4 common myths on second opinion- Busted!

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A patient might want a second opinion for innumerable reasons. It can be merely for reassurance or for clarifying his doubts about a particular treatment or a condition. No matter how genuine the reasons being, there are various myths associated with seeking a second opinion.

  • Myth: Patient is confused and unsure

Fact: All a patient wants is to make sure the diagnosis is correct and that the treatment plan suits him. He wants to make an informed decision in choosing his treatment options. Moreover, it allows the patient to explore his options.

  • Myth: A second opinion may compromise the current treatment

Fact: Usually a second opinion is sought to verify the veracity of the initial diagnosis and treatment. Consulting a specialist for a second opinion gives the patient more confidence on the treatment plan. This in turn improves patient adherence to the plan.

  • Myth: Going through the second opinion process is tedious

Fact: Seeking a second opinion within the same healthcare system is advisable to minimize your effort. If your medical records are digitized then getting a specialist consultation can be arranged with minimal paper work. Pursuing the help of an organization that works in collaboration with super-specialty hospitals and doctors is a great option for a hassle-free analysis of your primary diagnosis and treatment.

  • Myth: Second opinion only if the condition is life threatening

Fact: Getting a second opinion may put you at ease when it comes to the primary diagnosis. As medicine is not an exact science, sometimes tests or diagnosis can be inconclusive which can leave you confused as to which treatment option is the best. Moreover, with newer approaches being developed there is a good possibility of obtaining a better approach with fewer side-effects. Thus, whether or not the condition is life threatening, it is always feasible to be double sure of the initial diagnosis.

Texas Medical Concierge helps you to access highly specialized care from the leading global medical institutions. We help you obtain an expert second opinion and understand your treatment options. We help you through face-to-face consults or through sophisticated video conferencing. We digitize all your medical records for easy access by the consulting medical institution. To ensure the highest level of patient satisfaction we provide convenient means of connecting with super-specialist doctors and global centers through our clinical liaisons. We are committed to give you a credible medical second opinion for a confident and healthier you.

Depressed at work? You’re not alone

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If you think you are suffering from depression at work, and fear of speaking out your problem as you may think it might affect your job, then you’re not alone. Before the symptoms become worst affecting your professional and personal life adversely, you need to get help immediately.

Depression is a serious mood disorder, which causes constant feeling of sadness and loss of interest in doing work. It affects the way we think, feel and behave, leading to variety of emotional and physical problems. According to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.

In today’s busy work schedule life, chances are there that you may get affected from major depression symptoms at your workplace. There are many situations or reasons why you can get depressed at work which include:

  • Job insecurity
  • Unreasonable job expectations
  • Overwork
  • Unpleasant work atmosphere

The situations or reasons will vary from person to person, and it completely depends upon individual’s attitude and the way one deals with these situations. Here are some tips which will help you to manage your work well when you are dealing with depression illness.

Recognize the signs – Symptoms of depression differs from person to person but there are some common signs and symptoms which will help you to identify. Therefore recognizing these signs of depression is the first step in dealing with depression.

Signs of depression:

  • Tiredness and loss of energy
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Feeling anxious all the time
  • Sleeping problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Incorporating bad habits like smoking, drinking, drug abuse, etc.
  • Self-harm

Take care of your body and mind – Once you recognize the signs of depression, you need to workon them to reduce their effects on your life. This can be done by following these tips:

  • Eat healthy – Incorporating healthy, nutritious and well-balanced diet regularly, even while working at office, will help to regain energy and feel better. This will reduce the symptoms of depression.
  • Get enough sleep – Studies have shown you feel more depressed if you’re sleep deprived. Sleeping helps to relax and distress body and mind to great extent. Therefore, getting enough sleep at night will help to feel refreshed in morning.
  • Exercise regularly – Regular physical exercise will make you feel good as this releases stress-relieving hormones in your body. When you feel depressed at work, get up and move or engage in some stress-relieving activities like yoga during non-official hours. Yoga act as a best stress reliever. Yoga promotes proper breathing pattern and helps to strengthen muscles. It also improves overall blood circulation and body’s metabolism. Thus, regular practice of yoga and better lifestyles can help you to overcome depression symptoms faster and work more actively in offices. Regular exercise is a powerful stress reliever. Aerobic exercises, which helps to raise your energy and heart rate, sharpens your focus and will relax your body and mind.

Find treatment

Along with regular exercise and diet, you need to take proper treatment procedure if you think you are going through major depression symptoms.

If you have a bad flu or fever, you’ll take time off to recover, right? And incase if you suffering from diabetes, you will take treatment to stabilize it. Depression is no different from any other chronic disorder. Hence it is as important for person going through depression to take proper treatment to maintain productive life at work.

Therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), counseling and psychotherapy are recommended if you are suffering from intense depression.

How Texas Medical Concierge can help?

Texas Medical Concierge offers such working professionals priority access to one of the leading International Clinic – The Menninger Clinic with best experts in mental well-being. The Menninger Clinic is a leading specialty psychiatric hospital which treats adults and adolescents with complex mental illness such as anxiety, severe mood, personality and addictive disorders.

