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19th  August 2016
Suicide among Indian doctors - High Incidence
One of the major public health problems worldwide today is suicide. Every year, there are about 1million suicides and 10 to 20 million attempted suicides. In the USA, suicide is the third-largest cause of death in the age group of 10 to 24 years. The suicide index in India is the highest in the world, as about 21% of the total suicides committed around the world happen in India! This has only increased in the last two decades. At the rate it is increasing, there will come a day when suicide will become the number one killer in India. 

It is a well-known fact that doctors often do shifts that sometimes last 24 hours without any break or time to eat in between. Practicing physicians and medical students sometimes have to bear punishing workloads. They may also end up taking the blame if something goes wrong or even become frustrated with the changing work culture. There is another fact that is no longer a secret for many in the medical community - the high suicide rate amongst professionals and medical students. According to evidence, doctors are about 1.87 times as likely to commit suicide than those in other areas of work.
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Opt for medical treatment for heart blockages with low left heart functions
 
New Delhi, August 18, 2016: For most patients with systolic left heart pumping function (LVEF) of 35 percent or less and coronary heart blockages amenable to bypass surgery one should first initiate optimal medical therapy alone rather than medical therapy plus bypass surgery, said Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal - President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Honorary Secretary General IMA.

Earlier view had been that compared with medical therapy, surgical bypass of viable heart muscle improves both survival and left heart function. This view was based on the fact that up to 50 percent of patients with left heart pumping dysfunction due to coronary heart blockages have a significant amount of viable heart muscles.
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