Hope For Class Iv Congestive Heart Failure Patients

If you bothered to click into this article, it only means 2 things; you either have congestive heart failure or know someone who has congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure is not something we think about, it just happens, it sneaks up and attacks, leaving us changed for life. The guardian angel, always present by our side now has a companion. The dreaded grim reaper. He may not be visible, but he is felt, letting us know our mortality has been compromised. He keeps his distance at times but he has become part of us, a constant shadow following us around.

We try to make the best of it; try to assume that nothing much has really changed, that with a bit of good living well get by just fine. I guess that is the only logical way to react, we keep up a good smile to friends and family, not letting them know how sick we really are and to keep the peace, they go along with the ruse. Doctors are good at keeping up a good front, saying just take your meds, get exercise and youll be fine. But Ive had some of the more non delicate types who break the code of silence, daring to say out loud, Mr. Verge, you are really living on the edge. Like this is my choice, like Ive planned it all. And he had the uncouth nature to say this in front of family, he broke the rules. He dared to tell the truth, not that I really care, but in front of loved ones. Definitely not a charm school candidate.

And there are those of you out there that managed to just get the acknowledgement of the reaper, your guardian angels were working overtime. You are class I, head of the class I should say. You can still go out and play, yours was a warning, so behavemy lucky ones. The medical society has grouped us into 4 classes, all written in roman numerals for some odd reason. Class IV, my class, well, I guess you could say the guardian angel was out having a smoke when the reaper came to visit that day. His scythe left us scarred and breathless, forever married to endless tests, doctors, medications and a whole shopping list of worries. We are the bearers of strange devices that keep us going, our invisible guardian angel now has some mechanical help. In my opinion we are the strong ones, because no matter how hard it hurts, we keep that smile going. No matter how out of breath we get, we manage to climb that set of stairs. We keep going despite the odds, we are hopeful and we are determined to beat the reaper.

Theres no reason for me to go through the basics, we have all arrived here, many through no fault of our own and we are struggling to understand the best way to proceed, to improve, to breathe and to do those little things we took for granted before. A simple walk never became such a daunting task. Im going on 3 years now, have had 3 different defibrillators/pacemakers and hospitalized 7 separate times just for heart operations. I feel like I have the right to comment, Ive earned it, my ticking badge may be internal, but the scars I bear are very visible on the outside.

It took me almost 6 months to learn that I had congestive heart failure. For some odd reason I was only told that I had a massive heart attack and should look for a new vocation. None of my questions were really answered; everything was cloaked in some mysterious shroud, the disease that couldnt be mentioned to me. My cardiologist said just hang in there and when I complained about the daily chest pains, he said it was probably a touch of heartburn. At that, the red lights went off in my head. When the coughing of blood became daily, I kissed the old doctors goodbye and headed for the specialists.

A brand new world opened up, but the word transplant was the sacred word of the day. A word that would soon come to taunt me. I almost fainted the first time I heard it, I thought the heart could repair itselflittle did I know. Then I saw a congestive heart failure specialist, he said transplant. I went to another cardiologist and again the word transplant crept into the conversation. I went for a 3rd opinion just in case, and again, I could hear the echoed word transplant bouncing off the white Formica in the room.

Since then Ive read everything I could get my hands on, internet, books, articles, anything. Ive heard of all sorts of cures, from heart nets to shrink the heart, left ventricular assistance devices, some type of cuffing and blood pumping system which I cant even remember, ventricular reconstruction to actually cut out the dead scarred section and to sew it back up to endless vitamin and supplement cures. Every single idea I have taken seriously and I have seriously passed these notions by my heart failure specialist and each time, I get that condescending look, with the inevitable shaking of the head. His one comment to me was I shouldnt read too much. HA! the only thing I ever got from him were a few pamphlets telling me what I already knew, exalting the upmost holy trinity of class IV lessons. No salt. Watch the liquid intake and exercise.

So my fellow pupils in class IV, how are we to learn to out dance the dance of death? There a few options for us. Of course there is transplant, for some that is the only solution. We can continue with our daily struggle and just grin and bear it, hoping for the best. But for us that still can move about I suggest a newer approach, again something the cardiologists wont mention, a field that has been squashed by the last administration for 8 years. A reason to hope.

