The Safest Tool To Diagnose and Predict Heart Disease
“Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.”— Anon
 
Nothing is independent in this world. The most dominant rhythm controls the smaller rhythms. This applies to the human body as well, where breathing is the most dominant rhythm which controls all others, including the heart. In physics, this is known as mode-locking. This can be easily seen in children where the heart runs faster on deep breathing in and goes slow when the child breathes out—mistakenly called sinus arrhythmia. In fact, this is the healthiest heart. This disappears gradually, as the child grows up in this wicked world and starts hating some people. If only we can nurture a child’s heart all our lives, we can have a healthy heart—a secret one should learn. Unfortunately, as we grow up, we seem to pile up all the negative traits like hatred, anger, super ego, jealousy, pride and hostility; each one of which tries to push us into the sympathetic mode that creates altered breathing pattern and gradually reduces our heart rate variability (HRV). The day HRV completely disappears and the heart becomes truly regular, man’s heart stops. 
 
But the good news is that, if we learn to become altruistic, HRV returns to normal again making the heart tick. I have been working with my associates for decades on HRV and human nature but the work was hampered by the absence of any reliable bedside gadget to study this most important parameter of heart’s function which made it cumbersome and forced it to remain a research tool until a professor friend of mine in Germany devised a simple bedside tool to do this. This is not encouraged by the industry and the conventional cardiology establishments as there is no big money involved here. They are also worried that their surrogate money-spinning diagnostic tests, like stress tests, echo and angiograms, might go out of the window if HRV becomes widely known and accepted by patients. 
 
In effect, HRV has diagnostic as well as prognostic value, especially the latter. It is basically non-invasive and patient-friendly. It is easily reproducible and is specific and highly sensitive for detecting heart diseases of all hues. There is mounting evidence to show the futility of an expensive angiogram in diagnosing and prognostication based on routine coronary angiograms. For example, “Less than 30% of the heart attack related coronary arteries are more than 50% blocked,” wrote Valentine Fuster from New York, years ago. Now comes an extensive study from America (our Indian intellectuals believe only such studies) which totally dissociates coronary arteries from heart attacks. 
 
Routine coronary angiograms were done on a cohort of men. Those with single vessel disease were left alone but it was predicted that, sooner or later, they will get a heart attack from that vessel block. Follow-up showed that some of them did get an infarct (heart attack) but never in the area of the heart supplied by that single blocked vessel! The infarct was always elsewhere. Most doctors are already aware of the normal coronary artery angina (NCA angina).  
 
Breathing modulates the heart rhythm through the autonomic nervous system. Deep breathing stimulates the sympathetic tone while breathing out gives a  parasympathetic tranquil tone. A small child loves everyone and everything in this world and, so, is always in the tranquil parasympathetic mode smiling around 1,000 times in 24 hours! This results in deliberate irregular heart (HRV) as described above.
 
When we try to bring the human mind, filled with negative feelings, back on track through meditation and breathing techniques like pranayama, HRV becomes normal. Our finding in 100 patients with advanced coronary disease has been published already. HRV is the safest and most reliable diagnostic and prognostic test for coronary disease.
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jayaraman R

1 year ago

we have lot of proponents of western waylife including lifestyle,food etc.,and we get easily trapped at the cost of localised living style which is time tested. Marketing in everything at the cost of everything else and the greed of mankind at all levels are the root causes of perils of today.Earlier we understand better for us.Only time will tell the difference

Shrik S

1 year ago

Humans are made to get used to complications - imagine that before 1990 when the markets opened up to capitalistic forces, Indians were definitely in general healthier and to that extent satisfied. Come the western capitalist forces we have now got hordes of money poured into the market just to make each individual 'a patient' to the global forces of 'health scares'.
And they have added another angle to it - produce more children so that the market volume does not reduce - so all the child care products, all the children's products are out there,
then make the children compete with each other, make them represent as angry, unsatisfied kids in advertisements, and affect their finer and delicate senses.. turn them into angry, dissatisfied, competing, resource hoggers.. and turn them into patients...

And another angle to indirectly affect female's finer senses, and create pressures that each woman ends up comparing and scaring herself out for her skin, bones, hair, eyes, hormones - thyroid scare -
and then they added forces to make women also get out and work in the name of gender equality, which in a way creating forces beyond what women would like to do themselves .. through their own creativity and for their own satisfaction.. this force of gender equality is an external force to create so much more pressure...
in a way create more stress in the industry and in individuals, create more 'patients'.

