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Dr K K Aggarwal

Padma Shri & Dr. B C Roy National Awardee, Dr. K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India is awarded with Harpal S Buttar Oration Award by the 6th International conference of International Academy for Cardiovascular Sciences.

The award consists of a memento and a cash prize of Rs. 10000.

The Oration was given to Dr. Aggarwal for his outstanding contribution for heart care and other achievements in cardiovascular sciences.

The Award was given by International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences India The award was given by Nobel Laureate Dr Ferid Murad of Washington University. Others who were present were Dr Harpal S Buttar himself and Dr G N Singh Drug Controller General of India.

Prof. Buttar is an eminent professor in Canada and has made significant contributions in peventive cardiology, especially role of diet.

The Oration was chaired by Dr. Robert Roberts, President and CEO, House of Ottawa Heart Institute Canada and Dr. S C Tiwari.

Dr. Aggarwal, who is also currently Senior Vice President Indian Medical Association, spoke on the concept of Savitri mantra for reviving a heart after sudden cardiac death.

Dr. Aggarwal said that consciousness does not leave the body for up to few minutes after cardiac arrest. During this period, if hands only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR 10) is attempted by bystander, the person can be revived.

At Heart Care Foundation of India, Dr. Aggarwal has designed the Savitri Mantra for easy adoption of the same by the public. It is based on the traditional Indian Vedic knowledge where Savitri fought with Yamraja and saved her husband Satyavan, probably, by doing something equivalent to hands only CPR.

The Savitri Mantra is the Formula of 10 (CPR 10), which talks about the importance of the numerical number ‘10’. It says, in English “To revive a person from sudden cardiac death, within 10 minutes of death (earlier the better), at least for the next 10 minutes (longer the better), compress the centre of the chest of the dead person by 1 ½” distance continuously with a speed of 10×10 i.e. 100 per minute.”

In Hindi it can be remembered as “Marne ke dus minute ke andar (jitna jaldi utna behtar), kam se kam agle dus minute tak (jitni der tak utna behtar, 10×10=100 ki gati se, apni chhati peetne ke bajaye mare hue aadmi ki chhati peeto.”

In a survey conducted on 1000 school children after three months, a recall value of Hindi version of the Mantra was excellent with 90% remembering the later part of the mantra and 60% remembering the complete mantra.

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Food poisoning with rice dishes

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Staph and Bacillus cereus can cause acute food poisoning within 6 hours of ingestion of food. B. cereus is likely when rice is the culprit

  • B. cereus is able to persist in food processing environments due to its ability to survive at extreme temperatures as well as its ability to form biofilms and spores.
  • B. cereus has been recovered from a wide range of foods, including rice, dairy products, spices, bean sprouts and other vegetables.
  • Fried rice is an important cause of emetic–type food poisoning associated with B. cereus
  • The organism is frequently present in uncooked rice, and heat–resistant spores may survive cooking.
  • Cooked rice subsequently at room temperature can allow vegetative forms to multiply, and the heat-stable toxin that is produced can survive brief heating such as stir frying
  • Two distinct types of toxin–mediated food poisoning are caused by B. cereus, characterized by either diarrhea or vomiting, depending on which toxin is involved. The diarrheal toxin is produced by vegetative cells in the small intestine after ingestion of either bacilli or spores. The emetic toxin is ingested directly from contaminated food. Both toxins cause disease within 24 hours of ingestion.
  • The emetic syndrome is caused by direct ingestion of the toxin.
  • The number of viable spores and vegetative bacteria that produce diarrheal toxin is reduced by heating, although spores associated with emetic toxin are capable of surviving heat processing.
  • Cereulide is heat stable and resistant to gastric conditions.
  • The ingested toxin itself may therefore cause disease despite sufficient heating to kill B cereus.
  • The emetic syndrome is characterized by abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Diarrhea also occurs in about one-third of individuals. Symptom onset is usually within one to five hours of ingestion, but it can also occur within half an hour and up to six hours after ingestion of contaminated food.
  • Symptoms usually resolve in 6 to 24 hours.
  • Rice–based dishes in particular have been implicated in emetic toxin mediated disease, usually as a result of cooling fried rice dishes overnight at room temperature followed by reheating the next day.
  • The infective dose of cereulide required to cause symptoms is 8 to 10 micrograms per kilogram of body weight.
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An empty mind is the devil’s house

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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It is an old saying that “Khali dimag shaitan ka ghar”.

Empty mind means when you are doing nothing and Shaitan means negative thoughts. In terms of Vedic Sciences, negative thoughts mean absence of positive thoughts and they are often equated to darkness which is absence of light.

