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Is it necessary to get health checkup done ? What if I have to take medicines everyday?

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Dr Paula Goel , Fayth Clinic

Does the thought of taking medicine create irrational fear in your heart ?

If so, you may suffering  from a rare phobia called pharmacophobia which is  the irrational fear of taking medication. Patients who suffer from pharmacophobia experience palpitations, panic attacks, racing heart rates, trembling, nausea, and even weakness. These are all traditional anxiety symptoms that stem from an overactive “fight or flight” response in the body.

When these individuals have to go for medical assessment or even for routine annual health screening , they get very stressed out . The first thought which enters their head is “ What if something is wrong and I do need to take medicines”. This creates an anxiety situation leading to fight or flight response . Sometimes , so high is the fear , that they stop taking their medications leading to aggravation of the disease process and causing a great deal of harm to themselves.

So , is it possible to overcome this fear of pharmacophobia ? Here’s the good news: it is possible to overcome your pharmacophobia. Start with these strategies to build up your anxiety coping mechanism.

Find out how the pharmacophobia started 

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Generally this develops after a particular negative experience in the past like side effects or aallergic effects which could have been life threatening or they could have seen a loved one suffering a serious illness which required taking very strong medications and associated with death. Even though the death may not have been as a result of the medications, the brain then draws the correlations between the two. This may cause patients to fear that they will have the same experience. Therapists often refer to this as “fearing the fear” itself.

If you can trace your fear back to when it may have started, you may also identify what caused it in the first place. Think back to negative experiences you or someone you know has had with medication. How did those experiences affect you? Remind yourself that someone else having a negative experience does not necessarily mean you will  too.

Try taking your first dose in front of your doctor

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If there is tremendous fear of taking medications by yourself , you could take the first dose in front of your doctor , so that you can be monitored and incase of any adverse effects , you can be treated immediately . Once you realize that there are no problems , you can overcome your phobia and start taking them at home in front of your family members .  Research tells is that people with pharmacophobia experience the most fear with the first dose. As they take their medication and witness the lack of side effects, the anxiety lessens – hopefully it lessens for you, too

 

 

Try Talk Therapy

 

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If you still require help to deal with pharmacophobia , you could go for Talk therapy, including both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), can both significantly help people who suffer from pharmacophobia. The first attempts to change how you perceive your fear, and thus, its outcome. The second approach teaches you to be mindful and stay in the moment. In phobias where regressions and triggers can potentially cause more harm than good if mishandled, hence finding the right therapist is vitally important

You could also try  DBTSelfHelp.com. This website contains a database of DBT-based exercises and information you can put to use right at home. Practical skills learned include distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and mindfulness

Try Exposure Therapy

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Exposure therapy may help to desensitize you. This form of therapy exposes you to your fear with a therapist by your side to help you work through the negative emotions you experience. By research and statistics, it shows the highest level of efficacy in resolving extreme phobias. Exposure therapy is often gradual, so a complete fix may not happen for months or even years. However, it is still a valuable long-term tool. Patients with phobias who undergo exposure therapy often come to resolve their fears completely and permanently

Change Your Dosing Method

The phobia itself may be related to a specific form of dosing rather than the medication itself. Patients may struggle with swallowing medicines , but do fine when given intramuscular injections. Others may be fine with pills, but struggle with topicals. Even the fear of choking on medication can be enough to dissuade some patients from sticking with treatment. Changing the approach to accommodate may be easier than eliminating it.

Compounding is especially useful for children with pharmacophobia, who may be more willing to take a medication that has better taste over a formula that’s bitter or sour. Pharmacists can add in flavoring to make the medication more palatable.

What’s most important is that you know pharmacophobia is nothing to be scared of . There are  plenty of patients who struggle with it, and most eventually overcome their fears and can get treated for their medical problems.  It is always best to diagnose & identify medical problems early in the course of the disease . You can, too!