STEM CELL IMPLANTATION

Dont worry you good Christians out there, the world has evolved and science can now take your cells, duplicate them and make them usable to help repair our broken and damaged hearts. Aint no baby controversy here for this to even make Fox News. This is a real and growing industry already accepted in many parts of the world as a normal solution to regenerating dead and scarred areas of the heart muscle. It is called adult stem cell therapy .

Just think, a disease that kills some 1400 daily can now be reversed. At the 16th annual world congress on anti-aging medicine (Washington, D.C./ speaker Dr. Grekos) the company Regenocyte, a stem cell therapy for heart patients saw an average increase of 21% in ejection fraction rates as well as the patients heart failure class status. Class IV patients have moved on up to class II within 6 months of therapy. This is not science fiction, this is happening right now. And the word is GLOBALLY. Can you imagine our grand pharmaceuticals giants are probably all champing at the bit to be the first to get FDA approval. And I am sure it is not out of the goodness of the heart. (No pun intended)

If you are financially well off and ready to take the leap, there are already many companies welcoming your paychecks. These companies, albeit many having headquarters in United States, do their unsanctioned dealings abroad, escaping the grip and ire of the FDA. Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, Israel, Thailand, Germany. The list grows every day and will continue to grow for people who can afford it, why notit works. The list is as interesting as the countries where they originate, names like Angioblast, Regenocyte, Cellartis, Neurotherapeutics, Vescell, Bioheart , Xcell and Neuronova. Every developed, developing and even so called 3rd world countries are investing in this boom of the future. In the United States alone, there are 43 separate stem cell research and development companies.

The real HOPE in all of this for us peons of class IV is that in the United States, all and every study is still in clinical trial, still not approved by the FDA, although it is being performed throughout the worldand this makes it to our advantage. Need you ask why? There is one simple answer, we are guinea pigs and the price is normally free. I can guarantee you that this will not last long. And for me, it is my only chance to improve from a debilitating state to a semi-normal state. No one will rip open my rib cage, I will not have to suffer the trials and tribulations of a heart transplant. I just may be able to out dance the reaper through modern medicine. I am more than ready to start and cheer and put on my sailin shoes.

I am not a medical professional; I am a victim, a patient, looking for answers to help myself. I do not advocate that you run out and do a clinical trial. But I do advocate that you read all of the available information for heart improvement. I have found that the established cardio experts still stick to the old school of methods, that is to say, transplant. I am offering options and knowledge which is often brushed under the carpet when you see your cardiologist.

To find out about clinical trials, check out www.clinicaltrials.gov and I guarantee you if you search, you will find. Almost all major medical universities and hospitals are offering clinical trials in adult stem cell research. There is a pharmaceutical race going on, and we may be the winners. University of Minnesota, Cleveland Heart Clinic, University of Pittsburgh, Heart institute of Texas, Mt. Sinai and NY Colombia Presbyterian, just to name a few, are all busy at work with clinical trials.

My purpose in this article is to offer hope to those of us who are caught in the grips of the reaper, the dreaded class IV of congestive heart failure. We have the means possible to out dance the grim reaper and to start to take normal walks again with a smiling angel sitting on our shoulders.

Almost all of the home pages for the companies listed here can be found in my stumbleupon account, under the name of newayswealth, along with other interesting tidbits.

Eat and live well.
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A Healthy Lifestyle – Tips To Prevent Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number killer in America; the good news is, however, that this disease can be prevented. Research and studies have shown that with the correct measures and steps taken; this disease can actually be avoided throughout an individuals life. The following is a series of tips to prevent heart disease.

Firstly, comprehend the undeniable fact that you are what you eat! This disease is mostly cause by excessive fats in your body which clogs the blood flow in your arteries. Therefore, one of the most important tips would be to consume a healthy diet. Eat foods which are low in saturated fats while increasing your fruit, vegetables and whole grains intake. Try to not visit fast food outlets that often as fast foods usually boasts an excessive amount of fat, remind yourself how much unneeded saturated fat you are taking in the next time you gulp down a extra large cheese burger.

