(Asian News Hub) – Heart diseases affect millions of people and are the second biggest cause of death across the globe.
Each year, millions of people die due to a heart attack, which happens when something blocks the blood flow to your heart, so it doesn’t get the oxygen it needs.
Also known as myocardial infections, symptoms of a heart attack include discomfort, pressure or pain in your chest or arm, indigestion, discomfort, sweating, upset stomach, vomiting, severe weakness, anxiety, fatigue, fast or uneven heartbeat.
However, symptoms can vary from one person to another. However, it can be difficult to predict when a person is most likely to suffer from a heart attack.But a particular study has found the answer to this complicated question (to some extent).
Monday Is The Day People Might Get A Heart Attack
But scientists have been successful to find about the day when most people might get a heart attack – MONDAY!
As per the study published in the American Heart Journal, most people are prone to getting a heart attack on a Monday. For the study, researchers analysed data from more than 1,56,000 hospitals for heart attacks for a total of seven years.
The findings revealed that the chances of having a heart attack elevate when a person is stressed, and Monday is considered to be a stressful day for most people. World Heart Day 2020: What it takes to live a heart-healthy life?
As per the study results, the rate of myocardial infarction (MI) was greater during the winter holidays or on Mondays. They also found that the chances of a person getting a heart attack are lower on weekends and during summer vacations.
The results show that people are at an 11 per cent higher risk of getting heart attacks on a Monday than any other day of the week.
Another reason could be your body’s clock is not aligned with your routine. Your body’s internal system us governed by a master clock called the circadian rhythm, which is responsible to keep your body in sync with the day and night cycle.
When or behaviour is out of sync with our internal clocks, it can lead to health problems, including a heart attack. This may also help explain why heart attacks are more likely to happen on a Monday.
According to Harvard Health, people tend to stay up later than usual on a weekend and then sleep late when the next day starts. It is a phenomenon known as ‘social jet lag.’ This causes a delay in the circadian rhythm because, on a Monday, you force your body to wake up on time. This misalignment can lead to elevated blood pressure levels and lead to changes in the nervous system function, which makes people more vulnerable to heart attacks.
Stress on a Monday is one of the biggest factors that could lead to a heart attack. When your stress levels are high, it causes the amygdala (part of the brain) to spike, which may trigger the bone marrow to produce more immune cells to fight stress. This could lead to inflammation, which, in turn, could hurt your arteries and heart.
What Can You Do?
As mentioned, one of the biggest contributors to heart diseases is unhealthy habits that throw your body’s natural rhythms out of whack.
Certain things you need to keep in mind include:
- Eat a healthy diet that contains all nutrients
- Avoid exposure to nighttime light exposure that may suppress the release of melatonin and disrupt your sleep
- From eating to sleeping to waking up, make sure you stick to a schedule
- Exercise regularly
- Try deep breathing or meditation
Talk to someone you trust or a professional about the stress
COVID19 vaccines effective enough, no need for third booster jab: Lancet
(Asian News Hub) – Vaccines are effective enough at preventing severe cases of Covid-19 that there is no current need for the general population to be given third doses, according to a report in The Lancet published Monday.
Some countries have started offering extra doses over fears about the much more contagious Delta variant, causing the World Health Organization to call for a moratorium on third jabs amid concerns about vaccine supplies to poorer nations, where millions have yet to receive their first jab.
The new report by scientists, including from the WHO, concluded that even with the threat of Delta, “booster doses for the general population are not appropriate at this stage in the pandemic”.
The authors, who reviewed observational studies and clinical trials, found that vaccines remain highly effective against severe symptoms of Covid-19, across all the main virus variants including Delta, although they had lower success in preventing asymptomatic cases of the disease.
“Taken as a whole, the currently available studies do not provide credible evidence of substantially declining protection against severe disease, which is the primary goal of vaccination,” said lead author Ana-Maria Henao-Restrepo, of the WHO.
She said vaccine doses should be prioritised to people around the world still waiting for a jab.
“If vaccines are deployed where they would do the most good, they could hasten the end of the pandemic by inhibiting further evolution of variants,” she added.
COVID-19: Samba becomes first district to complete vaccination for all above 18 years
Instead of waiting for people to come, we reached out to them: DC Samba; LG congratulates for achieving milestone
(Asian News Hub) – Amid the ongoing Covid vaccination drive in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, Samba has become the first district in giving the first dose of Covid vaccine to all above 18 years of age.
A top health official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that there are around 241,000 persons in the district in between 18-44 age group and all of them have already got their first dose of Covid vaccine.
He said that around 78,000 (33 percent) people have also got second dose of Covid vaccine and the process of vaccinating more and more people is going on. “It was possible only due to the efforts of health workers and front line workers who have worked tirelessly to achieve this milestone,” the official said.
District Magistrate Samba Anuradha Gupta said that since the beginning Samba district started the vaccination process strategically and Samba was among first few districts which completed vaccination process of all above 45 years of age.
“Instead of waiting for people to come to us, we went to them. We had constituted mobile teams to reach everyone. We were vaccinating above 45 age group the positivity and mortality rate started declining and people understood the importance of vaccination,” Gupta said.
She said that then people above 18 years came on their own without need of any mobilisation and “our efforts are on complete second dose process at an earliest.”
Meanwhile LG Manoj Sinha has congratulated the Covid management team of Samba and health care workers for their tireless efforts in completing 100 percent vaccination of above 18 years of age. He hoped that other districts will catch up soon and complete this process as well.
“Congratulations to Covid mgmt team of Samba & health care workers for their tireless effort to ensure 100% vaccination of above 18 yrs of age.Samba becomes first distt. of J&K to achieve this milestone & I am sure other districts will catch up soon,” Office of LG tweeted.
DAK urges flu vaccination for children ahead of third Covid wave
(Asian News Hub) – Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Wednesday urged parents to get their children vaccinated against flu ahead of third Covid wave which is predicted to happen sometime in the fall of this year and is expected to affect kids the most.
“Receiving a flu shot could make it easier to tell if your child has Covid-19 in the event he/she gets sick as both illnesses have similar symptoms,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.
“This year’s flu season will likely coincide with the predicted third Covid wave. Administering flu vaccine would reduce the number of unnecessary Covid-19 tests that would limit the burden on hospitals and healthcare workers,” he added.
Quoting a recent study conducted at the University of Missouri School of Medicine Columbia, Dr Hassan said flu vaccination may offer some protection against Covid-19 in the pediatric population.
“The study found that those Covid-19 positive patients who had been administered the flu vaccine in the 2020 flu season had reduced odds of experiencing symptoms, respiratory complications and severe disease,” he said.
The DAK President said we would be facing a double whammy of flu and Covid this fall.
“You can catch the flu and Covid at the same time which could increase your risk of ending up in ICU or on a ventilator. That makes this season’s flu vaccine vitally important,” he said.
“Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine before the start of flu season which begins in October and can last late into May. Since it takes 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to become fully effective, it is best to get the vaccine in September,” said Dr Nisar.
“This season’s flu vaccine has been updated to better match currently circulating viruses. This year a quadrivalent influenza vaccine containing H1N1, H3N2 and two B viruses – Victoria and Yamagata is recommended,” he said.
“While the vaccine is recommended for all, it is especially needed in young children, elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions.
Vaccination to expectant mothers is critically important to protect their new born babies’ upto 6 months who are too young to receive the vaccine,” he added.
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