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As 2020 comes to an end, the pandemic still continues to take its toll on millions. The virus seems to be surging in many regions and countries that had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks, are also seeing infections rise again; and not just the regular infections but neurological and cardiovascular ones as well! This is making online healthcare not just an option anymore but also a necessity. Since the internet is likely the first source you turn to with your health-related questions, let us help you gain some insight and easy-to-digest information with our recent cases.

Case 1

A 15-month old girl child was having severe dietary issues. She was not consuming any meals and even rejecting her favourite food. Her water intake levels were extremely low and she had also turned a bit cranky. These symptoms were troubling the parents and they were inclined towards believing that there could be an underlying medical condition causing this to happen constantly. It’s not uncommon to see kids not being interested in eating a big meal, or becoming pickier about what kinds of foods they eat but this was concerning, hence we were approached by the parents for an advice.

How did we help?

iCardin’s paediatrician spoke with the parents and assured them that there is a fix for the dietary issues. A ‘Health History Questionnaire’ was shared by our doctor and filled by the parents of the child. On studying this, our doctor concluded that the child’s growth and developmental parameters were normal and progressing as per age without any complications. There were a few vitamin, calcium and mineral supplements prescribed. The doctor also helped in drawing out a complete nutrition chart for the optimum intake of nutrients required for the child to be healthy and strong.

Post a week we did a follow-up and were happy to observe that the child had resumed her food intake and was doing much better.

Case 2

A 33-year-old male had met with a road accident in which he suffered a head injury along with bruises on his face. This also led to an episode of vomiting with ENT bleed. There was no loss of consciousness. For primary treatment, he was rushed to the nearest hospital. After discharge from the hospital a repeat CT scan was performed which showed the following:

  • Thin rim of subdural hematoma along the convexity of the right frontal region
  • Multiple intraparenchymal contusions with mild perilesional edema in the right basifrontal & temporal region
  • Fracture of Rt basifrontal bone, the wall of bilateral frontal Rt ethmoid, maxillary & sphenoid sinus, Rt nasal bone, Lt mastoid & Lt temporal bone with associated hemosinus

Our patient was experiencing headaches, body aches with reduced sleep and a weird spinning sensation. He was prescribed pain and swelling reduction medications along with a few others initially. Considering there was constant unrest with multiple symptoms, he decided to opt for a second opinion with us for a better solution.

How did we help?

Through video consultation, our neurologist explained the findings and severity of his CT scan. Our patient was told about the nature and impact of his brain injury. Our neurologist prescribed medications for his body ache and headache complains, as they seemed to be interrupting his daily routine severely. Additionally, medications to reduce the spinning sensation was also given along with advice on what measures were to be taken when such a sensations would occur, how to handle it, do’s and don’ts, etc. These medications were prescribed for a period of 15 days.

We did a follow-up post two weeks and were happy to see our patient doing much better, with less pain complains and on his way to a speedy recovery!

Case 3

A 57-year-old female with a prior history of hypertension, diabetes (for the past three years) was experiencing ‘slurred and irrelevant speech ‘ since the past three months. Her condition had worsened in the last 5 days before her family decided to approach us for a treatment option. A prior CT scan performed showed ‘ Chronic Lacunar Infarct’ (occlusion of a penetrating artery) which generally accounts for about a quarter of all ischaemic strokes that worried them.

How did we help?

Our Neurologist consulted our patient and her family members over a video call. The patient was seen to be walking around normally, there was no arm drift, and she was also able to name her family members accurately. She was psychologically well oriented as observed over the video call. Our doctor explained the nature of stroke-related diseases and its possible, line of treatment. Cholesterol reducing medications along with antiplatelet medicines to treat and prevent heart attacks, strokes and heart-related chest pain were prescribed for her. Apart from this cognitive enhancers for speech correction medications were also prescribed keeping in mind her diabetic and hypertension condition.

On follow-up after 14 days there was a significant improvement in our patient’s speech and the medicine dosage and duration were adjusted for further betterment.

We wish here a super-fast recovery!

Case 4

A 41-year-old male patient was experiencing pain in the left groin and left thigh since a few days. He was unable to sit with folded legs and the pain seemed to aggravate while climbing stairs or a physical activity. Other symptoms exhibited were, current like sensations in the groin and thigh. There was no distal weakness and no urinary complaints. Due to this ongoing discomfort our patient reached out for a treatment and a quick fix to the problem.

How did we help?

Our patient shared his MRI reports that showed L5/S disc prolapse. Through video consultation, our neurologist explained about his disease in detail after thorough study of his reports and the symptoms exhibited. Medications for relieving moderate pain, swelling, neuropathic pain and inconsistency correction were prescribed for two weeks. We checked on him post his consultation and his pain had reduced significantly with reduction in discomfort as well.

He was happy to have regained his normal movements and thankful for the quick help!

Case 5

A 36-year-old male had reached out to us for assistance regarding his psychological condition. He was experiencing anxiety, over thinking, career issues and was in a state of dilemma regarding whom to speak to for help. Considering the societal pressures and taboo around speaking openly about mental health issues was also making his condition worse until he decided to open up to us and we are glad he did!

How did we help?

Through a discreet and secure online consultation, our psychologist heard and discussed all his issues regarding work, family and lifestyle. He and his spouse were both feeling the pressure of trying to manage work and also find time for their child. Along with this, he had concerns regarding career progression at his work. Our mental health doctor shared certain conversational guidelines to check if the family problems could be mitigated. Few pointers for work management and healthy living to combat such stress were also shared. The best part is that our patient was open to adopting and implementing the suggestions for solving his issues both at work and on the family front. We admire his courage and desire for betterment and hope the following sessions will be as helpful as this one was!

*We have kept the complete anonymity of our patients and have ensured that no sensitive information or names related to the cases are disclosed. Stay tuned for more! *

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