In parallel create a pseudo media propaganda from the western world to pursue heartfulness, mindfulness, yoga as done by the white men and women.. everything that India once had in its air is now being sold to it from the bottle, the can, the jar, the cylinder, Amway, BNI... blah blah.. And as Dr. has rightly pointed out, only then are we Indians are lapping it up, accepting it dime a dozen.

Imagine the load on the environment all this is having, by stripping earth of it's limited resources, we are cutting short the continuation of life on this planet. Each product that is marketed on this planet is being extracted from the very earth which can't reproduce immediately. Earth needs time to reproduce, to heal... are we even letting ourselves heal. that we will allow the earth to heal!
When will our senses prevail? by the time we realise this, it is too late in our lives and the damage is already done.. and a next generation is now ready to face it the heat.. forced upon them due to the stupidity of their parents.. cut their lives short..
and all this in the name of Karma, Krishna, Bhagavat Geeta??

Karma, Krishna, The Gita has always still said life is simple... it's the human nature of not realizing their true purpose, getting trapped in the vagaries of modern industrial life - that was technically NOT an original Indian/Indus Subcontinent by product - but now rules on each of us and we are trying to catch up with the good past...
can we?

Ramesh Poapt

1 year ago

superb, sir!

Samar Singh

1 year ago

My experience is that heart rate variability is basically indicating the state of the Autonomous Nervous System or ANS. An ANS deficit can be indicative of a number of diseased states including cancer and heart problems. I am not sure that smiling alone can cure the problem but I am certain that it is possible to avoid many diseases by managing the state of the ANS. Dr Porges - author of the polyvagal theory - talks of the import role of listening to a voice with high levels of prosody, and I know that the state of the ANS is reflected in the respiratory signature. The important thing is to recognise the role of the ANS in our physiological and mental health.

archana_rahatade

1 year ago

Wow. Such simple tool to avoid heart attack - Smile.

Dark Chocolate Helps in Improving Memory and Reducing Stress
Findings from two studies, presented at the experimental biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego, show that consumption of dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity, as it is a major source of flavonoids. This is the first time the effect has been studied on human subjects to determine how it can support cognitive, endocrine and cardio-vascular health and improve other brain functions. The data represents the first human trials examining the impact of consumption of dark chocolate.
 
This is the first time that studies have looked at the impact of large amounts of cocoa in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans, over short or long periods of time, and are encouraged by the findings. These studies show that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects. The flavonoids found in cacao are extremely potent anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, with known mechanisms beneficial for brain and cardio-vascular health.
 
This study assessed the electro-encephalography (EEG) response to consuming 48gm (grams) of dark chocolate (70% cacao) after 30 and 120 minutes, on modulating brain frequencies. The findings show that this super food of 70% cacao enhances neuro-plasticity for behavioural and brain health benefits. The research requires further investigation, specifically to determine the significance of these effects for immune cells and the brain in larger study populations. 
 
Weight Loss? Vegetarian Diet Is as Good as Mediterranean Diet
According to the research published in Circulation, vegetarian diet (VD) is said to be just as effective for weight loss as the famous Mediterranean diet (MD). The study discovered this by randomly assigning overweight omnivores with a low-to-moderate cardio-vascular risk profile a low-calorie VD compared with a low-calorie MD, each lasting three months.
 
 
Clinically, 107 healthy participants (18-75 years of age) with a low-to-moderate cardio-vascular risk profile were recruited and the eligibility criteria included being overweight along with the simultaneous presence of the following criteria: total cholesterol levels >190 mg/dL, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels >115 mg/dL, triglyceride levels >150 mg/dL, and glucose levels >110 but <126 mg/dL. The aim was to compare, in a population of omnivorous individuals living in a low-risk (for cardio-vascular disease) European country, the effects of a three-month period of being on a low-calorie VD, compared with being on a low-calorie MD on several markers of cardio-vascular disease risk. The participants spent half of that time consuming an MD before switching to a VD. While the former advocates lean proteins, nuts and whole grains, the latter excludes meat and fish but permits dairy and eggs. 
 
