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12th March, 2017
New ACC/AHA/HRS guidelines for evaluation and management of syncope
The American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society have jointly released a guideline for the evaluation and management of patients with syncope to be published simultaneously in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation and Heart Rhythm.
The new recommendations from the 2017 ACC/AHA/HRS guideline include:
  • If a patient faints, a doctor should perform a detailed history and physical examination during the initial evaluation.
  • The most common cause of fainting usually occurs while standing when blood pressure drops, reducing circulation to the brain and causing loss of consciousness. This condition is not life threatening although it can cause worries and interfere with one’s quality of life. Physicians should inform patients that common faints are not life threatening.
  • Using an electrocardiogram (ECG) when initially evaluating patients who faint is useful. It is important to find out the cause of fainting and treat the heart condition in the patient if he or she has an abnormal ECG after fainting.
  • If a person has a serious medical condition that could be related to their fainting, they should be evaluated and/or treated at a hospital after the initial assessment.
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Spurious drugs in India
Fake drugs constitute 25% of domestic medicines market in India: ASSOCHAM

New Delhi, March 11, 2017:  Spurious drugs are mainly the products which are deliberately and fraudulently mislabeled and manufactured to mislead and misrepresent the patients by concealing their identity, source of manufacture and its content to profiteer on the popularity of fast moving branded or generic medicines. It may or may not contain the active ingredients in the manner mentioned on the label.
Fake drugs were found to be available as popular medicines like Crocin, Voveran, Betadine, injections of calcium and syrups like Cosavil which are fake, counterfeit or substandard. 
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