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What is a DTPA Renal Scan? It's Cost, Results And Side Effects

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DTPA Renal Scan

DTPA is a radiopharmaceutical used in a DTPA renal scan. It is basically a medicine.

A DTPA renal scan is done to check the supply of the blood, the excretion and the function of the urine from the kidneys. This test finds out the contribution of each kidney towards the functioning of the kidneys in totality. This DTPA scan results help in the evaluation of-

  •         The functioning of the renal tubular and perfusion (the methodology using which the circulation of the body fluids take place in the kidneys)
  •         Reno vascular hypertension(arteries of the kidneys having high blood pressure)
  •         Renal Artery Stenosis (the arteries taking blood to the kidneys become narrow)
  •         Renal tubular damage or obstruction and trauma(ureters become blocked or interrupted)
  •         Renal transplant function and perfusion

How should you prepare for the test?

Prior to getting the scanning done you should have a lot of fluid to drink and should be well hydrated. You need to stop the medications of your blood pressure 4 to 7 days prior to getting your test done.

For acquiring more information about the test, you need to either consult the department of the nuclear medicine or the doctor where your scan is planned. They would give you the instructions required for the test.

What happens during a DTPA Renal Scan?

For ensuring that you are well hydrated, you’ll be given some water to drink prior to the scan. Your height and weight will also be measured.

You will be made to lie on a scanning bed. A gamma camera would be placed under your bed. It’ll be important for you to remain still as any kind of a movement would make the images blur. This would also make the scan results poor. This imaging will in no way hurt you.

An injection will be given into your vein through the cannula inserted into your vein. The radiopharmaceutical is injected through this cannula. This gets detected by the gamma camera providing a clear image of the Kidneys. Through the same cannula another injection would be given. This would be given after the scanning of 15 minutes. This injection reduces the reabsorption of the water by the kidneys and helps the kidneys to form more urine. Also the flow of urine increases through the ureters. This helps in seeing the obstruction that arises in the ureters.

After effects of the Renal Scan

There aren’t any after effects but if the dosage of Diuretic (Furosemide) is given to you for increasing the flow of your Urine, you will often feel thirsty and would have the craving of drinking water often so that you don’t become dehydrated. For emptying your bladder often you’ll have to frequently go to the toilet.

How much time does the Renal Scan Last?

Since the rate of the functioning of the kidney varies from individual to individual therefore the time also varies from individual to individual though normally it takes about 30 to 60 minutes.

Side effects of DTPA Scan

Small dosage of the ionising radiation is given very similar to the imaging tests. This small dosage being very similar to the other types of imaging tests does not have risks.

DTPA Scan Cost

Cost differs from one centre to other based on various reasons. 3H Care assures you of providing best price for your DTPA renal scan. Search for the test on our portal, compare price and book test in lab of your choice.

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms, Causes And Health Risks

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Importance Of Vitamin D For Our Body

Vitamin D has a lot of health benefits ranging from making the bones and muscles stronger to lowering the blood pressure. Wondering how your body produces Vitamin D? Simple!! When your body gets exposed to the sunlight, Vitamin D gets produced. Vitamin D is also naturally found in certain foods like fish, fish’s liver oil, egg yolks and dairy and grain products.

Vitamin D is extremely beneficial for the bones as it keeps the bones strong by letting the body use Calcium from the diet. Low vitamin D levels can cause rickets, a disease in which proper mineralization of the bone tissue doesn’t happen making the bones soft and skeletal deformities. Therefore, Vitamin D plays a major role in preventing many health problems.

Causes of Vitamin D deficiency

Why does the body become deficient in Vitamin D? This is because

You don’t get yourself exposed to the sunlight as much as required

Your body produces Vitamin D when your skin gets exposed to the sunlight. How does your skin become deficient in Vitamin D? If you have the kind of a job that prevents you from being exposed to the sunlight, you could suffer from Vitamin D deficiency.

Your consumption of the recommended levels of Vitamin Dis not up to the mark

Most of the sources of Vitamin D are animal based. These include fish, fish oils, beef’s liver, egg yolks and fortified milk. If you don’t consume these, you are likely to get the deficiency of Vitamin D.

You have a Dark Skin

Even if your skin gets exposed to the sunlight yet your body has the pigment called the Melanin, it would result in the reduction of the production of Vitamin D in your body.

