MARCH 2017
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida
Health & Wellness


Dr. M. P. Ravindra Nathan

By M. P. Ravindra Nathan,

If you are diagnosed with a serious disease, the first question that pops into your mind is, “Can this be cured?” Well, the efforts for a cure will have to start with you. The three major barriers for failure of early diagnosis are:

1. Ignorance or unawareness of the importance of a presenting sign, like a black mole that was ignored turning out to be a malignant melanoma, a serious skin cancer that needs early, extensive surgery.

2. Procrastination, as in the case of a woman with significant back pain; she had postponed a doctor visit because of prior personal commitments, but was later diagnosed with metastatic cancer of the spine.

3. Miscellaneous excuses like worry about expenses, inconveniencing others or delay in getting an appointment.

Regardless, one needs to give urgent attention to certain clinical symptoms and signs, the so-called red flags, such as:

The health problems which can be handled with patient awareness, early detection and prompt treatment are too numerous to count. In the final analysis, we should all be aware that many serious diseases are curable with several sensitive screening tests available for prompt diagnosis. But everyone should make an effort to visit the doctor on time; physicians can help out by educating their patients and cutting down on the wait time for an office appointment.

This concludes our miniseries.

M.P. Ravindra Nathan, M.D., is a cardiologist and Emeritus Editor of AAPI Journal. His book “Stories from My Heart” was recently released. ( or

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