Furthermore, individuals with high levels of stress may lead to heart ailment. This is due to the drastic rise in blood cholesterol and blood pressure when you are stressed out. So, try not to fly into a temper and always be laid back, relax and of course, smile often.

Going on, out of the handy tips to prevent heart disease, it is particularly obvious that smoking should not even be included in any of your daily activities. If you have this awful habit, quit! Seek professional help if you are having problems in quitting. Plus, exercise at a regular basis to prevent heart problem. Exercising helps you avoid the disease and at the same time burns the excess fat in your body, thus preventing obesity altogether.

As a conclusion, practice a healthy lifestyle. Instill the tips mentioned above in your daily life for both you and your hearts sake.

High Prevalence Of Heart Disease Expands Job Opportunities For Technicians

Heart disease has become widespread in the United States because of the increasing rate of chronic medical conditions related to a poor diet and the lack of routine exercise. Diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure negatively affect the ability of vital organs to function and can result in debilitating illnesses and even death. The poor health behaviors of the general public along with an increase in the size of the population and the number of Baby Boomers now entering retirement has created a spike in demand for cardiac care services. Because many healthcare facilities lack the advanced personnel and resources needed to meet the current demand, many administrators have begun hiring unlicensed technicians to perform many of the routine tasks associated with the provision of daily care. This trend has created many new job opportunities for EKG technicians as well as those who are working in other specialties.

The heart is one of the most important organs contained within the human body because of its role in circulating blood through the vast network of vessels that supply oxygen to tissues and transport waste to organs that specialize in filtration and excretion. Like all other organs, the heart requires oxygen to survive and must have a healthy network of vessels that supply it with the nutrients it needs. Individuals who suffer from clogged cardiac arteries are highly susceptible to developing heart attacks and may even die if a severe cardiac event occurs. Many of these patients must receive regular treatments in a cardiac unit in order to ensure that their heart remains functional. An EKG technician is someone who works under the supervision of a registered nurse or licensed physician and whose job it is to carry out the basic tasks associated with the delivery of care to heart disease patients.

Some of the most common responsibilities that an EKG technician has include vital sign collection, medical history documentation, procedure preparation, electrocardiogram administration, telemetry, Holter monitoring, new technician training, and a variety of administrative tasks. The contributions of the technician to the patient care team is very important because it allows advanced medical personnel to spend their time evaluating new patients, developing treatment plans, and managing cases that involve complex heart diseases. Without the technician, access to cardiac care would become severely limited and many patients would not receive the life-saving treatment that they need. For this reason, many facilities have begun hiring more technicians to help manage the growing demand for care.

In general, the technician may only perform patient care tasks that are considered routine and that have a predictable outcome. Responsibilities that require advanced medical knowledge, judgment, or skill must be carried out by the nurse or physician and can never be delegated to the technician under any circumstances. The nurse or physician must evaluate a task before delegation to ensure that it has very little chance of jeopardizing the health and safety of patients and they must provide supervision as the technician is performing the task. These requirements are designed to protect patients and to ensure that the interests of medical personnel are preserved in cases of negligence. Most healthcare facilities have policies and procedures that determine how a task may be delegated and the steps that must be taken prior to assigning a responsibility to an unlicensed member of the team.

The fact that the EKG technician is an unlicensed member of the medical team means that most states do not regulate the profession. Employers often set their own education, training, and certification requirements for new technicians. While some employers will consider hiring individuals who have only a high school diploma or GED, they generally prefer those who have at least a two-year college degree and prior patient care experience. Those who do not possess formal credentials may still be able to secure employment after completing a training program provided by the hiring institution and successfully passing a nationally recognized certification exam. Direct contact with potential employers is the best way to ensure that their expectations are being met.

Obesity and Heart Disease

We only have to look at a Titian painting to recognize that at one point in the history of Western culture, fat was considered beautiful. Before the 20th Century, corpulence was touted as a sign of wealth and luxury, largely because most people were barely surviving on a meager existence.

