14th of November is celebrated worldwide as Word Diabetes Day and this year we are focusing on on Women and Diabetes. Why, do you wonder? 1 in 7 births is affected by Gestational Diabetes. There are ~200 million women around the world living with Diabetes and with India being the Diabetes Capital of the World, the number of women in India living undiagnosed is even higher. In a population of 1.2 billion, women contribute to around 30 million Diabetics! It’s a staggering number but isn’t surprising considering the lifestyle Indian women adopt. Continue reading “30 million Diabetics in India are women – Act to change”
ECG Interpretation Algorithms
Ever since a ECG machine was developed, there have been a number of modifications and advancements that has helped technology evolve. In 1970s, initial attempts at developing the first ECG interpretation algorithm were put in. Since the accuracy of those algorithms were not up to the mark, several databases were built by various institutions to 9compare ECGs and check for accuracy. The methods for interpretation might include not limited to:
- Time-frequency methods
- Neural networks
- Comparison with templates
ECG – Electrocardiographs
Did you know that ECG as a concept originated in 1901? They coined a term Electrocardiograph as Electro meant Electrical Activity, Kardio meant Heart and Graph meant to write. Briefly put, a ECG measures the electrical activity of the heart and traces it as a graph helping the physician understand how your heart works. From then (machines with analog electronics), to now(with analog-to-digital converters), Electrocardiographs have evolved and come a long way. Continue reading “12 channel ECG & Electrode placement”
We’ve all seen that small clip-like device that is added on to our fingers during a visit to the hospital. Finger-tip Pulse Oximeters are devices that basically measure the oxygen concentration in blood. In this post, let’s look at what they are, what do they measure and why we need them. Continue reading “All you need to know about Pulse Oximeters”
At this day and age, blood pressure is a household term and the awareness around maintaining a ‘normal’ blood pressure is increasing. If you’re wondering how and why, check out our article on blood pressure that would help you understand it deeper.
While 120/80 is a well known common number that is associated with blood pressure, above what range is it called ‘Hypertension’ and when is it called ‘Hypotension’?
In common practice, we consider anything below and equal to Systolic Blood Pressure 120 and Diastolic Blood Pressure 80 as normal whereas anything above 140 and 90 are considered higher. Continue reading “WHO and Blood pressure guidelines”