The Know how of Bariatric Surgery

Obesity is a major health risk. It can lead to many cardiovascular diseases, high blood sugar or diabetes, high blood pressure, trouble in your bones and joints due to excessive weight, sleep apnea, gallstones and even a contributing factor to some cancers. Bariatric Surgery includes a series of surgical procedures that involve making changes to the digestive system to help people lose weight. Bariatric surgery provides a safe and comparatively, long-term solution for weight loss.

Types of Bariatric Surgery

There are a few types of procedures for weight loss surgery. They are:

  • Lap Band: A surgical procedure to lose weight, here, a silicone band is wrapped around a part of the stomach to create a smaller food pouch. The food eaten is then stored in this smaller pouch. The band can be adjusted to make the pouch bigger or smaller as per the requirements. This band can be removed after achieving the desired weight loss.
  • Gastric Sleeve: Here, the stomach is reduced by 60-70% vertically. It is also known as the vertical sleeve gastronomy. The thinner stomach which is like a tube is stapled to be connected to the esophagus and small intestine.
  • Gastric Bypass: Gastric Bypass is a slightly more complicated method, also known as the Roux-en-Y method. It involves creating a smaller pouch out of the stomach by stapling it and using the rest of the stomach to digest enzymes. Along with it, the small intestine is cut to a certain length and then connected to the smaller stomach so that lesser nutrients are absorbed.

Advantages of Bariatric Surgery

When it comes to weight loss, laparoscopic bariatric surgery is a highly effective way to lose weight for the morbidly obese. Other than losing weight, it also has many other benefits like improved cardiovascular health, better body image which leads to a healthier mood, reduces or eliminates obstructive sleep apnea, provides relief to the joints and improves fertility among women. It also alleviates as well as prevents other medical conditions like complications in pregnancy, gallbladder diseases, etc.

For people with a BMI above 35 and serious health issues, bariatric surgery is ideal for permanent weight loss and to improve your health. ILS Hospitals, a multi-specialty hospital that is renowned for safe Bariatric Cares urgery under the guidance of Dr. Om Tantia, with 32 years of experience. He is also accredited as “Surgeon Of Excellence” by SRC. The Bariatric Care division is ideal place to get a safe surgery done without worrying about your health and side effects. The Pioneers in Laparoscopic Surgery, ILS Hospitals have 4 branches in the city out of which the Salt Lake branch has the Bariatric Care division. For any queries, consultations or to know more, visit www.ilshospitals.com.

Childbirth: ILS Hospitals’ Guide On Postpartum Depression

Pregnancy and childbirth are incredible experiences but for some women, they can also become overwhelming. Sometimes, pregnancy and delivery are not sunshine and rainbows because baby blues are real. Baby blues are a psychological condition felt by women right after delivery. When you have baby blues, you feel unhappy and emotionless for no reason. Usually, baby blues go away on their own within a week but in case if a new mother has baby blues that last longer than two weeks then she might be suffering from postpartum depression.

(Get premium care during pregnancy and childbirth from ILS Hospitals, the best maternity hospital in Kolkata and Agartala)

Postpartum depression is a serious mental condition that happens to new mothers post childbirth due to psychological and hormonal changes in the body. You’re more at risk of developing postpartum or postnatal depression if you fall under the following criteria:

  • History of depression or other mental disorder
  • Do not have support from the spouse, family, and friends
  • Lack of sleep
  • Have an unwanted and unplanned pregnancy
  • Dealing with a financial crisis
  • Living a stressful life
  • Genetics.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

  • Feeling sad and hopeless
  • Mood swings
  • Frequent crying without any reason
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much)
  • Anxiety
  • Poor appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Anhedonia (not enjoying things that were once enjoyable)
  • Thoughts of hurting the baby or oneself.

If you have the above symptoms that persist for more than one or two weeks, do not delay getting medical treatment.

Treatment for Postpartum Depression

Once you’ve been diagnosed by the healthcare professional for postnatal depression, you might be prescribed the following treatment:

  • Talk therapy
  • Medications – mostly antidepressants
  • Electroconvulsive or shock therapy (in severe cases when the above methods don’t work)

Visit ILS Hospitals, one of the best hospitals in Agartala and Kolkata to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for postpartum depression.