Ironically, now in our era of affluence and plenty, we have to contend with the health and economic problems of obesity. We have a population in North America that is more than 55% overweight. More than 20% of those overweight are considered obese, a situation which proves to be an economic burden on our Health Care system because of the coronary risk factors associated with obesity. In 2004, total national health expenditure in the USA was $1.9 Trillion or $6,280 per person.

Why is obesity a risk factor for heart disease?

Among obese individuals, triglyceride levels are unusually high, while HDL levels tend to be low; both of these situations are risk factors for heart disease .A recent study involving tissues collected from autopsies of 3000 men (15-34 years old) who had died of external causes (not heart related) identified an association between obesity and coronary atherosclerosis.

Abdominal fat which characterizes obese individuals is also an area of concern. A study of 1300 Finnish men (42-60 years old) suggests that abdominal fat is an independent and major risk factor for coronary events. Several reasons have been suggested for this: a) stomach fat is continually released into the bloodstream in the form of artery-clogging fatty acids; b) abdominal fat also releases compounds that facilitate risk factors such as atherosclerosis, metabolic syndrome and inflammation; c) abdominal fat initiates biochemical events that lead to insulin resistance, a precursor of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Obesity is often a precursor to metabolic syndrome, a dangerous health situation that is manifested through a cluster of symptomsexcess body fat, insulin resistance, low HDL cholesterol, high triglyceride levels and high blood pressureall risk factors for coronary events. People with metabolic syndrome release immune system messengers called cytokines into their bloodstream. Cytokines lead to a communication breakdown between body cells and insulin which leads to excessive insulin production by the pancreas, creating a situation that is a literal time bomb for heart disease . In addition, this excessive insulin production can raise fibrinogen concentrations in the bloodstream, thus allowing blood to clot more easily, a situation that is a direct risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.

Because of their size, obese individuals are more often than not sedentary in lifestyle. Inactivity in and of itself is also a coronary risk factor. Data from more than 88,000 women in the Nurses Health Study shows that a lean sedentary woman had 1.48 greater risks for coronary heart disease than a slightly heavier but physically active woman.

Are Doctors Lying About The Cure For Heart Disease

The People” have had enough apparently!

An “insider” revealed today that the “World of Medicine” is scamming people … and even worse: with the help of “law-makers!”

It seems that “money” (as usual) has blinded doctors and medical practitioners to the degree that they are now willingly *suppressing* the truth regarding Heart Disease … its control, management, and even its cure!

That’s right: “cure!”

And what should shock you even more:

It seems that it’s against the law to say the word “cure” when describing anything that actually cures you.

Yet it’s very much okay to say that something “treats” or helps “offset” the symptoms of some health condition or disease.

But if you say “cure” (and even including when you in fact have a real and bona fide cure for something and can even prove it!) you can get arrested.

Ever wonder why we have a “healthcare” industry and not a “healthcure” industry?

It’s simply because no one’s out to “cure” anyone because there’s little money in doing so.

Instead, keeping you sick and marginally pain-free is all anyone’s really out to do for you these days … as doing so means you being “forced” to buy all the same drugs over and over again, and again, and (you get the point!)

Of course, if a cure came along it would mean you buy it one time, and then you’re cured … and that’s that (over and done!)

But a number of doctors, philanthropists, and just plain old “good folks” armed with “real answers” and “real solutions” are stepping up and are NOT afraid of “Uncle Big-Bully Brother!”

One courageous fellow by the name of Melford Bibens, CPT, is doing exactly this, as he’s helped others overcame “naturally” the condition known as “Heart Disease!”

Not only that, but Melford has lectured and personally helped individuals beat the disease to the point that proven sufferers have actually gotten re-diagnoses as “no longer having the disease at all!” (Something that’s pretty much always been ruled out as a possibility altogether! … and now which may even be against the law!)

But it’s not certain how long Melford will be allowed to do this because “Uncle Sambo” has actually started using “Gestapo” tactics whereby people and businesses truly offering “cures” have been raided with masked armed police who even go to the point of forcing customers in the stores to get down on the floor at gunpoint!

So, if you’re wise and want to find out about this while it’s still possible for you to do so, then just continue reading to the bottom.