Positive thoughts always need efforts and exertions while negative thoughts are spontaneous and without exertion. It is recommended that one should think differently and positive otherwise there will be spontaneous appearance of negative thoughts.

Darkness is spontaneous and naturally present and to bring light one has to make efforts by switching on the light or the nature has to ask the Sun to come and give the light.

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Treadmill, stress echocardiography, Thallium and Angiography do not detect early blockages. Treadmill can miss blockages up to 70%; stress echocardiography up to 60%, angiography upto 40%.

Most heart attacks occur because of a plaque rupture in patients with blockages of less than 50%. If the blockage is more than 70% the patient usually presents with heart pain and not massive heart attack.

The only way to detect heart blockages before they cause symptoms or are detected in conventional tests is to measure the wall thickness of the neck artery or the leg artery. Normally, the wall thickness is less than 0.5mm. If the wall thickness is more than 0.75mm, it is suggestive of underlying heart blockages and if it is more than 1mm, it is suggestive of blockages in all three arteries of the heart.

Any thickness of more than 1mm is called as a plaque and a plaque area calculated by high resolution ultrasound is a new marker for heart blockages, progression as well as regression.

If the artery wall is thick in both the neck artery and the leg artery, it is very likely that the patient will also have blockages in the arteries of the heart.

All high risk individuals, therefore, should have their neck and leg artery wall thickness checkup done. Only 2% of patients with blockages in all three arteries of the heart have a neck artery wall thickness of less than 1mm and 94% of patients with a neck artery wall thickness of more than 1.15mm will have multiple blockages in the heart.

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Everyone is born with a passport with a defined battery life to live up to 100 years after which one has to go back to renewal or recharging of the batteries.

If the battery is overused or misused and is depleted early, one may have to go back prematurely for recharging, but this time when one comes back, he or she may come back with a different body which may not be the human one. There are 64 lac Yonis as described in the Vedic Literature.

According to the Vedic description if one dies prematurely there are chances that the rebirth will not be in the same species.

To live up to the time period defined at the time of birth by the Dharamaraja one has to follow the principles as described in Yogashastra.

The main principle is the principle of moderation and variety. It says that everything has to be used, if not used will get rusted and if over used well get wear and tear. The classical example is that GOD had made uterus in the women for producing a child if the same organ is not used at al it will produce a fibroid and if over used it may end up in a cancer.

When using the principles of moderation and variety when should remember that each one of us is born with a fix quota of everything, a quota of diet, respirations, heart rate and thoughts.

According to swara yoga one is born with pre defined number of respirations to be taken during life. If one consumes them early he will depart for refueling early from the life. To reduce the respiratory rate is therefore the basis of postponing aging and prolonging life. Stimulating para sympathetic nervous system by learning and practicing pranayama, which is slower and deeper breathing, does the same.

One breathes 15 times a minute or 21600 breaths in a day, or 7884000 (78.84 lac) a year or 788400000 (78.84 crores) during life (assuming it to be 100 years). Some yoga books say that a person is born with 33 crore breaths, the same if taken at the rate or 15 per minute would last for 42 years.

Infect Pranayama originated on the concept that the breaths of everyone of us are numbered, that our life–span is dependent on how many times we shall breathe in a given life, and that, as a consequence of this fact, we must reduce the number of breaths so as to live longer.

In Gorakshapaddhati (I.93), it is written that “Due to fear of death even Brahma, the Lord of creation, keeps on practicing pranayama, and so do manyyogisand minis. It is recommended that a student of yoga must always control his breath.”

Hathayoga–pradipika (II.39) also writes: ‘All the gods including Lord Brahma became devoted to the practice of pranayama because they were afraid of death. We the mortals should follow the same path and control the breath.”

Similarly one is born with a quota of heartbeats. The same is at an average of 70 per minute. Many studies have shown that people who’s resting heart rate is higher have more chances of sudden death. The aim therefore is to keep the heart rate at a lower pace. The same can be achieved either by regular exercise, meditation, AUM Pranayama, or by meditation. People who indulge in marathons or athletic activities, the temporary increase in the heart rate during exercise is compensated by the body by adapting the cardio vascular system in such a way that the basal heart rate reduces. The marathon runners may have a heart rate of only 50 per minute.

The less one eats the more he lives is an Yogic saying, It is said that people who eats once a day are Yogi, twice a day are Bhogi and thrice a day are Rogi. There are enough studies now, which say that 25% reduction in the calories content can increase the life span. Many studies in rodents have also shown the same effect.

The moderation in exercise is to walk 10000 steps a day. No exercise will end up with obesity and over use with osteoarthritis.

