns to normal.Chronic kidney patients have different stages of nephropathy, and those with third-degree kidney disease and worse are advised not to fast.This is because the kidneys at this stage are unable to retain body fluids, which can cause severe deficiencies in their function, and may lead to significant kidney damage.Patients should refer to the attending physician to determine the extent of kidney damage and the likely impact of fasting.Patients who are undergoing haemodialysis to treat kidney failure will typically receive the treatment three times a week and cannot fast due to IV fluid intake during the procedure; however, patients can normally fast during days they are not undergoing hemodialysis.For peritoneal washing patients (abdominoplasty) performed by the patient himself at home, they cannot fast due to the presence of substances fed with washing fluid.Kidney transplant patients are advised not to fast due to the effect of low fluid on the transplanted kidneys and the need to take medication on a regular and timely basis.On the ability of cardiac patients to fast, senior consultant cardiologist and head of the Cardiology Department at Al Khor Hospital and associate professor at Qatar University’s College of Medicine, Dr Amar Salam, asserts that the incidence of various heart diseases such as cardiac crisis (clot), cardiac failure, irregular heart (atrial tremor) decrease during Ramadan.Incidences of cardiac failure and atrial trembling resulting from coronary artery failure are also lower.Ramadan fasting also increases beneficial cholesterol by 30-40%, which in turn protects heart arteries from LDL cholesterol deposits.Research has shown that fasting and its accompanying religious rites lead to self-tranquility and lowers excitement of the parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in lower blood pressure and heartbeat, which are good medical signals for most heart patients.Dr Salam said that the attending physician should be consulted several weeks before fasting begins, especially for patients with acute arterial deficiencies, to adjust the dates of taking the medication and receive the necessary instructions to avoid symptoms such as the sense of headache during fastingThe consumption of tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks should be reduced five days before fasting, as well as foods containing high sugars and fatty substances should be avoided during Ramadan.For cardiac patients taking medication during Ramadan, Dr Salam said that the patient can take the medication at Iftar and again at Suhoor.For patients who take their medication three times a day, they have to see the competent doctor to replace it with a long-acting medication to be taken once or twice a day. – QNA
Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has advised expectant mothers to perform physical activities, including exercise as they are main factors that contribute to building a healthy lifestyle for pregnant women.“Pregnant woman should consult their health centre doctor during pregnancy checkups to discuss the types of exercise and physical activity to perform during pregnancy,” said, Dr Hana Saleh, child and adolescent specialist at PHCC.Dr Saleh noted that any exercise programme for previously inactive pregnant women should start with low-intensity exercises such as walking, cycling or swimming for three days a week and then, they may increase it to five sessions or more.“Physical activity makes your pregnancy more enjoyable as it provides tremendous health benefits when performed on regular basis. Keeping a consistent workout routine is key, and over time, it can help pregnant women prevent certain diseases and reduce the risk of weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, depression, etc. The good news is that pregnant women can keep exercising throughout their pregnancy, as WHO recommends that women who engage in physical activity should continue to do so,” noted, Dr Saleh.Nevertheless, a pregnant woman’s exercise must be agreed on with a healthcare professional, as some pregnant women may need to avoid high-intensity exercise or even stop performing some types of exercises completely for their safety and that of their unborn babies. Some cases must completely stop performing physical activities and immediately consult a specialist.Dr Saleh advised pregnant women to drink enough water and to always carry a bottle of water to drink before, during and after exercise, as well as avoiding extremely hot and humid places.She also warned against doing exercises that requires physical contact and dangerous sports such as martial arts, football, downhill skiing, or horseback riding to reduce the risk of abdominal injury and protect their unborn babies, as well as avoiding intense and extreme sports.“As the muscles and joints become loose during pregnancy, control your movements: avoid sudden movements and rapid changes in your direction. Extended warm-up and cool-down routine can reduce your risk of injury. Keep taking a deep breath and rest from time to time, and you will notice with time that you can control the situation. If you experience unusual symptoms, stop exercising and consult your doctor,” advised Dr Saleh.