But don’t be surprised if one day soon you return to find this site completely removed with a US Flag waving in its place (in the name of “freedom” no less!)

The Truth You Should Know About Heart Disease

There’s a heap of vital info concerning heart disease that you must be familiar with, therefore you’ll be able to take the essential steps so as to defend yourself from receiving this condition in the longer term as best as you can. 1st important info is about what it extremely is. Truly it’s a large, all-encompassing term and it’s not one form or disorder however rather a collection of diverse diseases and conditions. During this case, the term ‘heart disease’ refers to any drawback in any of the different components of your cardiovascular system, which include your heart furthermore because the blood vessels all through your body.

There are a vital variety of people who are at danger from heart disease and the bulk will be those that have a family lineage of the condition. So, if inherited or hereditary heart conditions are normal in your family lineage, then it might be prudent to make bound that you discuss this heredity together with your doctor and to ensure that you simply maintain regular annual check up to seem for any latent problems. If you are doing this, then you’ll evade serious issues down the road.

Heart disease remains one of the key reasons of early death in the planet today. Whereas this news would possibly sound depressing on the surface, the actuality is that the sheer volume of early deaths led to by it has declined considerably in recent years. The reason for this can be that remarkable steps have been achieved in terms of the treatment. The event of drugs designed to stop heart attacks with surgeries supposed to eradicate issues and reinstate proper heart functioning became quite intensive and the amount of dead caused by heart disease are spectacularly reduced.

Another vital data on heart disease is regarding how it’s caused, and there are in fact a variety of numerous things that are believed as being accountable for causing the condition. Though you’re possible to listen to a heap concerning preventing cardiovascular disease the truth is that typically no matter what you do you just cannot stop it.

When all, there are several types of heart disease that are inherited, which means that you’re born with them. In addition, there are more forms which are obtained, and normally during this regards you tend to develop them over the course of your life. The difference between these obtained forms and therefore the inherited forms, is that you’ll typically stop the obtained forms whereas the inherited forms you cannot.

Heart disease prevention

Maybe the most vital and valuable data related to the condition is how to stop it from happening. There are a variety of accessible preventive measures that may significantly lessen the problems. The awareness of the public has been raised to a great extent in terms of teaching folks with regard to the advantages of appropriate diet, keeping faraway from smoking and drugs, and investing time during a robust cardiovascular exercise program meant to create the center abundant stronger.

A regular check up along with your physician may not prevent all varieties of heart disease from going down, but it undeniably will have a serious result on catching a heart downside before it turns into a heavy matter. Like any downside or condition, catching the problem too soon will provide the momentum for obtaining treatment when possible. When treatment is dole out rapidly, the ability to avoid or successfully treat the matter before it becomes life threatening could be a high likelihood.

Many other preventive measures that you’ll do are: keep a healthy weight, get at least thirty minutes of see every day, maintain your cholesterol levels among healthy ranges, control your blood sugar if you’ve got diabetes, management your blood pressure, and build certain that you simply eat a various diet that’s wealthy in fruits and vegetables.

Heart disease research

Research is critical when it comes to learn concerning what heart disease is and also the causes of it, along with solutions that can be utilized to help treat and even prevent the condition. There are a number of unbelievable organizations out there that perform analysis to realize this purpose.

One in every of well-known organizations in explicit is The Research Center for Stroke and Heart Disease, which may be a non-profit organization that was founded in order to boost understanding and stop stroke and heart disease worldwide. It styles, puts into observe, and evaluates a variety of projects so as to teach individuals and along with inspire them to adopt sure practices which are shown to decrease risk factors.

Another heart disease research organization is that the British Heart Foundation, which is a corporation that is deemed as being the state’s heart charity, and that concentrates on three terribly necessary things in explicit: investing in revolutionary research, supporting and caring for heart patients, and providing basic info to assist people decrease their own risk of dying prematurely from a heart or circulatory related sickness.

Harvard Medical Faculty is another center that focuses a great part of their concentration on heart disease analysis, and they need truly been doing this for some decades now. They advocate an unlimited quantity of knowledge, like what it’s, what causes it, new analysis findings and statistics, and therefore on.

