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On this day, let us pledge to gain independence from doctor-patient discord and make way for better communication

New Delhi: 14 August 2018: As per a survey carried out among several doctors and patients by the Indian Medical Association and the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), it was found that both the segments are unhappy and dissatisfied. The doctor-patient relationship is dying today and needs a CPR for revival. The need of the hour is to create awareness that this relationship is revivable just as it is possible to save a dying person with CPR.

There has been a paradigm change in the thinking of the public and a corresponding shift in the dynamics of doctor-patient relationship; from paternalism to patient-centric. Today, patients want to be equal partners in decisions about their treatment with the doctor acting as a guide and facilitate decision making. Patient autonomy is also now at the forefront of the principles of medical ethics.

Giving his views on this at a TedX session, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “I am a professional medical doctor, and this makes me accountable to a code of conduct. To practice medical science, I need to be different and for which reason, I am allowed to write doctor in front of my name. My job is to help and work in the interest of the patient. People look upon me as someone who will not harm but cure them. However, the case is different today. In a survey, the doctors said they are not happy with incidences of violence against them on the rise. Patients on the other hand felt that doctors do not communicate with them. This discord has seen an increase in the last few decades: due to lack of communication on the doctors’ part and lack of trust on the patients’ side.”

There are four kinds of patients: ignorant (not aware of any disease, 100% trust in doctors); informed patients (aware of diseases and their rights); empowered (more aware); and enlightened (question the doctor). Doctors are also of three kinds: those who do not wish to be questioned; those who give choices to patients; and those who spend time with them in assessing the condition and acting accordingly.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Vice President of CMAAO, said, “Patients are more informed today, but doctors are still in the past. Miscommunication is therefore the number one cause of discord. As per the Bhagavad Gita, the primary reason for anger is the unfulfillment of aspirations and expectations. When a patient is not satisfied, he/she gets angry and abuses. As Krishna did for Arjuna, so should a doctor do for the patient. Listen to what the patient has to say about his illness, his concerns and then respond accordingly. Don’t be judgmental or critical if the patient slips up at times. Stay calm and patiently explain to him the necessity of compliance to treatment prescribed. This way the patient is reassured and will be more inclined to follow your instructions; he will come back to you instead of seeking a second opinion.”

Patients also have the responsibility of caring for doctors and following what they prescribe. Avoid preventable disorders and let doctors handle only medical emergencies. Help doctors ensure good health by following the health tips they give. This 15th August, it is time to aim for Independence from the doctor-patient disputes.

Some health sutras from HCFI

  • High blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol can remain silent for up to a decade.
  • A pulse rate of less than 60 or more than 100 is abnormal.
  • Weight loss of 10 kg can reduce upper blood pressure by 5-20 mmHg.
  • Restricting salt intake to less than 6gm per day can reduce upper blood pressure by 2-8 mmHg.
  • A 1% increase in cholesterol increases chances of heart attack by 2%.
  • A 1% increase in good HDL cholesterol decreases chances of heart attack by 3%.
  • Any chest pain, which lasts for less than 30 minutes duration is not a heart pain.
  • Keep air pollution (particulate matter PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels) below 80 µg per cubic meter
  • To revive a cardiac arrest victim, compress the center of the chest of the victim within 10 minutes of death (earlier the better) at least for the next 10 minutes (longer the better), with a speed of at least 10×10=100 per minute.

Heart Care Foundation of India invites nominations for the HCFI Excellence Awards 2018

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Awards are not negative and motivate us to strive further for excellence

New Delhi, 13 August 2018: As part of the 25th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2018, the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) has invited nominations for the HCFI Excellence Awards to be held during the Mela. Awards are designed to honor the best contributions from individuals and organizations in healthcare. The idea is also to inspire other likeminded entities to participate in a grander scale and make the “Healthcare for all” movement a success.

Awards often have negative connotations. However, they are aimed at recognizing excellence, and are a public acknowledgement of the years of hard work and dedication put in by individuals and organizations. Awards can be bestowed by the government, professional associations, organizations, etc. but for doctors, the awards given by the patient community are the most valuable.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Appreciation, motivation, compliments are all non-materialistic gifts and are mentioned in all Vedas. As long as they are satvik and not tamasik or rajasik and do not increase ego, awards are beneficial. In Ashta Lakshmi, the eight forms of Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi represents our achievements and awards other than the material income that we earn. Satvik is when others appreciate you; rajasik is when you ask for it, which can even be for a consideration or mutual benefit; and tamasik is when you buy appreciation. Each award should build up humility and encourage one to work harder and achieve more than what has been accomplished. Awards also motivate others to strive for excellence, which benefits us all.”

