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Children and adolescents with congenital heart disease should avoid body piercing

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Children and teenagers with congenital heart disease should be strongly discouraged from getting a tattoo or piercing their ears or other body parts, because it could lead to a potentially deadly infection of the heart called endocarditis.

Infective endocarditis occurs when bacteria or fungi attaches and begins to grow on the valves of the heart. If left untreated, it can lead to a fatal destruction of heart muscle.

Most people are not aware that they should talk to their doctor before tattooing or piercing their body.

Body art in the form of tattoos and piercing has become increasingly popular among children and teenagers.

Most experts today strongly discourage all forms of body art. For those who cannot be dissuaded, the recommendation is to give antibiotics prior to tattooing or piercing, “with strong advice for prompt treatment of any signs of subsequent infection”.

Heart Care Foundation of India and Citizens’ Forum to support congenital heart surgeries

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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New Delhi: February 13, 2014: Heart Care Foundation of India jointly with Citizens’ Forum will assist in providing free treatment to children with congenital heart disease who otherwise cannot afford treatment.

Giving the details, Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National & DST National Science Communication Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and Mr. R S P Sinha, President Citizens’ Forum in a joint statement said that children with congenital heart disease who may not be able to afford the treatment can approach the Foundation for assistance.

The Foundation will provide them free diagnosis and facilitate treatment at various hospitals in Delhi NCR. The assistance will be only for non-emergent planned surgical treatments. The Foundation reserves the right to reject or accept any application.

Most congenital heart disease today can be corrected surgically and the child can live a near normal life. Lakhs of children inIndiadie every year because they cannot afford surgical intervention.

The Foundation has started a campaign called ‘Murmur’ under which awareness is being created about how to diagnose a child with congenital heart disease, which includes holes in the heart.

A murmur is an abnormal rumbling sound which can be auscultated by a stethoscope on the heart area. Even paramedics can pick up a murmur. All children with a murmur need evaluation to rule out underlying congenital heart disease.

About HCFI : The only National Not for profit NGO, on whose mega community health education events, Govt. of India has released two National Commemorative stamps and one cancellation stamp, and who has conducted one to one training on” Hands only CPR” of 86664 people since 1st November 2012.

The CPR 10 Mantra is – “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 continuously and effectively with a speed of 10×10 i.e. 100 per minute.”