The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has offered healthy tips for heart patients to fast safely during Ramadan. In fact, fasting is often beneficial for them. Lower food intake; abstaining from smoking; and the stress-reduced atmosphere associated with the Holy Month of Ramadan; will reduce heart disease risk in general, and also have a positive impact on people with heart conditions.Studies have shown that a heart patient with stable heart conditions who have no recurrent symptoms, such as chest pain or shortness of breath can fast normally during Ramadan. However, undoubtedly heart patients should consult their doctor. Patients should also consult their doctor on how their medication should be administered during Ramadan.“Some categories of heart patients must not fast for some health reasons. These represent patients who suffer from frequent chest pain and patients with ischemic heart failure who suffer from fatigue. Severe and shortness of breath, as he needs to take diuretics constantly, and heart attack patients who cannot usually fast during the six weeks following the occurrence of a heart attack,” explained, Dr Musa Basheer Mansour, consultant family medicine, PHCC’s Umm Ghuwailina Health Centre.Dr Mansour added that open heart surgery patients should not fast within the six weeks following surgery, as well as patients where the heart’s aortic valve is narrowed or inflamed, heart patients who are on blood thinners or anticoagulants, patients on malignant arrhythmia medications, and patients with heart conditions that require constant professional observation.Dr Mansour advised patients with heart problems to perform regular exercise as it helps them enjoy a better physical and mental health and fight disease by boosting immunity and reducing the risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks. He recommended walking for 30 minutes a day, preferably at least two hours after eating, and exercising for 10 minutes three times a day, while avoiding violent sports.Lack of exercise, however, leads to higher levels of blood sugar and cholesterol, fat metabolism disorder, weight gain, strokes, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, back and joint pain, weak immunity, low oxygen absorption, poor digestion, bronchial obstruction, chest congestion, and loss of vitality and energy.Dr. Mansour advised patients to avoid staying up late, quit smoking, take medicine as prescribed, avoid stress, and make sure to follow a healthy diet.
In keeping with Doha Healthcare Week and as part of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) ongoing ‘Qatar…It’s in Our Blood’ campaign, Mangalore Cultural Association (MCA) organised a blood donation camp at Beit Al Diyafa within the Hamad Medical City premises recently. More than 65 units of blood were donated to HMC blood bank from over 100 participants. Cajetan Neri Alphonso and Dr Ashwin D’Silva, the guests of honour, addressed the gathering during a short formal programme. MCA president Aloysius D’Souza, vice-president Sandeep Noronha, general secretary Gladson D’Almeida, advisor Wilfred Fernandes, honourary members Harry Lobo, Arthur Pais and Veena Pais along with officer-bearers of various Karnataka-based associations in Qatar too were present on the occasion.
In commemoration of September’s World Alzheimer's Month 2022, Alzheimer’s Indonesia Chapter Doha - Qatar (Alzi Doha) held an event titled 'The Journey of Caring' at the Indonesian embassy on October 7. The activity was led by Alzi Doha chairperson Dr Ken Lestariyani Sulis, in collaboration with the embassy. In his speech, Indonesian ambassador Ridwan Hassan, quoted a study from Alzheimer’s Disease International which revealed that every three seconds one person in the world develops dementia. "In Indonesia, it is estimated that there were around 1.2mn people with dementia in 2016, which will increase to 2mn in 2030 and 4mn in 2050," he explained. The talk show featured Dr Mani Chandran, a senior consultant geriatric psychiatrist from Hamad Medical Corporation, representing Dr Hanadi al-Hamad (medical director of Rumaillah Hospital and the Qatar Institute of Rehabilitation as well as the WHO Focal Point of Global Dementia Observatory and Healthy Ageing). Dr Chandran explained that there are at least 10 ways to reduce the risk of dementia. Some of these include being physically active, making healthy habit food choices, reducing stress, and continuously challenging the brain by learning something new. The event was also attended by D Y Suharya, the founder of Alzheimer's Indonesia and regional director Asia Pacific Alzheimer’s Disease International who has recently been acknowledged as UN Decade Healthy Ageing 50 Leaders. Sharing her experience in caring for family members with dementia, Suharya said it is very important to spread the message, "do not underestimate memory loss" to increase public awareness about Alzheimer's disease. She also encouraged everyone to join Alzi Doha’s upcoming activities ranging from early diagnosis, support group and educational sessions in future collaborations with other partners in Doha. Alzi Doha chairperson Dr Sulis lauded the participation of young volunteers from the Indonesian Student Association in Qatar and remarked that youth engagement and inter-generational collaboration has always been promoted by Alzheimer’s Indonesia since 2016. The event also featured a Brain Gym session as a form of brain stimulation to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's .
