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Bharatpur Hospital buys Rs 300 million worth of medical equipment

Patients who would otherwise be forced to visit private hospitals for medical tests and other treatment, incurring high cost are expected to benefit from the government hospital

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CHITWAN  — Bharatpur Hospital has bought 32 types of new medical and other appliances worth around Rs 300 million.

Most of the purchased equipment have arrived while efforts are underway to bring the rest, said medical superintendent of the Hospital Dr Rudra Marasini.

As a result, patients who would otherwise be forced to visit private hospitals for medical tests and other treatment, incurring high cost are expected to benefit from the government hospital.

The process to buy the equipment took forward after the Ministry of Health ensured budget to the hospital for the same through the Finance Ministry.

A total of 12 sets of equipment necessary for kidney dialysis have been installed, Dr Marasini said, adding that the service will be provided at the hospital after a week.

So far only two medical colleges have been providing dialysis service in the district. Likewise, a 128-slice CT scanner has also been installed.

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Other purchased equipment include five medical ventilators, laboratory equipment, an x-ray machine, two ultrasound machines, four anaesthetic machines, a freezer with capacity to store 15 corpses at a time and a washing machine.

The purchase was made following due process as per the existing laws, Dr Marasini said.

Approximately 200,000 patients from the district and neighbouring areas receive treatment at the hospital annually, said Chairman of the Hospital Development Committee Raj Kumar Rajbhandari.

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Drinking 3 cups of coffee or tea daily may keep stroke risk at bay

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KATHMANDU — There have been several conflicting studies on the health benefits of drinking coffee and tea and their various varieties. But drinking up to three cups of coffee or tea in a day is safe because it reduces irregular heartbeat and stroke risk, according to a new study published in the journal JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Coffee has previously been believed to worsen abnormal heart rhythms, as doctors generally discourage patients suffering from the condition. However, the results of this particular study say that a daily consumption of upto 300 mg of caffeine may be safe for arrhythmic patients.

This is because the caffeine acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and blocks the effect of adenosine. Adenosine is a chemical which causes Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).

A single cup of coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine. It acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and works to block the effects of adenosine — a chemical that causes AFib.

AFib is the most common heart rhythm disorder, causes the heart to beat rapidly and skip beats, and if left untreated, can cause strokes.

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“There is a public perception, often based on anecdotal experience, that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” said lead author Peter Kistler, Director at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

But, “caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea have long-term anti-arrhythmic properties mediated by antioxidant effects and antagonism of adenosine,” he added.

A meta-analysis of 228,465 participants showed that AFib frequency decreasing by 6 per cent in regular coffee drinkers, and an analysis of 115,993 patients showed a 13 per cent reduced risk.

Another study of 103 post-heart attack patients who received an average of 353 mg of caffeine a day showed improvement in heart rate and no significant arrhythmias — or abnormal heart rhythms, that cause the heart to beat too fast, slow or unevenly.

However, in two studies, where patients drank at least 10 cups and nine cups of coffee per day, showed an increased risk for ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) – a condition in which the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) beat very quickly.

On the other hand, patients with pre-existing heart conditions who consumed two or more energy drinks — that contains concentrated caffeine — per day reported palpitations within 24 hours.

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