Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Common Questions Regarding Breast Cancer Answered!

The age of the internet has brought about significant awareness regarding the risks and complications of breast cancer in women. If you are arriving for breast cancer treatment in India, here are a few common questions you may regarding the condition, its diagnosis and treatment.
·         Is a Lump in the Breast Almost Always Cancer?
Most changes and lumps in the breast turn out not to be cancer. Common breast conditions that women experience include cysts and fibrosis (scarring). It is also common to experience benign tumours known as fibroadenomas. However, it is important that you visit top hospitals and doctors when you suspect something as a preventive measure.

·         How Often Should I be Conducting a Self-Exam?
Formerly, it was a common norm to perform a self-examination once per month. Currently, most doctors recommend that women just be self-aware of the normal feel and appearance of the breasts rather than following a prescribed schedule.
·         Is Breast Cancer a Disease that can be Inherited?
A family history of breast cancer can increase the risk of developing it as a woman. 10% of the women with this condition have inherited a mutation in one of the genes that predispose to various forms of cancer. Inherited breast cancer has a tendency of occurring at a younger age and in multiple relatives. These genes can also result in increase in risk of ovarian cancer.
·         What Does “Mastalgia” mean?
This term is often misused when one talks about a normal or abnormal breast tissue. In fact, the term “Mastalgia” refers to the pain in the breast and not a specific part at all.
·         How does Breast Cancer Start?
Breast cancer starts due to the out of control growth of abnormal cells. Normal cells tend to have a specific, fixed life span. However, cancer cells overcome these restrictions and continue to grow past the point where normal cells tend to stop growing. They also have the ability to spread and grow into other tissues, a characteristic that normal cells do not possess.

Contact highly experienced doctors and surgeons to keep a check on the health of your breasts for a preventive approach to this condition. 

Friday, 20 January 2017

Assessing Whether Are you a Heart Patient?

Your heart is without doubt among the most important organs in your body for survival. By staying on top of your health game, you can keep track of the health of your heart and take early preventive measures. Treatment for the heart depends on the nature of the illness. It is thus important that you visit a doctor and make sure you receive the right diagnosis along with prompt treatment.

Symptoms of a Coronary Artery Disease
Chest pain or angina is the most common heart disease. Common symptoms one may experience here include –
·         Shortness of breath
·         Palpitations
·         Weakness or dizziness
·         Faster heartbeat
·         Nausea
·         Sweating
Other symptoms such as pressure, discomfort, aching, burning, fullness or pain can be easily be mistaken for heartburn or indigestion.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack
In addition to a few common symptoms experienced with coronary artery disease, a heart attack also showcases the following symptoms –
·         Discomfort in the jaw, back, arm and throat.
·         Sweating, vomiting and dizziness
·         Extreme weakness, shortness of breath and anxiety
These symptoms tend to last about 30 minutes or more and cannot be relieved just through rest or oral medications. If you think you are having a heart attack call for emergency rate for high success rate of survival.

Symptoms of Arrhythmias
If you have arrhythmias or abnormal heart rhythm, here are some symptoms you are likely to experience –
·         Pounding in your chest
·         Fainting
·         Light-headedness
·         Weakness or fatigue

Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation
This is also a type of arrhythmia and showcase the following symptoms –
·         Heart palpitations which include sudden fluttering, racing feeling in the heart of bounding.
·         Lack of energy
·         Dizziness
·         Shortness of breath
·         Pain, pressure and discomfort in the chest
With each heart condition having symptoms that overlap each other, it is easy to mistake one condition with another. Get in touch with some of the top India hospitals to get a holistic evaluation of the health of your heart. This helps you take control of your well-being, make necessary changes to your lifestyle and facilitate a healthy and happy tomorrow.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

5 Questions to Ask Before you Get an Organ Transplant

An organ transplant procedure, whether you are a donor or a recipient can be a life changing decision that cannot be taken overnight. Before you venture into the complex process of finding a donor, planning the transplant surgery and committing yourself to a whole new way of life, here are a few questions you must ask –
1.      Am I the Right Candidate for an Organ Transplant?
Whether or not a patient is in need for an organ transplant is assessed on the basis of how life threatening it may be for that individual not to get a healthy organ. Furthermore, top hospitals and doctors also make assessments with regards to the chance of survival after the procedure is conducted to assess whether he or she is a candidate for the transplantation surgery.
2.      Is there an Age Limit for Donating Organs?
There is no set age limit for donating organs. In case of a living donor or at the time of death of an organ donor, the organ in question is evaluated to determine its health and suitability for donation. People of any age wishing to donate tissues or organs can indicate their decision to their family members.
3.      How Long is the Recovery Time after an Organ Transplant?
It is ideal to make sure that you pursue complex surgeries such as organ from highly experienced doctors and surgeons only. This helps make sure that your post-op recovery is a comfortable and quick one. The time taken depends on the kind of organ that is being transplanted. For instance, in case of a kidney transplant, a patient takes about 5 to 10 days, provided there are no complications. A liver transplant may take a minimum of 6 days after which the patient’s health prior to surgery is taken into account.
4.      Am I in Good Physical Shape to Withstand Surgery?
Even the best hospitals in India will be conscious about the kind of patients they take in for a transplant. Your physical health is taken into significant account when putting you on the waiting list. Your doctor will evaluate the health of your heart and lungs and other factors before giving you a go ahead for a transplant surgery.
5.      Am I Prepared to Deal with Post-Operative Pain and Discomfort?

It is a privilege to find an organ donor match and you must ask yourself this question before you commit yourself to the surgery. By making sure that you are ready to take on the challenges of rehabilitating your life after surgery, you are doing justice to the gift of life that is provided to you over another deserving candidate.