Medical Emergency: Things Paramount To Your First Aid Kit 

First Aid Kit is something that should have its place in every house, office, restaurant, shop, and vehicle. You never know when a medical emergency might happen, so it’s always good to be prepared beforehand.

In today’s blog, ILS Hospitals, one of the best multispeciality hospitals in Kolkata and Agartala will enlighten you on First Aid Box essentials. Let’s take a look at things that must be inside your First Aid Kit.

Adhesive bandages

Adhesive bandages or conveniently called “band-aids” must be kept inside your First Aid Kit. Band-aids are commonly applied on common cuts to protect them from infection so that they don’t interfere with the healing process.

Antiseptic liquid

An antiseptic liquid needs to be there as it is used for removing germs from your wounds that might lead to infections if not cleaned properly.

Antiseptic cream/ointment 

Keep a good antiseptic cream or ointment inside your First Aid Box so that you can apply one whenever you hurt yourself. Remember to always apply an antiseptic ointment after cleaning your wounds with a disinfectant or antiseptic liquid.

Medical cotton wool

It’s very obvious to keep medical cotton wool as you’ll need them to use on wounds as well as,while applying antiseptic liquid and ointment.

Medicated pain relief spray

Medicated pain relief spray is a must.You never know when you might get a sprain or backache.

Ice Pack

You should keep an Ice pack as it is very useful to minimize swelling post-injury.

Doctor’s approved pain relief medicines

Sometimes, taking medicines is the only option. In that case, always keep pain relief medicines after getting the medical professional’s nod.

Prescription medicines

If you have a specific health condition that requires you to take prescriptive medicines, then you can keep them inside your First Aid Box.

Antacids

Antacids are taken when one suffers from indigestion. Antacids neutralize the stomach acid and can be in any form – tablets or liquids. You can ask a medical professional to prescribe you some good antacids.

Decongestant

Seasonal changes can give you cough and cold. Nobody likes to deal with a runny nose and sore throat. That’s when decongestants come to the rescue. Surely, keep a good one.

Headache Roll-on/Balm 

Headaches have become extremely normal in today’s hectic world. A headache roll-on or balm should be a part of your Medical Box. If you have migraine then consult your doctor to prescribe you an effective headache roll-on.

Sanitary napkins

Sometimes you or someone you know might get periods all of a sudden. So, it is crucial to keep sanitary napkins inside a First Aid Kit.

Hand sanitizer

A medical emergency can occur at any given moment and you may not get the chance to wash your hands before treating yourself or someone who needs First-Aid. That’s why you will have to keep an alcohol-infused hand sanitizer.

Thermometer

Keeping a thermometer is a smart choice. Nowadays, digital and no-contact infrared thermometers have come into prevalence.

Ensure there are no expired products inside your First Aid Box. For severe burns and other major injuries, First-Aid is not the ultimate cure. You have to report to the hospital’s ER in case of a serious medical emergency. Visit ILS Hospitals – Kolkata and Agartala for any medical emergency. Our ERs are well-equipped with the latest infrastructure and we provide 24*7 Emergency Care to our emergency patients in Kolkata and Agartala.

যাতনা কাহারে বলে !

হেপাটাইটিস বি এক রক্তবাহিত জীবাণু এবং সারা বিশ্বব্যাপী লিভার রোগের অন্যতম প্রধান কারণ| পৃথিবী জুড়ে প্রায় 30 কোটি মানুষ আক্রান্ত এবং এ সংখ্যা ক্রমবর্ধমান| ভারতবর্ষে গড়ে শতকরা 4 জন এই ভাইরাস বহন করে চলেছেন; অনেকে নিজের অজান্তেই | অতিরিক্ত সংক্রমণ প্রবণতা দেখা যায় তাদের যারা ইনজেকশন ড্রাগ এড্ডিক্ট, যাদের বহু যৌনসঙ্গী আছে আর যারা চিকিৎসা পরিষেবার সাথে যুক্ত|