Your Kidneys are unable to convert Vitamin D into its active form

It’s necessary for the kidneys to convert Vitamin D into its active form and if kidneys fail to do so, it causes Vitamin D deficiency.

Your digestive tract is unable to absorb Vitamin D

Certain diseases like cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease and celiac disease have the potential to impact the ability of your intestine to absorb Vitamin D from the food being eaten by you.

You are obese

Fat cells play a vital role in extracting Vitamin D from the blood. This alters the release of Vitamin D into your blood circulation. People with body mass index of 30 or more than it have less level of Vitamin D.

Symptoms and Health Risks of Vitamin D deficiency

When your bones start paining and your muscles start feeling weak, it reveals that you are suffering from the deficiency of Vitamin D. Increased blood pressure and depression are also the complications of the deficiency of Vitamin D. Though at times Vitamin D deficiency symptoms may not be prevalent yet your body not possessing enough Vitamin D can cause the following side effects to your health. The blood samples of certain people having low levels of vitamin were collected and it revealed that they could suffer from the following diseases

  •         Inability to fight cancer
  •         Cardiovascular disease
  •         Severe Asthma
  •         Cognitive impairment

The findings of the research reveal that many diseases can be prevented as well as cured with the help of Vitamin D. Some of these diseases are diabetes-type 1 and type 2, hypertension, glucose intolerance and multiple sclerosis.

Ensure that you get the exact amount of Vitamin D required for you to remain happy and healthy. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then you should go for a vitamin D test. You can also go for advanced vitamin profile package to find out overall vitamin health profile.

PET CT Scan For Cancer, Heart Problems, Brain Disorders, Nervous System Diagnosis

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What is a PET Scan?

PET is a positron emission tomography that makes your doctor check your body for various diseases. In this type of a scan special dyes are used and these dyes have radioactive tracers. After the tracers are injected into a vein of your arm, your organs and tissues start absorbing the tracer. Your body is put under a PET scanner and your doctor is able to find out whether your organs and tissues are working appropriately or not. The PET CT scan helps your doctor to find the blood flow, usage of the oxygen and usage of the sugar by your body, glucose metabolism and many more diseases.

This procedure is an outpatient procedure which implies that you are allowed to go back home after the completion of the procedure.

Why is the PET Scan done?

The PET scan is done to diagnose whether you are suffering from the following diseases or not-

Though other imaging tests like the CT scan and the MRI are also beneficial yet PET scans are able to diagnose the problems persisting at the cellular level. This enables the doctor to very clearly view the diseases called as the complex systemic diseases like

  •         Brain tumours
  •         Seizures
  •         Memory disorders
  •         Coronary artery disease
  •         Lung Cancer Lymph Nodes
  •         PET scan for diabetics

When PET is used for diagnosing the cancer, it helps your doctor to view very clearly the metabolization of the cancer and to know the areas to which the cancer has spread. The response of the tumour to the chemotherapy is also shown using the PET.

What is the procedure of the PET Scan?

During the PET scan procedure, you’ll either be given a gas to inhale or else a solution to drink. You might be given tracers via a vein in your arm. For absorbing the tracers, your body would need some time, therefore, you’ll be asked to wait for about an hour tentatively before the beginning of the scan.

Now you’ll be made to lie on a narrow table and this table would be attached to the PET machine. The table will be made to glide into the machine. This would be a slow procedure.

You’ll be asked not to move at all during the scan. You’ll also be asked not to breathe for some time. While the test would be on, you’ll be made to hear buzzing and clicking noises.

When all the important images would be recorded, you’ll be made to slide out of the machine. Your test would have completed.

After the test gets completed, you’ll be asked to carry on your normal day. You might be given certain instructions by the doctor. You’ll be asked to drink ample fluids for letting you flush the tracers out of your body’s system. Mostly, it takes about two days to let all the tracers leave your body.

When will you get your PET CT Scan results?

PET scan results would be available within 24-48 hours. A trained specialist will be asked to interpret the images of the PET. This information will be shared will your doctor. Your doctor with you will go through your results at your follow up appointment.

How should you prepare yourself for the PET scan?

Complete instructions will be given to you by your doctor for the PET scan preparation (rules). You should reveal your prescriptions and the medicines being taken by you to your doctor. You will not be allowed to eat anything for more than eight hours before the procedure takes place though you’ll be allowed to drink water.

In case if you are pregnant, you should tell your doctor because the test could be unsafe for your baby. You’ll be given special instructions for your test in case if you are Diabetic because fasting may impact your sugar levels of the blood.

