What do you want to become?

When a simple question gets asked, how many of us can speak for our mind? Surgery is amazing and I would consider surgery as a potential career for the rest of my life but nobody gives a crap to women surgeons! Why should I spend my golden years of learning into something where just because I have a different set of sex organs than a male counterpart make the biggest pitfall in my career?

Half an hour later the chief Cardiac surgeon asks me to double glove my hand. He took my left hand and introduced it into a man chest cavity and I was feeling all the thrust that the human heart produces. It beats like a machine, a fleshy non-mechanical pump which beats 24 hrs a day, 7 days in a week and 365 days in a year.

My Cardio-thoracic rotation may be brief but the past few days have meant so much to me.  Accepting the fact that I would not be practicing or doing what I am being a part of now can be utterly disappointing to a certain extent but if I ever had a patient who had a history of CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft ), I can understand the patient well, I can be more empathetic and I can become a better doctor . At the end of day that’s what we all look forward to isn’t it?

As the days pass and I get to be a part of different surgeries I keep telling myself that even if I don’t see myself as a surgeon, I want to learn so much from what the internship program has to offer. Stitching people up or just applying a band-aid or removing a drain. I want to master in the small tinny things that a basic doctor would know.

It’s hard to find place for feminism in surgery. It’s a chapter that I am pretty much sure every female doctor wishes for and then silently closes it because she has no backup mechanism. If lives are saved by giving medicines instead of doing surgeries than this is what the society and the people that make of it get.
Two more months of looking, feeling and absorbing all that surgery has to offer, making the most of it is what I look forward to. There are different ways of deciding what one wants do after MBBS. There are personal life decisions, there are skills that one would like to harvest and there are those that ask the general population.

“What do you want to become?”

[Feel Free to share your thoughts and options, would love to hear from you all! ]





Have You Met Someone That It Makes Your Heartbeat Increase?

( Video showing a section of the heart, this is how your heart beats)

Today we were asked to attend a seminar conducted by a Renowned Cardiologist Dr. Navin C. Nanda MD. He showed us some three dimensional Ecocardiographic videos. It was a trilling moment to actually visualize the heart from all planes.

What makes the heart go Lub Dubb Lub Dubb?

For those of who want to know, the heart is located in the chest, one third of the heart lies in the right side, while the majority lies in the left side. (Check out the picture above to actually see the location.)

Now, the heart has the most important function what so ever, it pumps blood, supplies the nutrients that are present in the blood to the entire body. The deoxygenated blood  is sent to the Lungs and the blood that returns  back from tissues.

Just imagine your heart as a machine that runs the boat.

This machine has several chambers like the right atrium, left atrium, right ventricle and left ventricle. And each atrium is connected to the ventricles by valves and each ventricle is connected with pipes (Blood vessels) like the pulmonary artery and aorta.

What makes your Heart Beat?

Like the machine in the motor boat, your heart needs constant electrical stimulation, which are provided by a system called the conduction system of the heart. There are sevarl segmants of this.

What makes your Heartbeat increase?

Certain physiological factors like Anxiety, Emotion, Exercise and Pregnancy

Pathologically if you have certain heart defects like:

• Consuming large quantities of alcohol regularly
• Consuming large quantities of caffeine
• Genetics – people who have close relatives (e.g. parents) with tachycardia or other heart rhythm disorders have a higher risk of developing the condition themselves, compared to other individuals.
• Heart disease
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Mental stress
• Smoking
• Using recreational drugs

What makes your Heartbeat slow down?

Certain Physiological factors: in Athlete and during sleep.

Pathological factors like:

• Heart tissue damage related to aging
• Damage to heart tissues from heart disease or heart attack
• High blood pressure (hypertension)
• Heart disorder present at birth (congenital heart defect)
• Infection of heart tissue (myocarditis)
• A complication of heart surgery
• Underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
• Imbalance of electrolytes, mineral-related substances necessary for conducting electrical impulses
• Medications, including some drugs for other heart rhythm disorders, high blood pressure and psychosis

Do you love someone that makes your Heartbeat increase?

Stick to that person, life is short and true love is rare so enjoy every day that life offers and keep the heart healthy!

Happy Loving People!