2016 সালে বিশ্ব স্বাস্থ্য সংস্থা অঙ্গীকার করে সারা বিশ্ব থেকে 2030 সালের মধ্যে হেপাটাইটিস বি কে নির্মূল করার| আজ বিশ্বের অধিকাংশ দেশেই জাতীয় হেপাটাইটিস বি দূরীকরণ প্রোগ্রাম চালু আছে| আক্রান্ত জনগোষ্ঠীর যেহুতু মাত্র শতকরা দশ ভাগ তাদের সংক্রমণ সম্বন্ধে অবহিত, তাই আরো অধিক সংখ্যায় টেস্ট করার ওপর সর্বাধিক গুরুত্ব দেওয়া হচ্ছে| এছাড়াও হেপাটাইটিস বি দূরীকরণ এর জন্য সর্ব স্তরের মানুষের ভ্যাকসিনেশন, চিকিৎসা পরিকাঠামোর উন্নয়ন, চিকিৎসার সর্বজনীক অধিকার এবং সরলীকৃত নির্দেশাবলী জরুরি পদক্ষেপ|

হেপাটাইটিস বি দূরীকরণের উদ্দেশ্যে কাজ করে চলেছেন অগণিত স্বাস্থ্যকর্মী, গবেষক ও জনস্বাস্থ্য বিশেষজ্ঞ| কিন্তু দুঃখের বিষয়, যাদের কথা ভেবে এতো কিছু সেই আক্রান্ত মানুষগুলো পড়ে আছেন বহু দূরে| তাদের আশা, আকাঙ্খা আর অধিকারের নিঃশব্দ বাণী পৌঁছচ্ছে না কারো কানে| এই অসহায়তা আর বঞ্চনার গুরুত্ব শুধু রুগীর সংখ্যা আর মৃতের হিসাব দিয়ে মাপা যাবে না| প্রতিটি মানুষের অভিজ্ঞতা ভিন্ন ও তাঁর নিজস্ব| আজ তাই সময় এসেছে এই আক্রান্ত মানুষগুলোর কথা শোনার|

সমাজবিদেরা আজ প্রধানত তিন ধরণের সমস্যার কথা উপলদ্ধি করছেন :

1. প্রাথমিক সমস্যা : যা আক্রান্ত ব্যক্তির মনোসামাজিক সমস্যা
2. আনুষঙ্গিক সমস্যা : যা আক্রান্ত ব্যক্তির প্রতি সামাজিক প্রতিক্রিয়ার ফলস্বরূপ
3. সুদূরপ্রসারী সমস্যা : এই সামাজিক প্রতিক্রয়া যে ক্ষতি বয়ে আনে

প্রাথমিক সমস্যার মধ্যে প্রথমেই পরে লিভার ক্যান্সার ও লিভার সিরোসিস এর ভয়| হেপাটাইটিস বি রোগ নির্ণয় এক অজানা আশংকায় ভাবিয়ে তোলে; আছে রোগের ক্রমবর্ধমানতা আর অকাল মৃত্যুর ভয়| গুগল ইউনিভার্সিটি তে রুগী হাতড়ে চলেন হেপাটাইটিস বি র তথ্যভান্ডার| আর যত বিদ্যে বাড়ে ততই বাড়ে ভয় ও আতঙ্ক| তথ্য আছে কিন্তু নেই এমন কোনো সার্চ ইঞ্জিন যা দেবে ভরসা| তাই আসে একাকিত্ব, হতাশা আর বাস্তব কে অস্বীকার করবার জেদ| দুশ্চিন্তা ও হতাশা আরো ডালপালা মেলে যখন একদিন সত্যিই রোগের লক্ষন দেখা দেয়|
এর সাথে যোগ হয় আর্থিক চিন্তা| নিয়মিত চিকিৎসা, ঘন ঘন কাজ কামাই, ব্যয়বহুল পরীক্ষা নিরীক্ষা; এসবের দাবি যে অন্তহীন| তার উপর পরিবারের বাকি সদস্যদের পরীক্ষা, তাদের ভ্যাকসিন দেওয়ার ব্যবস্থ্যা – সব তো আর ইন্সুরেন্স দেবে না| আর ভাইরাস ছড়ানোর ভয়| নিজের ই টানা লক্ষ্মণরেখায় গুমরে মরে| বিয়ে নয় সন্তান নয় | শুধুই তুমুল একাকিত্ব |