Following final examinations, the research concluded that both diets were as effective in reducing body weight, fat mass and body mass index, with the average participant losing 1.88kg on VD and another 1.77kg on MD. They also examined the effect both diets had on participants’ cardio-vascular health and found that both were equally effective in different ways. Both, VD and MD, were effective in reducing body weight, body mass index, and fat mass, with no significant differences between them. However, VD was more effective in reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels known as ‘bad’ cholesterol for its propensity to build-up in the arteries and potentially causes a stroke or a heart attack, whereas MD led to a greater reduction in triglyceride levels or fatty acids, which can be similarly detrimental to heart health when a build-up occurs.

 

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What Is the ‘Normal’ Blood Pressure Level?
Anybody who has followed the frequent changes in these guidelines in the recent few months is bound to get confused. The 2013 guidelines of the joint national committee-VIII (JNC-VIII) on prevention, detection, evaluation and treatment of high blood pressure (BP)comes from some of the best brains on the committee which declared, after due consideration, that the normal pressure levels should be at least 159 systolic and 99 diastolic for adults and 140/90 for a diabetic. This looks very reasonable scientifically. For reasons best known to them, they withheld this revelation for a good four years and released them for public consumption only in 2017. Immediately after this came a rebuttal from a group of super-intelligent American hypertensionologists who argued that it would be prudent to lower the blood pressure to 130/80 for all.
 
Way back in 2005, when JNC-V had suggested simple diuretics as the first line of treatment for hypertension, there was a huge hue and cry saying that diuretics are not the ideal drugs and the better drugs are alpha blockers and ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors, by a group of self-declared super specialists, although the JNC-V was headed by an eminent specialist who is one of the best in the world. What on earth is the scientific basis for this recent guideline of 130/80 as an ideal blood pressure? In the US, guidelines are mandatory as the so-called modern medicine has got legal monopoly on sickness-care.
 
There are no studies to support these varying claims at different times. The recommendation is subjective personal opinion, based on some statistical data which do not apply to individual patients. Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial (MRFIT) study did throw some indirect light on the subject by showing that the lower the blood pressure reading, the better are the mortality and morbidity rates. But without any cut-off level, this statistic is not reliable. Moreover, there is no evidence in the MRFIT data to show the drug-induced lowering of blood pressure is good for health. The data shows the normal blood pressure levels in the society and not drug-induced blood pressure levels. So, this data does not give credence to the claims that we should lower the blood pressure to 130/80 to get better results than keeping them at 140/90. Now, it is clear, in retrospect, that all these guidelines which keep changing frequently, are based on individual opinions which have no documented scientific basis.
 
Meanwhile, more and more drug companies have come out with expensive new BP-lowering drugs without any long-term experiential wisdom. Obviously, the various changes in BP guidelines would have come because of drug company pressures; it is now known that many ‘experts’ are under the influence of drug companies. As a researcher in the area, for the past half a century, I fail to understand any scientific basis otherwise. May God help our hapless patients who swallow these drugs faithfully!
 
An anecdotal story will illustrate the situation. Two close friends who were classmates from school became doctors. One settled in America as a professor and the other in India as professor in medical college. At the  of 50 years, both had what is called elevated BP which some guideline thought war-ranted drug therapy. While the Indian friend opted for lifestyle change and yoga, the American friend opted for drugs, as he believed in the American system. He was put on powerful ACE inhibitors and ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers). Today, after nearly 30 years, the American friend is on daily dialysis as he developed chronic kidney disease, while his counterpart is still not on anti-hypertensive drugs. Though this anecdote does not support any one view, it gives us a better insight into how un-reliable these linear statistical data are, in real-life situations. 
 
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Nilesh Parikh

1 year ago

This hypertension issue heading in the same direction as the Cholesterol causes heart attack diathesis, that is, on the verge of collapse. But they are giving small doses of relaxation in criteiras, which is easily understandable.

Ramesh Poapt

1 year ago

good one again.
indians must reduce stress to be safe..

Pattabiraman Av

1 year ago

Ultimately what is the real advuce for indian BP patients who arenin 140/90. Range; should they take advanced costly medicines or just ugnore. BP reading

SUBHASH CHATTERJEE

1 year ago

Question is without any 100% sure shot proof,our intelligent brain is not able to accept the simple answers to complex questions and this is what then happens to us.Same for drugs too. We always think Europeans/Americans are the absolute truth and what ever they say is the ULTIMATE and so pay the price

Raul Verma

1 year ago

Sir,
In case a person has already started on medications like ACE inhibitors can he/ she withdraw now and institute lifestyle changes without any adverse effects?

Merchant M S

1 year ago

Sir, are there any study on Indian patients? If so please give a reference.

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