Ramadhan Tips for Cardiac CareBy admin, Gaea News Network
Friday, September 4, 2009
Myocardial infarction or heart attack is known to be the number killer worldwide and a major cause of disability. During the Ramadhan period, patients with heart problems are encouraged to take extra care of their eating habit to avoid potential heart attack. Al Raffah Hospital’s Cardiologist, Dr. Shaju Padman, shares relevant tips for people with heart problem
• Generally, not all people are aware of the classic symptoms of a heart illness. Majority tend to ignore the warning signs until it them. Whenever people start feeling any of the symptoms, they should not think of it as mere effects of fasting or due to acidity or gastritis. People should immediately consult their doctor and undergo cardiac evaluation including (ECG (Electro Cardiogram) and blood tests to rule out myocardial infarction (heart attack).
• People diagnosed with heart problem should ideally undertake the Ramadhan fast under medical supervision by their cardiologist.
• Simple exercise like brisk walking may be undertaken by patient only after consultation with cardiologist, as it will improve your good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) which is cardio protective. It can improve lipid profile and lower cardiac risk.
• Better to grill or bake - stick to heart friendly diet including fish, whole grain food, fruits and vegetables.
• Patient with diabetes and heart disease also need to have diabetic medication adjusted during Ramadan. Cardiologist can change the schedule of medications - taken three times a day can be substituted by once daily longer acting preparations. Patient with diabetes and heart disease should monitor their blood sugar regularly, always watching for the alarming sign of low blood sugar like dizziness, sweating, weakness and palpitation.
• While breaking fast, patients are advised to take a diet low in salt, sugar and fat. They should take complex Carbohydrates like cereals. This complex carbohydrate can last for longer hours compared to refined sugars and sweets.
The saying “Prevention is better that cure” is what Al Raffah Hospital is echoing to all as a show of our commitment to care for people. We encourage everyone to take heed of the classic symptoms of a heart illness. A regular health check is necessary to monitor one’s health condition and to avoid the risk of a heart attack.
• For further information, please contact Al Raffah Hospital at 98294365 / 95535491.