Hospital will provide you with a gown to wear and will ask you to remove your jewellery as metal can be an interference in the procedure.

How much would the PET Scan Cost?

You can get the PET scan of your chest, brain or the whole body done at various diagnostic centres associated with 3HCare. Cost of PET CT scan can differ at different labs. To get a transparent and competitive pricing for your scan, logon to 3H Care portal and book your test.

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Mammography Test For Early Breast Cancer Examination
 

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What is Mammography?

Mammography test is a specific type of imaging of the breast that uses X-rays of low dosage for the early detection of the breast sancer.

What is a 3D Mammography?

Creation of the 3-dimensional picture of the breast using X-Rays is called the Digital Tom synthesis.

What are the 3D Mammography Pros and Cons?

There is a difference between a standard Mammogram and digital Tom synthesis of the Breast. The way CT scan of the chest is different from the standard X-Ray; similarly, the standard Mammogram is different from the 3D-Mammogram.

In Mammogram, two X-Rays of the same breast are taken from two different angles. One angle includes top to bottom and second includes side to side. Two glass plates are used to hold the breast that has been pulled away from the body and is compressed. This is done to view the whole breast. The pictures get recorded in the film in case of a regular Mammogram but the pictures get recorded on the computer in case of a digital Mammography.The radiologist reads the images captured by the computer. The irregular white areas appearing denser than the most of the healthy tissues of the breast reflect breast cancer.

Is mammography painful? What are the restrictions of a mammogram?

a. During Mammogram the compression of the breast is done which is quite uncomfortable and hence sometimes mammography procedure is painful. Certain women do not get this test done because they hate the uncomfortable feeling they get because of this test.

b. Overlapping of the breast tissue can happen because of the compression. Breast cancer can get hidden because of this overlapping.

c.Only one picture of the entire breast gets taken in Mammograms. This picture of the breast is taken in two directions- sides to side and top to bottom.

Pros of 3D Mammography

These three big issues of Mammogram are overcome by Digital Tom synthesis. Multiple X-Ray pictures of each breast are taken from various angles. The position of the breast is the same as in the conventional methodology but a bit of pressure is applied so that the breast remains in a stable position while the procedure is being done. 11 images of the breast are taken within seven seconds. This happens because an X-Ray tube moves around your breast in an arc. This information is sent to a computer that assembles the images so that clear, 3-dimensional images of the breast can be produced.

Cons of 3D Mammography

In 3-D Mammograms, your body receives twice more radiation as compared to the traditional Mammograms. Radiation in itself is a major cause of Breast Cancer.

How effective are the results of Digital Tom synthesis?

The results of Digital Tom synthesis are extremely promising. Researchers are of the opinion that this technique will make seeing of the breast cancer easy in breast tissues that are dense. This will also make the screening of the breast comfortable.

What do the results of the Mammography reveal?

Mammography interpretations can be very useful in your diagnosis. Black and white digital images of your breast tissue can be seen by the radiologist on the computer screen. These images are interpreted by your radiologist who hands over a written report comprising his findings to your doctor. Mammography results make the doctor look for the conditions requiring further testing.

Some of the possible findings are as-

  •         Lumps or masses
  •         Dense areas visible only on one breast or else on a specific area
  •         Asymmetrical areas
  •         New dense area that’s visible now but wasn’t visible earlier
  •         Deposits of Calcium on tissues or duct

What are the side effects of Mammography?

The following are the Mammography side effects-

You are exposed to the radiation of low dosage- Since the dosage of the radiation is very less therefore, for certain women the advantages may be more than the risks.

Mammograms aren’t very accurate-the skill, the experience and the usage of the technique by the radiologist decide the accuracy of the procedure used. The density of the breast and the age of the person can lead to false positive or false negative results.

Interpretation of Mammograms  on young women may be difficult-younger women’s breasts comprise of more glands and ligaments as compared to the older women, therefore, the dense breast tissue may hinder the exact diagnosis of the Cancer. With age, the tissue of the breast becomes fattier having less glands. This makes it easier to detect the Cancer.

Additional testing may be a requirement after the Mammogram-About ten percent of all the Mammograms may need an additional testing. Additional testing includes certain imaging tests like a Biopsy (removal of the tissue of the breast for getting it tested at the laboratory) or an ultrasound.

What are the guidelines for Mammography Test?