A free medical camp, organised by the CIC Wakra Zone in collaboration with Allevia Medical Centre at Allevia Clinic in Meshaf, benefited more than 500 low-income workers. A team of 12 doctors and paramedical staff and about 60 CIC volunteers served in the camp. Necessary medicines were also distributed free of cost. In her inaugural address, Wakra Health Centre director Dr Amina Ibrahim Fakhru said such camps play a great role in helping different communities to co-operate with each other and to set a noble example of mutual love. "Vedic teachings inspire us to do the same," she added. In his presidential address, CIC acting president K C Abdullatif said 20 free medical camps have been organised by the forum in Qatar so far. Dr Abdul Wahid al-Mulla, chairman of the Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Department of Hamad Heart Hospital and a leading heart surgeon, said that through such camps, the conditions leading to heart-related diseases can be diagnosed in advance and necessary precautions taken. Sheikh Khalid bin Fahd al-Thani, office manager of Wakra Municipality managing director, lauded the initiative. Indian Cultural Centre president P N Baburajan, Indian Community Benevolent Forum president Vinod Nair and Al Wakra Hospital's senior medical manager Dr Mohamed Ayaz Khan offered felicitations. Dr Anwar Salih Kolikkad, who was selected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London, was presented a special award. Allevia Medical Centre psychiatrist Dr Tisha Rachel Jacob conducted an awareness class on ‘Mental health in families and kids’. CIC Wakra Zone president Mustafa Kavilkuth delivered the welcome address and vice-president Zakir Nadvi proposed the vote of thanks. CIC officials Yasir Illathodi, Mohamed Rafiq, Mohamed Ali, Abdul Basith, Ummer Sadiq, Rasheed Ahmed, Musheer Abdullah and K V Noorudhin were among those who led the camp.
DPS-Modern Indian School organised a session on ‘Basic First Aid and CPR Procedures’ for its drivers, conductors, and support staff members to equip them with essential skills needed to handle any emergency situation and to strengthen the safety of the students. Dr Aliya Fathima Hyderi Syeda, Asian Medical Centre, Al Wakra covered several aspects of first aid including preparedness for crisis management, techniques to recognise, prevent and respond to cardiovascular emergencies, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), ways to deal with minor injuries, and to develop an ability to intervene correctly in emergency situations to save lives. The session was attended by 232 members of Transportation and Security Department.
Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and Switzerland’s Roche have announced a partnership to redefine the diagnosis and treatment of cancer care in the Middle East and North Africa. The partnership seeks to remove barriers to biomarker testing and expand access to precision medicines to improve patient outcomes in a region where cancer is expected to double by 2030. Cancer occurs due to genetic mutations that affect the way cells work and grow. Each person’s cancer is unique because mutations differ in type and number and between cancer types. Even people with the same type of cancer may require different treatment. Biomarker testing is a type of molecular or genetic testing that tracks changes in genes, proteins and other substances that provide critical information about tumors. This helps to track the evolution of tumors in cancer patients, enabling more targeted therapies and better chances of survival. Cancer patients can be tested at the time of diagnosis, recurrence, or progression. It allows healthcare practitioners to develop personalized treatment plans for patients; including targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are most appropriate for their specific cancer. Through this personalised approach, healthcare practitioners can get the right medicine to patients at the right time, treating them more effectively and minimizing side effects. “We have the opportunity to reverse the upward trajectory of cancer rates in the Middle East and North Africa by the harnessing breakthrough technologies of precision medicine such as biomarker testing. Through this partnership with Roche, we hope to support biomarker testing across different tumor types and cancer stages, starting with lung cancer. Our ambition is for patients to have access to timely, accurate information about the genetic mutations causing their specific cancer,” said Pelin Incesu, Area Vice President for the Middle East and Africa, AstraZeneca. “The increasing incidence of cancer in the Middle East gives new meaning to the importance of collaboration. We are proud to partner with AstraZeneca to continue redefining and strengthening the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the region by leveraging the power of breakthrough technologies, like biomarker testing and personalized treatment plans, and ensuring all patients have access to the care they need and deserve. Together, we can help countless men, women, and children lead strong and healthy lives, not defined by cancer but by the endless possibilities they have ahead,” said Olfat Berro, Area Head Middle East, Roche Pharmaceuticals. The partnership focuses on the education and upskilling of health practitioners as well as raising public awareness. The first regional activity will be held on 7 September 2022 focused on lung cancer. The workshop will bring together pathologists, interventional radiologists, interventional pulmonologists, and thoracic surgeons. It aims to enhance laboratory tissue handling, improve molecular profiling, and support healthcare practitioners in identifying more patients who can benefit from targeted treatments.