Texas Medical Concierge also offers benefits of complementary services like yoga sessions to deal with mental problems like depression.

Remember, employees who are fit and more physically active will always show higher work quality and better job performance!

For more information, please contact www.texasmedicalconcierge.com

Telemedicine: A key to health services of the future

As the risk of contracting chronic diseases increases with the age in a growing population, the number of older people with chronic disease is also growing. As in today’s modern world, there are fewer younger people to take care of elderly individuals.  In future, it will be more difficult to visit to general practitioners and hospitals as compared to now. Therefore, in this blog we will be discussing about how telemedicine can help to deal with such situation in smarter way and provide solution to it.

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Telemedicine which involves exchange of medical information from one site to another via electronic communication provides solution to major medical problems such as long-distance consultation, emergency medical assistance and also in education and training for health care professionals.

Telemedicine may be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone or a complex process which involves using of satellite technology and video-conferencing equipment’s.

Telemedicine has been growing rapidly because it offers four fundamental benefits:

  1. Improved access to services and increasing care delivery

From so many years, telemedicine has been bringing health care services to patients in distant locations. Telemedicine, not only enhances patient’s access to physicians but also improves physicians and other health care facilities to expand their reach, beyond their offices.

  1. Reduced health care costs

Telemedicine helps to reduce the overall cost of health care, thus increasing the overall efficiency. This is done by better management of chronic diseases, reduced travel times and by shared health professional staffing.

  1. Improved quality of care

It is indicated that health care services delivered by telemedicine services provides similar or superior quality service compared to traditional in-person consultations. Moreover, in some specialties such as in mental health, telemedicine delivers better outcomes and patient satisfaction than the traditional service.

  1. Patient’s satisfaction

The most important advantage of telemedicine is that it reduces travel time of the patients and the family members to a great extent, thus reducing their travel expense and related stress considerably.

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Conclusion

It is seen that the impact of telemedicine on health care structure is huge and hence it should be implemented carefully and managed well. Therefore, telemedicine can be seen as a useful tool that can be used to build-up a new health care horizon.

Telemedicine services at Texas Medical Concierge

Texas Medical Concierge located at ITC Maurya, New Delhi has incorporated this cutting-edge technology to overcome the distance barrier between the patients, doctors and specialists across the globe.

In order to avail telemedicine services at Texas Medical Concierge, please contact www.texasmedicalconcierge.com

Obesity in the workplace: Overweight employees are less productive, need longer breaks to rest

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Obesity is a complex health disorder which involves excess accumulation of body fat. Medically, it is defined as a body condition when body mass index (BMI) exceeds the value of 30. It is not just a cosmetic concern but it also increases the risk of various health-related problems such as heart diseases, cholesterol problems, high blood pressure, etc.

Obesity not only affects people in their personal lives, but also exhibits a significant impact on their professional lives too, affecting their work capability and productivity. It is mostly observed that people suffering from obesity are less productive, get injured more often, and needs longer breaks than employees with normal weight.

How obesity can affect services at workplace?

  • Obese people may suffer from range of health-related issues such as back problems, neck problems, sleep apnea, etc., thus making them uncomfortable to work for long hours.
  • Due do increase in weight, their physical movements and activities gets reduced.
  • Extra weight can make such individuals more lazy and sleepy, thereby affecting their work efficiency.
  • There are also other work-related risks associated with obese people. For example, obese people having sleep problems may show less alertness and can pose danger for employees who drive or operate machinery.
  • Overweight individuals may face from stigmatization and discrimination in the workplaces.
  • Obese employees may also get more frustrated and depressed.

All these issues can lead to poor concentration and inability to do work effectively, thus affecting overall productivity at work.

How organization and co-workers can help obese people?

Organization and co-workers can help such obese people by:

  • Keeping positive attitude towards such individuals and involving them in other activities which will make them to feel valued like other normal weight people
  • Promoting physical activities and healthy food choices for such obese individuals
  • Organizing yoga sessions especially for such overweight people, as yoga plays significant role in reducing extra weight

Yoga for obesity

By practicing special yogic asanas along with incorporating balanced/nutritious diet and healthy lifestyles, obesity can be reduced to a large extent. Indulging in regular yoga exercises will help the endocrine glands to function properly, thus improving overall blood circulation and body’s metabolism. Yoga also promotes proper breathing pattern and strengthens muscles which in turn helps in getting weight to normal levels.

Therefore, regular practice of yoga and controlled life styles will help such obese employees not only to reduce extra weight, but will also help in achieving controlled mind and behavior at work place, thus increasing overall productivity at workplace.

Texas Medical Concierge offers benefits of complementary services like yoga sessions to such working professionals, which will help them in reducing extra weight, and regain the healthy mind, body and soul.

Remember, employees who are fit and more physically active will always show higher work quality and better job performance!

To know more about our services, visit our website www.texasmedicalconcierge.com