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Ask the Doctor: PCOS always needs proper evaluation as it is being overdiagnosed currently

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Ask the Doctor: PCOS always needs proper evaluation as it is being overdiagnosed currently


Will PCOS pose a challenge for a woman to get pregnant and how to cure it?

—Krishna Raj, a resident of Ambattur

PCOS always needs proper evaluation because it is overdiagnosed now. It needs history, clinical examination, scan and biochemical testing to confirm it. Minor lifestyle changes will really help in getting a PCOS woman pregnant in majority of the cases. Lifestyle changes in the form of proper diet & exercises helps to reduce weight and in turn reduce the PCOS characteristics. This helps in getting pregnant easier.

—Dr Arul Mozhi, Consultant Infertility Specialist, Motherhood Hospital

What is the difference between heart failure and heart attack?

—Surya Kumar, a resident of Alwarpet

Heart Failure is a chronic, progressive condition that affects 8-10 million people in India while heart attack, a sudden cardiac event, affects 2 million people every year. There are several risk factors that lead to heart failure like cardiomyopathy, diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease etc., A prior heart attack is also one of the reasons. In fact, one out of every four people who suffer a heart attack eventually develop heart failure within four years. Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle responsible for the pumping action weakens or stiffens overtime. It directly affects the pumping efficiency of the heart and results in an enlarged heart.

—Dr R Ravikumar, Cardiologist, Gleneagles Global Hospital

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