Benefits of Blood Donation

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The misconception that a person becomes weak after blood donation is wrong. On the contrary, donating blood improves overall health. However, it is advised to sit in an observation area to have light snack and rest for about 15 minutes. Avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for the next five hours. If you feel lightheaded, lie down with your feet up until the feeling passes.
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Join us for a Walkathon organised by Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru on the occasion of World Heart Day with Mr. Robin Uthappa and Ms. Reeth Abraham

Date: 27th September
Time: 6:30 am
Route:
Starting Point – Vikram Hospital via Raj Bhawan, High Court, Cubbon Park Entrance
End Point – Press Club , Cubbon Park Gate

To register, contact Kavita (+91-9620008647)

Impact of Irregular Sleep

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Research shows that adults who slept fewer than five hours a night had 50% more calcium in their coronary arteries than those who slept seven hours and those who slept nine hours or more a night had even worse outcomes, with 70% more coronary calcium compared to those who slept seven hours. Calcium buildup and arterial stiffness are two important warning signs of oncoming heart disease. Contact us athttp://www.vikramhospital.com/cardiac-hospital-bangalore.php for help.
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Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. 
Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.

Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information.
The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information because Alzheimer’s changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning. As Alzheimer’s advances through the brain it leads to increasingly severe symptoms, including disorientation, mood and behavior changes; deepening confusion about events, time and place; unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers; more serious memory loss and behavior changes; and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.

Microscopic changes in the brain begin long before the first signs of memory loss.The brain has 100 billion nerve cells (neurons). Each nerve cell connects with many others to form communication networks. Groups of nerve cells have special jobs. Some are involved in thinking, learning and remembering. Others help us see, hear and smell.
Scientists believe Alzheimer’s disease prevents parts of a cell’s factory from running well. They are not sure where the trouble starts. But just like a real factory, backups and breakdowns in one system cause problems in other areas. As damage spreads, cells lose their ability to do their jobs and, eventually die, causing irreversible changes in the brain.