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4th October 2018
Mahatma Gandhi was hypertensive: What could have been the cause of his hypertension?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Being of lean physique, it would appear that Mahatma Gandhi would be a fit person. The iconic image of the Mahatma leading the Dandi March, where he seems to be striding ahead of the others, certainly gives an impression of a person who is physically fit.

But the health records, released to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary indicate otherwise. Gandhi ji had hypertension and was reportedly on medication (sarpagandha or Rauwolfia serpentina).

We have his ECG tracing done at Calcutta (now Kolkata) dated 28th Oct., 1937. The record show that his heart rate was 72 per minute and was regular. On 26th October, he had very early and slight fullness of neck veins, which were not present on 28th more

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Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) launches campaign against "Antibiotic Resistance"
The campaign aims at raising awareness on the irrational use and prescription of antibiotics
New Delhi, 3rd October 2018: As a precursor to the 25th MTNL Perfect Health Mela to be held from 23rd to 27th October 2018 at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a national NGO working in the healthcare sector, launched a campaign against ‘Antibiotic Resistance” in association with NCDC and WHO. The Perfect Health Mela is a one-of-its-kind event held every year with a mission to generate all-around awareness on health. In its 25th edition, the event expects participation from over 1,00,000 individuals from all walks of life.

Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI and Dr Sunil Gupta, Additional Director and Head Division of Microbiology National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); and representatives from the health department, Govt. of Delhi, DST, MTNL, MCD, and NDMC were present on the occasion.

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