আনুষঙ্গিক সমস্যা গুলির দিকে এবার দৃষ্টিপাত করা যাক| এতো ঢাক পেটানো প্রচারের আলো তাও মানুষ এখনো ভেবে চলেছেন একসাথে খাবার খেলে, এক চেয়ার এ বসলে, হাত মেলালে, এক গাড়িতে চাপলে সংক্রমণ ছড়াবে| কেউ কেউ আবার ভাবছেন এ ব্যাটা বংশগত রোগে ভুগছে| মানুষের জ্ঞানের পরিধি বাড়লে তো এসব অবৈজ্ঞানিক চিন্তা থাকার কথা নয়| দুঃখের ব্যাপার হলো এ ব্যাপারে চীন এর হাইমেন শহরে এক সমীক্ষায় দেখা গেলো সম্পূর্ণ উল্টো ফল – যত জ্ঞান বাড়ছে তত বাড়ছে ছুৎমার্গতা| তাই শুধু তথ্য নয়, ভরসাটাও জরুরি| এ ব্যাপারে এগিয়ে আসতে পারতেন চিকিৎসক ও স্বাস্থ্যকর্মীরা| কিন্তু তারা নিজেরাই ভাইরাস এ আতংকিত হওয়ায় তাদের সদিচ্ছা রূপ পাচ্ছে না| সংক্রামিতর পরিবারের সকল সদস্যকেই ক্যারিয়ার ভেবে নিলে ভুল হচ্ছে|
কর্মস্থলে দিনরাত চলছে চাপা গুঞ্জন| আইন আছে অনেক কিন্তু তা ঠুঁটো জগন্নাথ| কোনো কোনো দেশ তো দেয় না প্রবেশের অধিকার |
আর তাই দিনের শেষে আসে নীরবতা, আসে একাকিত্ব | বৃহত্তর সমাজথেকে দূরে সরে যাওয়া | মাদুলি তাবিজ, তুক তাক আর জড়িবুটির অন্ধগলির খোঁজ চলতে থাকে | ধেয়ে আসে অপরাধবোধ|পাপের ভোগ না কর্মফল| নিস্তেজ মন ভাবে এ জীবন মূল্যহীন|
আজ 28শে জুলাই ওয়ার্ল্ড হেপাটাইটিস ডে তে আমরা যখন আলোকিত আলোচনাসভায় বসেছি, তখন আমাদের চেতনায় থাকুক এই মানুষ গুলোর না বলা কথা আর অজানা উপলদ্ধি| ওষুধ, পরীক্ষা আর ভ্যাকসিন এর সাথে প্রেসক্রিপশন এ জায়গা করে নিক ভালোবাসা, মমত্ব আর সহানুভূতি | গবেষকরা ফাঙ্কশনাল কিওর এর সাথে আবিষ্কার করুন ফাঙ্কশনালি প্রোডাকটিভ লাইফ কিভাবে বজায় রাখা যায়| সমাজকর্মীরা এগিয়ে আসুন সৎ পরামর্শ দিতে যাতে হেপাটাইটিস বি আক্রান্তরা বিষাদ কাটিয়ে যোগ দেন জীবনের মূলস্রোতে| সমাজবিদেরা আলোকপাত করুন মনোজগতের গহীন বনে; যে আলোর ছটায় দূর হয়ে যায় ভয় অস্থিরতা অনিশ্চয়তা| সর্বোপরি দেশচালকেরা নিয়ে আসুন বিশ্বাসের বাতাবরণ|
সবাইকে নিয়ে শুরু হোক নতুন ভোর!

Written by : Dr. Sanjay Banerjee

6 Best Ways To Manage Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

With pregnancy comes various other health issues, many a time leading to complications as well. One such common health issue associated with pregnancy is morning sickness or nausea and vomiting. Majority of pregnant women deal with morning sickness during the first trimester of their pregnancy.

According to gynaecologists from the best maternity hospital in Kolkata, morning sickness comes to an end during the 12-14 weeks of pregnancy (onset of the second trimester). Although the name is morning sickness, nausea and vomiting can happen at any time of the day. Morning sickness is very difficult to manage, therefore ILS Hospitals, one of the best hospitals in Kolkata and Agartala will show you 6 best ways through which you can easily manage morning sickness during pregnancy.

Eat small and frequent meals 

Instead of eating big 2-3 meals a day, opt for small and frequent 5-6 meals a day. This will help a lot to curb nausea.