These screening guidelines are prescribed for adults to be able to detect breast cancer-

  •         Women aged 40 to 44-If women wish their breast to be screened for cancer; they should get their annual breast screening done.
  •         Women aged 45 to 54-should get their Mammograms done every year.
  •         Women aged 55 and more-should either get yearly screening done or should get their Mammograms done after every two years.
  •         If the women have good health, they should regularly get their breast checked.
  •         All the women should be made aware about the advantages, the limitations and the potential risks associated with the screening of the breast.
  •         Certain women have a family history of breast cancer or may have genetic tendency of getting breast cancer. Such women should get their MRI done along with the Mammogram. You can refer to your health care provider for suggesting you the best breast screening plan for you.

Cost of Mammography

You can get the Mammography done at various diagnostic centres associated with 3HCare. The cost of mammography test varies from one lab to other. Cost also depends on the type of mammography (single or both breasts). You can book your test today. 3H Care offers highly transparent and competitive pricing.

Why are prenatal (pregnancy) health checkups and ultrasounds important?

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Why are Pre Natal Health Check Ups Important?

Getting yourself regularly checked during your pregnancy is extremely important. This can help you and your baby remain happy. You’ll be able to prevent the problems by being able to spot the problems when the problems occur. This will help you prevent getting diseases during your pregnancy.

During your first visit to the doctor, your full physical examination will be performed by your doctor. Your doctor might examine your breast; do a pelvic examination for checking your uterus. Your cervical exam might also be done. This would include a pap test too. You would have to answer to many questions associated with your health habits, lifestyle and relationships. It’s necessary for you to be honest with your doctor. During prenatal health checkup visits, you’ll be asked to get the following done-

Your weight and Height checked

Your body mass index will be calculated by checking your weight and height. If you would be overweight as compared to your height, you’ll be at a higher risk of problems during your pregnancy.

Your Urine Checked

Sample of your urine will be collected for checking many things like Protein or Albumin. If your Urine is found to be possessing Protein or Albumin, an infection is diagnosed. This infection needs to be treated.

Your Blood Pressure Checked

You might get high blood pressure because of your pregnancy. In such a case you’ll have to refer to your doctor.

Your Blood tests done

Your varied types of blood tests would be done to check your RhD factor, blood group, Iron levels, Gestational Diabetes and various other infections.

Your Pap (Smear) Test done

This helps in finding the warning signs of Cervical Cancer. The national Cervical Screening program has recommended every pregnant woman to get this test done in case if you haven’t got this test done since last two years.

Group B Streptococcus done

GBS Bacteria is present in the body of 30 percent of the people. In the body of a woman this Bacteria is present in the intestine and the vagina. Though in most of the cases it doesn’t cause any harm during pregnancies, in certain cases it may infect the baby. This happens either before or after the labour and the repercussion of the same can be a very serious illness.

If you happen to get infected, you’ll be given the antibiotics so that your baby doesn’t get infected. If you acquire Group B Streptococcal infection of the urinary tract with GBS, you’ll be given antibiotics. From inside the vagina, a swab will be taken to check whether you possess this Bacterial infection or not. This would be done when you would be 36 weeks pregnant.

Why Prenatal Ultra Sound is important?

Inquisitive about the way your baby is developing in the womb? Getting an ultrasound done would reveal the development of your baby through the images created using sound waves. The Pelvic organs of the female during pregnancy get checked with the help of the ultrasound.

For determining, screening and measuring the potential problems with the pregnancy, an ultrasound test is important. Your health care provider would determine the best scanning schedule for you. This test during the first twelve weeks is done to -

  •         Find if the pregnancy is normal or not
  •         Determine your baby’s age
  •         Look for problems that may lead to the miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
  •         Determine your baby’s heart rate
  •         Find multiple pregnancies
  •         Identify problems associated with your uterus, ovaries, placenta and cervix
  •         Find whether or not you have an increased risk of down syndrome

It may be done in the second and third trimester to -

  •         Find the age, position and growth of your baby
  •         Identify problems revealing the growth of your fetus
  •         Check whether you have twins or triplets
Importance of Level 1 Level 2 ultrasound during pregnancy

Level1 and Level2 Pregnancy ultrasound

 

First Trimester

You didn’t get your period. You have sore breasts and you are tired. You get your pregnancy test done and find yourself to be pregnant. Good News!! You are pregnant and it’s time for you to get your blood test and an ultrasound done.

What should you expect during your examination?