Fayth Clinic ( NABH accredited & ISO 9001:2015 certified ) diagnostic centre & medical clinic has multiple packages for health checkup .  Our integrated diagnostic and medical services with experience of senior medical consultants  provide patient friendly healthcare services . We provide 3 years digitalized medical reports which is accessible worldwide . Our entire health  checkup process takes only 2 hours to complete . Our doctors  and paramedical staff are easily accessible and empathetic to the patients needs. The kind of customers who love our work are the one are busy to look after their healthcare needs &who require reminders , rapid service and effective  response from us.

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It is imperative to get your annual health evaluation done   Book your health checkup today at  8879443733/7738630144  or send us an enquiry at services@faythclinic.com .

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5 Reasons Why You Avoid Health Checkup

5 reasons why you avoid  health checkup

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Over 1/3 of patients avoid health screenings or even avoid going to medical checkup due to belief systems related to health care . These belief systems could be related to previous unfavourable situations or evaluations perceived by them , their friends or relatives . This could be related to factors related to doctors , healthcare organizations and affective concerns.

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Here are 5 reasons why people avoid medical checkups :

1.There may be a low perceived need to seek medical care as individual feels that their illness or symptom may improve with time or improve on their own  . Hence , they are willing to wait and endure the illness. Many time , such patient seek healthcare services at the time when its too late . Many do not believe in going to the doctor because they did not have any health problems

2. Many people feel it is a waste of money to get their medical examinations and tests done and when they do reach the healthcare sector , they may find the cost high as they have ignored their health problems earlier. This reinforces their belief system that healthcare is expensive . And this is very true especially if there is no health insurance to cover the medical  admission costs .

3. Time constraints play an important role especially if they have to take the day off and undergo medical tests . Many are very busy to seek medical care for their own health because clinic hours are inconvenient .

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4. People may avoid going to the doctor if they feel that doctor is too far or transportation is difficult or they were too sick to travel

5.  Concerns about quality of medical care and interpersonal concerns of the doctor also plays an important role. Communication with doctors may pose a problem to the patient , especially if the doctor has a heavy OPD and patient perceives that doctor has devoted less time . Many times patients feel that doctors do not take patient concerns seriously or they have general mistrust  & lack of confidence in healthcare providers . Many patients have fear of needles , which makes it difficult for them to undergo blood tests , vaccinations or surgeries .Many patients are not comfortable disclosing their health concerns and habits  ( smoking , alcohol intake etc ) to the doctors . Some even have dislike for medical recommendations ( especially on weight loss , alcohol consumption , smoking and medications for high blood pressure ) and perception that recommendations would not be useful .

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Fayth Clinic ( NABH accredited & ISO 9001:2015 certified ) diagnostic centre & medical clinic has multiple packages for health checkup .  Our integrated diagnostic and medical services with experience of senior medical consultants  provide patient friendly healthcare services . We provide 3 years digitalized medical reports which is accessible worldwide . Our entire health  checkup process takes only 2 hours to complete . Our doctors  and paramedical staff are easily accessible and empathetic to the patients needs. The kind of customers who love our work are the one are busy to look after their healthcare needs &who require reminders , rapid service and effective  response from us.

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It is imperative to get your annual health evaluation done   Book your health checkup today at  8879443733/7738630144  or send us an enquiry at services@faythclinic.com .

Get back to life ….Your life matters !

 

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I am a heart patient . What food can I eat ?

 

 

 

I am a heart patient . What food can I eat ?

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Changing eating habits is a difficult process , even though you know that eating certain foods can increase your heart disease risk. However if you are a heart patient , it is absolutely imperative to fine-tune your diet.. Once you know which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit, you’ll be on your way toward a heart-healthy diet.

Cardiac diet is also called as Heart healthy diet and mainly consists of fresh fruits , vegetable , fibre and low on fat  and sodium . Sodium or common salt increases blood pressure . High fat in diet clogs the arteries and leads to plaque formation .

How much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Over eating will lead to increased calorie intake .Small plate or bowl to help control your portions. Eat larger portions of low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and smaller portions of high-calorie, high-sodium foods, such as refined, processed or fast foods. This strategy can shape up your diet as well as your heart and waistline.Keep track of the number of servings you eat.