Snack healthily 

Do not stay empty stomach for a long time. Because an empty stomach can make your morning sickness worse. Eat healthy snacks, like makhana or fox nuts, pohaupma, oats, sandwiches, soups, healthy cold fruit and vegetable juices, nutrition bars, etc.

Skip nausea-triggering foods 

Avoid foods that trigger your nausea. In general, foods that amplify morning sickness are fried and fatty foods, acidic foods, odorous foods (onions), and spicy foods.

Try ginger 

Ginger has helped a good percent of pregnant women during their morning sickness. If ginger works for you, try drinking ginger black tea, ginger ale, and ginger lozenges.

Avoid strong fragrances

Strong smells might aggravate nausea in some women. Do not wear perfumes with a strong scent. Avoid using room fresheners with high fragrance and stay away from cigarette smoke.

Take plenty of rest 

Get 8-9 hours of sleep every night. If possible, sleep for a few hours during noon.

Consult an expert gynaecologist

Consult an expert gynaecologist and ask him or her to prescribe you anti-nausea medicines.

You can get a medical consultation from our renowned gynaecologists by visiting our hospitals in Agartala and Kolkata.

Let’s Learn About Different Vitamins And Their Importance In Our Body

For a healthy body, we need an adequate amount of carbohydrates, protein, good fats, vitamins and minerals. There are different kind of vitamins that perform different functions in our body. Today, ILS Hospitals, one of the best hospitals in Kolkata and Agartala, will enlighten you about different vitamins and their importance in the human body.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is crucial for healthy vision and preventing night blindness. This vitamin also helps in fostering cell development, healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin A ensures good reproductive health and allows the other organs like kidney, heart and lungs to function properly.

Best food sources: Eggs, fish, carrots, dairy products, spinach, pumpkin etc.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B helps in the body’s metabolism and cell development. There are different types of vitamin B, each performing their own functions. Let’s talk about a few here.

Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid or Folate)Vitamin B9 converts food into energy and is vital for pregnant women to help prevent congenital defects. Folate can be derived from natural food sources (eggs, fish, beans, peas and so on) while folic acid, being a synthetic form is consumed in the form of pills.

Biotin (also called Vitamin B7, B8 and Vitamin H): Biotin maintains the body’s metabolism and improves the health of skin, hair, and nails. Best food sources for biotin are egg yolks, soybeans and fish, sweet potatoes, chicken liver, whole grains, etc.

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin): Vitamin B12 helps in the formation of red blood cells, DNA, RNA and myelin. This vitamin prevents congenital defects, memory loss and depression.

Best food sources:  Vitamin B12 is present in almost all animal products, like eggs, milk, seafood, and meat.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C repairs the body tissues and strengthens the immune system. It fosters the wound healing process and protects cells from any damage.

Best food sources: All citrus fruits, cauliflower, capsicum, papaya etc.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D ensures healthy bones by allowing the body to absorb calcium, maintains phosphorus levels in the blood and reduces depression.

Best food sources: Egg yolks, cod liver oil, fatty fishes, mushrooms, milk and milk products. 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E prevents cell damage, heart diseases and inflammation. It is best for promoting good vision, healthy hair and skin.

Best food sources: Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, olive oil, sunflower oil, dried apricots etc.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K helps in blood clotting, prevents osteoporosis, tooth decay and certain diseases.

Best food sources: Soybeans, egg yolks, chicken, cabbage, spinach and pumpkin.

We hope you found this blog informative. Hospitals in Agartala and Kolkata  is always available to give you good medical service.

Home Quarantine Taking A Toll On Your Mental Health? Learn Ways To Cope

People are told to be home-quarantined for various reasons. Sometimes it might be to avoid the transmission of an epidemic or pandemic or sometimes due to any surgery, illness or injury. Being home-quarantined for several days can take a massive toll on your mental health as well.

Your mental health is as important as your physical well-being. So, ILS Hospitals will tell you some ways through which you can protect your mental health during the distressing time.

Let’s learn about them now.

Practice your hobby:

We all have hobbies that we cannot do many times because of our hectic daily schedules. Now’s the perfect time to indulge yourself in activities that you love the most. Read, write, cook, sing, paint, sew, knit, dance, play or do whatever you cherish the most indoor because doing what you enjoy and it has amazing effects on your brain.