When you’ll be six to eight weeks pregnant, your first ultrasound also called as the sonogram will be done. You should ask your doctor whether your bladder should be full for the test or not. Since sound waves are easily able to travel through the liquid, therefore, your bladder being full can make your ultrasound’s quality to be better.

At this stage your baby is very small therefore, your uterus and your Fallopian tube are close to your birth canal as compared to the abdomen, hence, your transvaginal test or TVS will be conducted so that your doctor can get a clearer picture.Don’t worry!! This test is absolutely painless.A thin wand like transducer probe transmitting sound waves of high frequency will be placed in your Vagina through your Uterus. These sound waves bounce off the fetus sending the signals back to the machine converting these bounced back reflections of the image of your baby. These images are black and white. A clearer picture will be seen after 13 weeks as the first snapshot of your baby will not give a very clear picture.

Importance of the First Trimester

After listening to the heartbeat of your baby, your doctor estimates the age of your baby by measuring the length of your baby from head to bottom. Since the baby is extremely small and is growing about a millimetre per day, therefore, your doctor will be able to find out the milestones during your pregnancy.This ultrasound will help your doctor rule out the possibility of a tubal or ectopic pregnancy. This pregnancy happens when your fetus starts growing in the Fallopian tube and not in the Uterus. Also, whether your pregnancy is with the multiples or not will be revealed by your doctor.

Second Trimester

After 18-20 weeks of your pregnancy, you are scheduled for a detailed ultrasound. This ultrasound will give you a good look at your baby.

What should you expect during examination?

This Ultrasound also called as the level 2 ultrasound anatomy scan will be held for about 25 to 45 minutes. This would happen only if you have one baby but if you have multiples, the time to be taken for this ultrasound might be more than 45 minutes. This is done by the doctor to ensure that all the organs of your baby are developing properly. Though this will give you a detailed picture of your developing child but only a doctor’s eye will be able to correctly distinguish between the Kidneys and the stomach. So, seek the help of your doctor or the technician who is doing the ultrasound for you to see the organs of your baby properly.

While you are made to lie on the examination table, your doctor would slather gel on your abdomen and then will use a plastic transducer on the belly. This would transmit sound waves of high frequency through your uterus. Believe me –it’s actually an amazing experience to see your child on the TV screen.

Importance of the Second Trimester

This would be the most thorough check up of your baby. The heart’s rate will be checked by the doctor. Also, if there are certain abnormalities persisting in the Heart, Liver, Brain and the Kidneys, the doctor will be able to diagnose. Your baby’s fingers and toes will be counted by the doctor, the birth defects will be checked, the Placenta will be examined and Amniotic fluid level will be measured. The technician or the doctor will also be able to determine the Sex of the baby. For getting the glimpse of your baby’s bone structure and the nose, you can even seek a 3-D view.

When the ultrasound of your baby is used for the medical purposes, it’s supposed to be extremely safe for you as well as your baby. You should only be careful with the person performing the ultrasound-it has to be a trained professional possessing ample experience for correctly interpreting the results and detecting abnormalities. 

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Whole body checkup for seniors - Why and what?

whole body health checkup for seniors

When somebody says senior citizen, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

Respect, experience and most importantly health.

You must have heard the proverb: Old Is Gold. This proverb fits perfectly with senior citizens. Senior citizens play a key role in holding the family together as they are responsible for conserving their ethics and culture through their abundant knowledge and experience. They impart the knowledge of right or wrong to those younger to them. Senior citizens are like backbone in shaping our society as they carry broad experience with them.

But old age brings various kinds of diseases and ailments with itself. Out of any age group, senior citizens have the most health issues because the later years in an individual’s life are comparatively more physically challenging.

As the age increases so does the risk of various ailments like Strokes, Arthritis, Dementia, Kidney and Bladder problems.

Some of the most common problems people experience in later part of their lives are:

Arthritis:

Arthritis is the most common disease among adults who are over the age of 65 years, but teens, younger adults and children can also develop it. This disease is more common in men than in women.

Heart disease

If studies are to be believed Heart disease alone caused around 520,000 deaths in 2015. Heart diseases caused maximum number of deaths in adults over 65 years. With age, the risk of high Cholesterol and high Blood Pressure increases which increases the chances ofstroke or Heart disease.

Cancer

According to statistics Cancer killed around 500,000 people in 2015 proving second major cause of deaths among individuals over age of 65 years.