Stress is the excess of thoughts in the mind. Controlling the mind forms the basis of meditation. Samadhi is the state of no thoughts. Practicing meditation 20 minutes twice daily helps in the restrain of the mind with resultant state of Turya where the mind has controlled limited positive thoughts.

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Even Children Can Have Acidity

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Children who have continuing recurrence of cough and croup could be suffering from stomach acid reflux problems.

Croup or ‘Kali Khansi’ as it is called in local parlance is recognized by a loud cough that often sounds like the barking of a seal. It can cause rapid or difficult breathing, and sometimes wheezing. Croup is thought to be caused by a virus, but reflux acidity has been suggested as a possible trigger.

In gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach acid causes swelling and inflammation of the larynx, which narrows the airway. It can trigger more swelling with any kind of viral or respiratory infection.

Identifying children with gastroesophageal reflux disease could help treat and improve recurring croup. It is unusual for a child to have three or more bouts of croup over a short period of time. These children need to be evaluated.

The same is true for adults also. Patients with non responding asthma should be investigated for underlying acidity as the cause of acute asthma.

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1. Both sexuality and spirituality have been mentioned in mythology to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. An educational art was created at Khajuraho which talks about “multiple positions with one are better than one position with many.”

2. Asexual reproduction – Lord Ganesha’s birth from the skin of Goddess Parvati represents a form of asexual reproduction using pluripotent cells.

3. The birth of Kartikay from Shiva can be linked to success story of in vitro fertilization. Shiva throws away white sparks (semen) in the air (centrifugation), they fell down in river (petri dish) become five petal flower (5 cell zygote) adopted by local Kartikayan girls (in vitro fertilization) and Kartikay was born.

4. Artificial insemination of semen was well described in mythology. The birth of Dashrath’s children, Hanuman all were probably examples of the same.

5. Sexuality and spirituality are opposite to each other. No Tirath Sthan is ever used as honeymoon place.

6. Bull or Nandi represents sexual desires and is always placed outside Shiva Mandir. You cannot enter a spiritual place without sexual desires on.

7. Polygamy was the need of the day at that time as is evident by three wives of Dashrath and five husbands of Draupadi.

8. Santoshi Mata Ka Vrat was created to prevent iron deficiency anemia in child bearing age ladies. They were made to eat Gur (iron) and Chana (protein) every week to prevent recurrent abortions and death by anemia.

9. Ashrams were created in mythology as part of discipline. Brahmcharya was the period for education and Grihastha for active sexual reproductive life.

10. Dharma Artha Kama Moksha were the four purposes of life which meant earning money righteously to fulfill all our desires which leads to inner happiness.

11. Sex education at that time was through sculptures.

12. The Science of Kamasutra was the classical textbook which promoted sexual hygiene.

13. True love was symbolized by Meera–Krishna and Radha–Krishna.

14. Marriages were not solemnized in Chaturmaas as during this period the mind is always in a negative state with more chances of divorce.

15. The marriage months have been the month of Maagh, Vaishakh and Kartik. These are spontaneous months with increased fertility.

16. To enhance fertility Shahi snans were advocated which involve exposure to sun so that vitamin D deficiency can be avoided.

17. Marriage seasons used to start with Tulsi Vivah which meant that Shyama Tulsi seeds are good for fertility and make the semen thick.

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Over 1000 children trained in cardiac first aid

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Padma Shri & Dr.  B C Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India trained over 1000 school children at Guru Harkrishan Public School, Hargovind Enclave in cardiac first aid including how to revive a dead person after sudden cardiac death.

Speaking to the children, Dr. Aggarwal said that all school children enrolling for a competitive sports should get a cardiac evaluation done. This should include specialist consultation along with ECG and, if any abnormal heart sounds is viewed clinical chest examination and an echocardiogram should be done.

In children, even if a child dies during a strenuous exertion, he can be revived if a bystander standing attempts hand only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  Apart, children should learn CPR 10 because they can also revive other persons with heart attack outside their school arena.

Dr. Aggarwal said that CPR learning has a special technique which involves CPR Asana and CPR Mudra. CPR Asana is standing on your knees in front of the dead person who is lying on a flat surface and CPR Mudra means straightening hands with no bending of the elbow  and compress the centre of the chest of the dead person with a speed of 10×10 i.e. 100 per minute.

Dr. Aggarwal revised the CPR mantra in the form of a chanting to every child in Hindia which says – “Marneke dus minute ke andar (jitna jaldi utna behtar), kam se kam agle dus minute tak (jitni der tak utna behtar, 10×10=100 ki gati se, apni chhati peetne ke bajaye mare hue aadmi ki chhati peeto”.

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