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March 18, 2012

Dos and Donts suggestions for those who are fitted with pace makers

Sharing with you the info I have come across on pace maker. A heart specialist gave the following advise for those who are fitted with pace makers.

Pace maker is fitted to increase the pumping rate of the heart. Normally it should be within the range of 60 to 90 beats per minute and it varies depending upon one's activity and stress levels. When it reduces drastically, pace maker is fitted to increase the heart pumping function to normal level.

  1. Pace maker will only help to increase the heart beat and cannot prevent heart attack. Hence have to careful with the eating & living habits.
  2. Pace maker will not function inside a magnetic field, hence let you doctor know if you are prescribed for MRI scans and avoid going to places where magnetic field is there
  3. Always carry the certificate or the card which says that pacemaker is planted in your body, this is to avoid the problem that may arise during a security check as the metal detector will raise an alarm. Especially while travelling by flights or going to temples or malls which has metal detector.
  4. If the person who has got a pace maker fitted in his or her body dies, please remove the instrument with the help of a doctor before making cremations as it may explode during that process.

Olan - (using ashgourd/ilavan)

Olan is a very simple watery vegetable preparation which can be used as a side dish or can be mixed with rice for a main course if you want keep your cooking simple. Sharing with you the olan that is made using ashgourd (poosani / bhopla / ilavan). Can also be prepared using Pumpkin (parangikai / manjal poosani / kadhdhu)

Ashgourd helps in weight reduction.

Ingridients :

  1. Ashgourd - 1 Cup (sliced)
  2. cow peas - 1 tbsp (black eyed beans / chawli)
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Coconut Oil - 1 tbsp
  5. Coconu Milk - 2 tbsp
  6. Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  7. Green chilli - 2 nos
  8. Water to cook the vegetable
Procedure :
  • Thinly slice the ashgourd, Pour water to cover it.
  • Add salt, vertically sliced green chilli, sugar to it and cook
  • Pressure cook the cow peas till they become tender
  • Add the cooked cow peas to the pumpkin preparation.
  • When the pumpkin pieces turn transparent & tender, add coconut oil,  coconut milk and mix well. cook for 30 seconds and remove from fire
Variations :
  1. Instead of coocnut milk, regular cow milk can also be used but to be added only after removing from fire.
  2. Instead of adding oil directly, you can heat little oil, add curry leaves and then add it as a tempering to the prepared dish and add the milk.
  3. you can drink it as soup by without adding or reducing oil & milk.
  4. If you keep it little thick, use as a side dish, if made watery, use it as a main dish to be eaten with plain rice.
  5. Adding cow peas is optional

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