Respiratory diseases

It is also one of the leading diseases found in people of 65 years of age. Suffering from a respiratory ailment makes you more vulnerable to diseases like Pneumonia and similar respiratory infections.

An early diagnosis of diseases would be beneficial in curing a disease which may otherwise prove fatal. Therefore 3hcare brings whole body check-up packages for elderly men and women. These packages are:

Senior Citizen Health Check UP (Male)

This package covers the test for the following:

  •          Complete Blood Count: (HB, TLC, DLC, ESR, PS, PLATELET COUNT, RBC, MCV, PCV, RDW, MCH, MCHC)
  •          Blood Sugar (Fasting & PP)
  •          Kidney Diseases: (Urea, Creatinine, Protein, Albumin Globulin Uric Acid)
  •          Liver diseases: (SGOT, SGPT)
  •          Lipid Profile: (T.CHOLESTEROL, TRIGLYCERIDE , HDL, LDL, VLDL CHOLESTROL RATIO)
  •          Urine Routine & Microscopic Examination
  •          Stool Routine & Microscopic Examination
  •          Ultrasound KUB with Prostate
  •          ECG, Dental Check – Up OPG

Senior Citizen Health Check UP (Female)

This package covers the test for the following:

  •          Complete Blood Count: (HB, TLC, DLC, ESR, PS, PLATELET COUNT, RBC, MCV, PCV, RDW, MCH, MCHC), Blood Sugar (Fasting & PP)
  •          Kidney Diseases: (UREA, CREATININE, PROTEIN, ALBUMIN GLOBULIN URIC ACID)
  •          Liver Diseases: (SGOT, SGPT)
  •          Lipid Profile: (T.CHOLESTEROL, TRIGLYCERIDE, HDL, LDL, VLDL CHOLESTROL RATIO)
  •          Urine Routine & Microscopic Examination
  •          Stool Routine & Microscopic Examination
  •          Ultrasound Breast Studies
  •          U/S Studies Pelvis
  •          ECG
  •          Pap smear
  •          Dental Check – Up OPG

3H Care brings you some of the best senior citizen health checkup packages from top labs based in Delhi, Noida and NCR.

This Disease Causes Max Number of Deaths

This disease is the leading cause of death both in men and women. It causes maximum number of deaths not only in India but all over the world. One in every four death is caused by this disease. According to statistics this disease accounts for 17.3 million deaths each year and this number is expected to increase to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Do you know which disease is being talked about here?

Read on to find out.

Today in India, fewer people are dying from pneumonia and diarrheal diseases because the top position is occupied by some other disease. Ischemic heart disease also called coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide.

What is Ischemic heart disease?

Ischemic heart disease is a condition of repetitive chest pain which occurs when any part of heart is not able to receive sufficient blood. This generally occurs during exercise, excitement or strain because these are some conditions in which your heart demands maximum blood flow.

Symptoms

These are some common symptoms of coronary heart disease

  • Chest pain (or angina): Are you suffering from any physical or emotional stress? Chest pain (also known as angina) is a condition in which you may feel tightness or pressure in your chest as if something heavy has been put on it and is generally caused by physical or emotional stress.
  • Shortness of breath: If the heart is not able to pump sufficient blood to meet the needs of your body, there could be chances that you may develop fatigue or shortness of breath.
  • Cardiac Arrest: Cardiac arrest may cause complete blockage of coronary artery. Its most prominent symptoms include severe pressure in chest and pain in arm or shoulder, sometimes along with sweating and shortness of breath.

Causes

Coronary heart diseases may be caused by various factors like:

  • High Cholesterol: High level of cholesterol in blood can swell the risk of atherosclerosis and plaques formation in blood.
  • High blood pressure: High blood pressure results in thickening and hardening of arteries because of which the channel through which blood can flow become narrow.
  • Smoking: The risks of coronary diseases are generally higher in people who smoke.
  • Diabetes: The risk of heart disease or stroke is two times more in diabetic people than in others.

What could be the reason that the risk of coronary diseases is rapidly increasing?

Rapidly changing lifestyle, unhealthy choices of food and constantly changing food habits like intake of food such as cheese, food rich in fats, late breakfast and dinner are principal factors in increasing the abdominal obesity, waist-to-hip ratio, a main risk factor for coronary heart disease.

Can heart Diseases be cured?