Apart from these awards, the Perfect Health Mela will also witness the presentation of the Perfect CSR Awards 2018 for the first time. Under various categories, these bring into light responsible business practices which have proven to be the drivers of change and impacted millions of lives.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor-in-Chief of IJCP, said, “Humans seek reward and recognition. In basic terms, we have a physiological craving for the ‘happy hormone’ dopamine. Processing reward and gratitude is one of the fastest and most effective ways to release this hormone, which further contributes to a state of contentment and satisfaction. Without praise, reward and gratitude, the hormonal imbalance of a dopamine deficiency is likely to lead to emotions of discontent.”

Nominations are invited under the following categories for the HCFI Perfect CSR Awards 2018 to be held in October during the Mela.

  • “HCFI K L CHOPRA MEDIA AWARD ” for the best Breaking Health News of the Year (January to August 2018)
  • “HCFI Dr RAKESH GUPTA EXCELLENCE AWARD ” to a medical doctor or NGO for best philanthropic contribution in the field of a community health project during the year
  • “HCFI ABHEETA KHANNA LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD” to a person for his or her exemplary contribution in the field of PR and Journalism during the year.
  • “HCFI ANIL JAJU EXCELLENCE AWARD” to an NGO for its best project in the field of health awareness during the year.
  • “HCFI QIMAT RAI AGGARWAL EXCELLENCE AWARD” to a school student for his/her innovative project or contribution in the field of health and environment during the year
  • “HCFI Dr K K Aggarwal Running Trophy to a nursing student or institution for an innovative project or contribution in the field of health during the year
  • “HCFI PERFORMER OF THE YEAR AWARD” to best performer from HCFI Family during the year

The entries are invited from any Indian citizen eligible for any of the award above and can be sent to hcfi.1986@gmail.com before 31st August 2018. There is no entry fee. Decision of the eminent jury will be final

Heart Care Foundation of India to release cartoon-based booklet on safe driving

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Booklet to be released during the 25th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2018

New Delhi, 12th August 2018: To create awareness on safe driving measures during monsoons and winter season, the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) will come out with a cartoon-based booklet for drivers in association with the Delhi government’s transport department. The booklet will be released during the forthcoming 25th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2018 being organized by the HCFI in association with the Delhi government’s health department and NDMC.

In a recent study commissioned by auto-maker Chevrolet, on road accidents, it was found that ‘driving during rains’ is considered one of the worst driving scenarios. The top three common concerns faced by respondents during rains were poor road conditions like potholes, open manholes, slippery roads (65%); over-speeding or rash driving (63%); and drunk driving (54%).

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Most of us can get caught off-guard by sudden changes in weather. The best way to be safe in extremely bad weather is to avoid driving at all as even for an experienced driver with the best vehicle, the chances of succumbing to an accident may be high. However, if you do get caught in bad conditions on the road make sure your headlights are on. It is better to increase your following distance to more than 2 feet. Braking takes a longer time on slippery roads and therefore, one should exercise caution near intersections and stay in one lane as far as possible. If a thunderstorm starts while you are driving, and visibility is poor, pull over and wait it out. Avoid the risk of being struck by lightning — stay in your car and pull off the roadway into a parking lot if possible.”

In such weather, it is imperative to plan ahead. Not allowing enough time to reach the destination will increase your stress level and could adversely affect your driving.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor-in-Chief of IJCP, said, “A safe driver should strive to be physically fit, healthy and in the best condition possible for the challenges that extreme weather might throw at him. In adverse weather conditions it is even more important to be alert, using all your senses to identify potential dangers.”

Some tips from HCFI

  • If an accident occurs or your vehicle stalls, pull as far off the road as possible, turn on the flashing emergency lights, and move to a safe area. If there is no safe place next to the road, stay in your car and remain buckled up.
  • Drive in the Tyre prints of the car ahead of you. The water in tyre prints has already been displaced, so you get better traction.
  • If your car hydroplanes, hold the steering wheel steady and lightly apply brakes. When you feel the tyres touch the pavement, slow until you regain control.
  • Do not speed through standing water.
  • Motorcyclists should bear in mind that crosswalk lines and pavement arrows are super-slick.
  • Check the tyres and wipers of your car. According to the Traffic police, many drivers in accidents say their visibility was hampered as the car wipers smeared their windshields on a rainy day.
  • Do not brake while in a curve if possible. Brake before entering the curve.
  • Do not change lanes. If at all you need to do so, use turn signals for all lane changes and turn well in advance so that you do not surprise another driver and cause him to brake.

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