Take good care of yourself:

If you’re healthy from inside, it will show on outside. Eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water and get a good night sleep to take good care of your body and mind.

Organize your home:

An empty mind is the devil’s workshop. Do household chores and organize your home and garden to keep yourself occupied.

Learn something new:

The internal structure of our brain changes when it learns something new. You can watch informative documentaries online or on TV and can even learn a new art or craft by taking online lessons at home.

Communicate with people:

Humans are social beings so not being able to socially interact with others can hamper your mental health. If for some reasons, you are prohibited to go outside, make use of digital communication to connect with your loved ones.

Spend time with your family:

We often forget to spend quality time with our own family. To improve your mental well-being, talk to your family members about your concerns and be a good listener when they are doing the same.

Spend time with your pets:

Your pets are like your family members. They too deserve your love and affection. Pets are going to be your real stress-busters. Play with your pets and let them know how much they mean to you.

For any medical treatment, visit ILS Hospitals in hospitals In Kolkata and hospitals in Agartala

Peptic Ulcer: Types, Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis And Treatment

A peptic ulcer is an inflammation that develops in the lining of the stomach, the lower part of the esophagus and upper portion of the small intestine. It is a gastroenterological condition and thus, treated by gastroenterologists. They are open lesions and mainly of three types based on their location as follows:

  • Gastric (stomach) ulcer: Ulcers that occur in the stomach.

  • Esophageal ulcer: Ulcers that happen in the esophagus.

  • Duodenal ulcer: Ulcers that develop in the upper portion of the small intestine.

It is important to know why peptic ulcer happens in the first place. The primary reason behind the occurrence is when the stomach acids responsible for digestion damages the lining of the stomach and sometimes even travel to the esophagus causing esophageal ulcer. The bacteria Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori) also contributes by inflaming the lining of the stomach. Surely, other causes are present as well which you’ll find below:

  • Smoking

  • Overuse of over-the-counter drugs

  • Infection from H. Pylori bacteria due to consuming contaminated food, water, using uncleaned utensils etc.

  • Overconsumption of alcohol.

Let’s now focus on the symptoms of a peptic ulcer.

  • Indigestion

  • Heartburn or acid reflux

  • Vomiting or regurgitation

  • Bloating and burping

  • Belching

  • Black stools

  • Nausea

  • Fatigue

  • Unintentional or unexpected weight loss

  • Loss of appetite

  • Pain in the abdomen and chest

  • Facing difficulties in breathing.

A diagnosis is always needed to confirm any medical condition. Apart from the mandatory physical examination in which the doctor check for bloating and pain, certain other crucial diagnostic tests can also be prescribed by the medical professional for an accurate diagnosis. They include:

  • Blood test – to determine the presence of H. Pylori bacteria.

  • H. Pylori stool antigen test – to look for H. Pylori infection.

  • Urea breath test or H. Pylori breath test – to conduct this test, the patient is asked to consume something with radioactive carbon (either in pill or liquid form) and then the breath samples are taken for lab testing procedure which accurately confirms the existence of the bacteria.

  • Gastroscopy – an endoscope is anaesthetically inserted inside the patient’s mouth to view the stomach, duodenum and esophagus for ulcers.

  • Endoscopy biopsy – the same as gastroscopy and in case of an ulcer detection, the samples are taken for clinical purposes.

The treatment options are as follows:

1. Antibiotics (to kill the bacteria, H. Pylori)

2. Antacids (to neutralize the stomach acid)

3. Cytoprotective drugs (to protect the mucous lining of the stomach)

4. Surgical treatment (if the above method fails and the ulcer recurs)

Get accurate diagnosis and treatment for peptic ulcer only from ILS Hospitals, one of the best hospitals in Kolkata and Agartala.

What Are Multispeciality Hospitals And How Are They More Beneficial Than General Hospital

Even though we all thrive to stay healthy, staying disease-free is always not so easy in reality. Often you need to go to the hospital and clinics to seek consultation from the doctors and get medical screening at the diagnostic centers or pathology labs. While you look for the best hospital, you are certain to come across 2 types of hospitals, general and multispeciality hospitals. Today, we will define what are multispeciality hospitals and how they are more beneficial than general hospitals.