Yes, heart diseases can be cured by inviting changes in your lifestyle like:

  • Quit Smoking
  • Follow a Healthy Diet
  • Be Physically Active
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight

Not only these, you need to get regular health check up done for leading a healthy life and increasing the number of years you will spend on earth.

Importance of preventive health checkup and tests it covers

 

Do you give yourself following excuses to avoid health checkups?

“I don’t need a health checkup as I am healthy”.

“I don’t have time to schedule a health check-up”.

“I don’t know which health packageI shouldopt for”

Does your busy schedule making you unfit?

Do office deadlines costing you your health?

Are you living your life at the cost of your health?

Our busy lifestyle does not permit us to stay healthy. It does not permit us to indulge in any physical activities; as a result many of us are suffering from chronic heart diseases, various hormonal imbalances, Diabetes, and mental disturbances. For example Cardiac arrest may be sudden but caused due to acquisition of cholesterol in blood vessels. Therefore it is pertinent to go for monthly or yearly preventive health package to keep all these diseases at bay.

How does regular preventive health package benefit your health?

The earlier your doctor finds out a certain condition and starts its treatment, better will be the chances that the treatment will be effective. Therefore, it is very important that you should schedule various tests like thyroid hormone test, healthy bones panel, healthy heart package etc on your list of preventive health checkups.

  •       Thyroid hormone test: This test is the most precise way to find out if you have any Thyroid related problem. Doctors recommend this test to measure the amount of TSH in the blood.
  •       Healthy heart package:Heart is one of the most crucial organs in our body as it is responsible for circulating blood through the body. Therefore, doctors recommend this test to find out Coronary Artery risks in a person.
  •       Healthy bones panel:  Strong bones are crucial to good health. Doctors recommend this test to individuals which are vulnerable to low mineral bone density.
  •       Dengue profile test: Dengue is caused by the viruses which are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Doctors recommend this test to an individual to check whether an individual with symptoms and current exposure to Dengue has been infected or not.
  •       Diabetic profile package: Diabetes is not an individual disease but a group of diseases caused by high level of sugar in blood either because the body is not able to produce sufficient Insulin or the body cells do not respond to the Insulin produced by the body. Doctors recommend this test to check the level of blood sugar in an individual.

Prevention is better than cure. Regular health checkups can help in detecting and diagnosing a fatal disease which may otherwise remain hidden inside the body. Along with improving your long-term health quality a regular health checkup also reduces your long-term healthcare costs.

So schedule your health checkup today from 3hcare as 3hcare brings you variety of preventive health packages at best prices. Get yourself early diagnosed and lead a happy and healthy life.

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Swine Flu - The Important Things You Need to Know

Swine flu is on surge these days. From newspaper to televisions it is being talked about everywhere.

What is swine flu?

What are its common symptoms?

Is it fatal?

How can it be treated?

Read this article to know everything about swine flu- from symptoms to how it can be treated.

What is swine flu?

Swine flu also known as swine influenza is a respiratory disease caused by H1N1 influenza virus. It first came into notice in 2009. Rates of H1N1 related diseases were constantly increasing just a few months after the initial cases of swine flu were reported because of which the World Health Organization(WHO) has to declare this infection a worldwide pandemic.The word “swine flu” means influenzain pigs. The first case of this disease was reported in a pig in 1930.

How swine flu spreads?

This virus is highly infectious and can spread from one human to another, from pigs to people or from people to pigs. It can spread either by breathing in the virus or by touching the surfaces infected with the virus and after that touching nose or mouth. It is found that if a person is suffering from swine flu about 9%-20% of household contact holds the likely chances of getting infected.

Who is at risk?

You must be thinking what are the likely chances of you getting infected from this virus. Anyone can get this virus but some people are more vulnerable than others. Those who are more likely to get infected are:

  • Children up to the age of 14 years
  • Pregnant women in the third trimester
  • Those who suffer from asthma and other chronic diseases.
  • People with kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes
  • Obese people

What are the symptoms of H1N1?

The symptoms of H1N1 include

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills and fatigue
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Watery, red eyes
  • Sore throat

 

Can you catch swine flu by eating pork?

There is a common myth among people that by eating pork you can get this virus. This is not true swine flu is not transmitted by eating pork or any pork products.

What can you do to prevent yourself or your family from catching swine flu?

  • Avoid contact as much as possible with people who are infected from this virus
  • Stay at home if you have symptoms of swine flu
  • When you cough or sneeze cover your mouth and nose with a tissue
  • Get yourself regularly tested. 

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