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 Eat more vegetables and fruits : Vegetables and fruits are good sources of vitamins and minerals. Vegetables and fruits are also low in calories and rich in dietary fiber and help prevent cardiovascular disease. Eating more fruits and vegetables may  also help you cut back on higher calorie foods, such as meat, cheese and snack foods. Keep vegetables and fruits easily available and cut in the refrigerator , so that you will remember to eat it

Fruits and vegetables to choose Fruits and vegetables to

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Heart symbol. Vegetables diet concept. Food photography of heart made from different vegetables on white wooden table. High resolution product.

 

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·         Fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits

·         Canned fruit packed in juice or water

·         Coconut

·         Vegetables with creamy sauces

·         Canned fruit packed in heavy syrup

·         Frozen fruit with sugar added

Select whole grains   : Whole grains are good sources of fiber and other nutrients that play a role in regulating blood pressure and heart health..

Grain products to choose Grain products to limit or avoid
·         Whole-wheat flour

·         Whole-grain bread, preferably 100% whole-wheat bread or 100% whole-grain bread

·         High-fiber cereal with 5 g or more fiber in a serving

·         Whole grains such as brown rice, barley and buckwheat (kasha)

·         Whole-grain pasta

·         Oatmeal (steel-cut or regular)

·         White, refined flour

·         White bread

·         Muffins

·         Frozen waffles

·         Corn bread

·         Doughnuts

·         Biscuits

·         Quick breads

·         Cakes

·         Pies

·         Egg noodles

 Limit unhealthy fats  : Avoid  saturated and trans fats as it is  an important step to reduce your blood cholesterol and lower your risk of coronary artery disease. A high blood cholesterol level can lead to a buildup of plaques in your arteries, called atherosclerosis, which can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

The American Heart Association offers these guidelines for how much fat to include in a heart-healthy diet:

Type of fat Recommendation
Saturated fat No more than 5 to 6% of your total daily calories, or no more than 11 to 13g of saturated fat if you follow a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet
Trans fat Avoid

You can reduce the amount of saturated fat in your diet by trimming fat off your meat or choosing lean meats with less than 10 percent fat. You can also add less butter, margarine when cooking and serving.

Check the food labels of some cookies, cakes, frostings, crackers and chips as even those labeled “reduced fat”  may be made with oils containing trans fats. One clue that a food has some trans fat in it is the phrase “partially hydrogenated” in the ingredient list.

When you do use fats, choose monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil or canola oil. Polyunsaturated fats, found in certain fish, avocados, nuts and seeds, also are good choices for a heart-healthy diet. When used in place of saturated fat, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats may help lower your total blood cholesterol. But moderation is essential. All types of fat are high in calories.

An easy way to add healthy fat (and fiber) to your diet is ground flaxseed. Flaxseeds are small brown seeds that are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Fats to choose Fats to limit
·         Olive oil

·         Canola oil

·         Vegetable and nut oils

·         Margarine, trans fat free

·         Cholesterol-lowering margarine, such as Benecol, Promise Activ or Smart Balance

·         Nuts, seeds

·         Avocados

·         Butter

·         Lard

·         Bacon fat

·         Gravy

·         Cream sauce

·         Nondairy creamers

·         Hydrogenated margarine and shortening

·         Cocoa butter, found in chocolate

·         Coconut, palm, cottonseed and palm-kernel oils

 Choose low-fat protein sources   : Lean meat, poultry and fish, low-fat dairy products, and egg whites  are some of your best sources of protein. But be careful to choose lower fat options, such as skim milk rather than whole milk and skinless chicken breasts rather than fried chicken patties.

Fish is another good alternative to high-fat meats. And certain types of fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower blood fats called triglycerides. You’ll find the highest amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel and herring. Other sources are flaxseed, walnuts, soybeans and canola oil.

Legumes — beans, peas and lentils — also are good sources of protein and contain less fat and no cholesterol, making them good substitutes for meat. Substituting plant protein for animal protein — for example, a soy or bean burger for a hamburger — will reduce your fat and cholesterol intake and increase your fiber intake.