General hospitals are a non-specialized healthcare provider that offers primary and general treatment for patients with all types of medical conditions. Multispecialty Hospital, on the other hand, addresses different branches of medicine under one roof and also offer surgical treatment and diagnostic services. ILS Hospitals is a well-known group of multispeciality hospitals that offers quality healthcare for people at an affordable price. It has 4 units, at Salt Lake, Dumdum, Howrah, and Agartala.

Here we list out some advantages that multispeciality hospitals offer.

1. Numerous medical specialties under one roof, which includes, but not limited to the following:

General Medicine, ENT, GI specialist, Dermatology, General Surgery, Opthalmology, Neuro medicine, Neurosurgeon, Cardiologist, Cardiothoracic surgeon, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Orthopedic, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Nephrology, Pediatrics, Urology, Endocrinology, Plastic surgery, Dentistry and many more.

You can also find inter-specialties such as Neuro-Ophthalmology which is an interdisciplinary specialty between neurology and Opthalmology. It focuses on the diseases that originate due to some neurological reasons and affect the vision of the patient.

2. It offers high-end diagnostics which includes both general pathologies such as blood profile screening, x-ray scanning, USG, along with critical diagnosis such as cath lab, doppler test, etc.

3. It stays open all day, all around the year and also offers treatment for medical emergencies. It offers 24/ 7 emergency service, along with ambulance services, pharmacy, assistance with the blood bank, ICU, NICU, PICU, etc.

So, as you can clearly see, going to a multispeciality hospital is a much advantageous decision. In case you are not sure which doctor you should refer too, coming to a multispeciality hospital is your best option as they will help you get in touch with the most suitable doctor.

ILS Hospitals is a multispeciality hospital that offers extensive treatment. Come at ILS Hospitals to address a wide range of health conditions.

All You Need To Know About Stroke

A medical emergency can happen any day, any time, with or without any warning signs. The most common medical emergencies in Kolkata are a heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest and road accidents. Often people assume heart attack and stroke to be the same thing, but they are not. Let’s understand some crucial aspects of stroke in brief.

What Is a Stroke?

Stroke is a medical emergency which occurs when blood flow to the brain stops and as a result, the brain cells begin to die. A heart attack is a similar medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart stops.

There are 3 kinds of stroke, namely

  1. Ischemic Stroke – When an artery is blocked
  2. Hemorrhagic Stroke – When a blood vessel is ruptured
  3. Mini Stroke (Transient Ischemic Attack) – When a blood vessel is damaged temporarily

Though a mini-stroke doesn’t have any long term effect on health for most people, some patients are left with some disability for life. A mini-stroke also uplifts the risks of having a stroke in the future, significantly.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Stroke?

As already mentioned, stroke is a medical emergency and during stroke every second count. Thus it is crucial to be able to identify stroke on time. But identifying stroke can be challenging for people in general. In this regard, we all should be aware of a simple acronym FAST. So, if you suspect anyone to have a stroke, check the following.

  1. Face Dropping – Ask them to smile to check the facial muscles. If you observe one side of the face to be dropping or if the smile appears to be uneven, it might indicate a stroke.
  2. Arm Weakness – Ask them to lift both arms and see if they can. Also, check if they complain of numbness in one arm.
  3. Speech Difficulty – Ask them to check how they respond and see if their speech seems slur or abnormal or if they are able to understand your command.
  4. Time To Call Ambulance – If any of the above-mentioned symptoms are present, don’t hesitate and call the ambulance immediately.

Apart from these obvious symptoms of a stroke, there are few other minor symptoms as well. These include-

  • Severe, sudden headaches
  • Blurry vision or difficulty focusing on one/both eyes
  • Paralysis/numbness/weakness in body part/s
  • Trouble walking or loss of balance
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Loss of memory
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Involuntary eye movement

So, always remember, ‘if you suspect a stroke, then be FAST’. If you are not entirely sure, get it addressed at the nearby healthcare provider. Treatment on the right time will reduce the risk of disability or even death.

The symptoms of stroke may vary depending upon severity. On one hand mild stroke might have a temporary weakness; on the other hand, any sever stroke can end up causing permanent paralysis.

ILS Hospitals is all set to offer accurate diagnostics and prompt treatment for stroke and other medical emergencies. Our expert doctor and paramedic team monitor the patient round the clock, on our ICUs. For more information, visit us.