Proteins to choose Proteins to limit or avoid
·         Low-fat dairy products, such as skim or low-fat (1%) milk, yogurt and cheese

·         Eggs

·         Fish, especially fatty, cold-water fish, such as salmon

·         Skinless poultry

·         Legumes

·         Soybeans and soy products, such as soy burgers and tofu

·         Lean ground meats

·         Full-fat milk and other dairy products

·         Organ meats, such as liver

·         Fatty and marbled meats

·         Spareribs

·         Hot dogs and sausages

·         Bacon

·         Fried or breaded meats

Reduce the sodium in your food  : Eating a lot of sodium can contribute to high blood pressure, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Reducing sodium is an important part of a heart-healthy diet. The American Heart Association recommends that: Most adults ideally have no more than 1,500 mg of sodium a day

Although reducing the amount of salt you add to food at the table or while cooking is a good first step, much of the salt you eat comes from canned or processed foods, such as soups, baked goods and frozen dinners. Eating fresh foods and making your own soups and stews can reduce the amount of salt you eat.

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Low-salt items to choose High-salt items to limit or avoid
·         Herbs and spices

·         Salt-free seasoning blends

·         Reduced-salt canned soups or prepared meals

·         Reduced-salt versions of condiments, such as reduced-salt soy sauce and reduced-salt ketchup

·         Table salt

·         Canned soups and prepared foods, such as frozen dinners

·         Tomato juice

·         Condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise and soy sauce

·         Restaurant meals

Allow yourself a small treat once in a while , however it should become a habit . Its  important is that you eat healthy foods most of the time.

 

Fayth Clinic ( NABH accredited & ISO 9001:2015 certified ) diagnostic centre & medical clinic.  Our integrated diagnostic and medical services with experience of senior medical consultants  provide patient friendly healthcare services . We provide 3 years digitalized medical reports which is accessible worldwide . Our doctors  and paramedical staff are easily accessible and empathetic to the patients needs. The kind of customers who love our work are the one are busy to look after their healthcare needs &who require reminders , rapid service and effective response from us.

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Book your cardiac diet consult  today at  8879443733/7738630144  or send us an enquiry at services@faythclinic.com .

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Chest Pain: Signs and Symptoms

A chest pain comes due to many reasons, it may range from a severe stab to a dull ache. Depending on the person and the cause, chest pain may vary in intensity, duration and time. Sometimes chest pain may be associated with the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Light headness
  • Severe or dull pain in neck, arms or chest
  • Stabbing or burning sensation

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Causes
The possible causes of chest pain include:

  • Heart-related causes: A chest pain may be caused due to heart-related causes like Heart attack, Angina, Aortic dissection and Pericarditis.
  • Digestive causes: The digestive disorders which can cause chest pain are Heart burn, Gall bladder or pancreatic problems and Swallowing disorders.
  • Muscle and bone causes: Some chest pain may be associated with injuries or structures of the chest wall which includes, injured ribs, sore muscles and costochondritis.
  • Lung related causes: Chest pain caused due to lung disorders are collapsed lung, pulmonary hypertension, pleurisy and pulmonary embolism.

Other causes: Other causes of chest pain are shingles and panic attack.

Symptoms

  • Heat-related symptoms: A chest pain associated with heart problems may include other symptoms like Chest pressure, dizziness, nausea, abdominal pain and back, jaw or arm pain.
    Lung related symptoms: Lung related chest pain symptoms include, pain when cough, sneeze or breathe, fever, chills, shortness of breath and wheezing.
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms: Chest pain caused due to gastrointestinal problems includes symptoms like heartburn, burning sensation in chest or throat and vomiting
    In some cases chest pain may be caused due to bone, muscle or nerve problems like rib problems that worsen with coughing or breathing, muscle strain caused due to inflammation of muscles and tendons between the ribs and shingles that may caused due to varicella zoster virus.
    When to see Doctor?
    If you have severe chest pain that does not go away along with low heart rate or blood pressure, rapid breathing, crushing under breast bone or excessive sweating.
    Fayth Clinic with various branches across Mumbai provides best diagnostic services and treatment for chest pain with the help of expert doctors and other staffs.

 

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