This kind of analysis is after all the only factor that can facilitate the grim scenario involving this condition in the world nowadays, and hopefully sometime within the near future this analysis can show the method to search out how heart disease can be totally avoided altogether.

Ischaemic Heart Disease – What You Need To Know

The heart is one of the most important organs and holds the job of pumping blood to other organs. Ischaemic heart disease, also called myocardial Ischemic, is an illness that has an effect on the way how the blood travels to the heart. IHD occurs when there is a plaque formation that restricts the arteries from transporting precious blood and oxygen to the heart. The heart becomes affected when there is a reduction in the blood flow to the heart muscle that damages the heart muscle. Ischaemic heart disease has become one of the leading causes of death in the western world.

Ischaemic heart disease hardly show any signs in its first when it starts to take effect however, different warning signs can be seen based on the severity of the disease when it is diagnosed. Some the most identifiable symptoms are acute chest pain and angina prectoris. Acute chest pain can be identified by sharp pain felt in chest and is treated as an emergency situation.

Angina precoris results in chest pain behind the breast bone or slightly to the left of the chest, there may also be a crushing sensation, squeezing or heavy pressure moving towards to the jaw, back, shoulder or event the arms. This symptom also causes indigestion, light headedness, vomiting, shortness of the breath. It’s a possibility that angina precoris will not show any of these symptoms even when in effect; this is called silent ischaemia. Ischaemic Heart Disease can also lead to cardiac failure slowly over time. Heavy coughing, shortness of breath with after lying down or while doing physical activities, fatigue, loss of appetite, unusual heart beat patterns, inflammation of the ankles and feet are all signs that a heart failure may be approaching.

There are certain particular habits that makes it easier of you developing heart diseases. Persons who have particularly bad eating habits and suffer from obesity automatically increase their chances of being affected by these heart disease. These situations cause high cholesterol levels that make the heart work excessively to keep up with the needs of the body and so leads to various heart diseases.

Individuals experiencing situation should maintain healthy eating habits and exercise for at least three times weekly and maintain your body mass. These patterns can greatly minimize stress levels, take care of the muscles and keeps the body in check. Individuals that suffer from insomnia, and don’t work out are more prone to feel highly stressed. Cigarette smoking is also a huge contributing factor of heart diseases. If persons hope to minimize their chances of getting IHD, smoking will have to be eliminated. High tension levels can also cause IHD.

Persons who have experienced a stroke or heart attack or who have a hereditarily record of cardiac diseases or other disease like diabetes are more prone to develop heart diseases. So Persons should make it their duty to research their medical history and seek a heart specialist when necessary to test the condition of their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They should also be conscious of what they eat. Individuals may require medications to regulate these conditions. In serious cases of IHD surgical procedure may also be needed to treat ischaemic disease but the greatest cure is prevention by exercising healthy lifestyle patterns.

Insider Secrets Of Preventing And Reversing Heart Disease

If you are reading this, it is possible that you or someone you know or love may need help for their heart! Here’s to a healthy heart!

EAT FISH TWICE A WEEK

Heart disease is quite uncommon among people who eat lots of fish. Certain unsaturated fatty acids unique to fish are thought to be responsible for this protective effect. Eat at least four ounces of fish a week. Best: Rich, oily species like bluefish, mackerel, tuna and Salmon, but before you ingest whatever kind of fish you choose, you would be wise to make sure that fish is not contaminated with any chemicals. Whether you realize it or not, our environment has been compromised over and over. What about fish-oil supplements? There’s little evidence that they’re beneficial.

ALCOHOL AND ASPIRIN

Study after study has proven that an occasional drink raises levels of HDL cholesterol (that is your “good cholesterol”). Men whose HDL is below 30 should consider having one or two drinks daily (one if you’re a woman). One drink equals a glass of wine, a shot of distilled spirits or 12 ounces of beer. A sip of alcohol or one drink a day for women, can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, especially when in combination with healthful eating habits, (more is not recommended) because too much alcohol raises the risk of other diseases that affect your liver or causes cancer. Low-dose aspirin therapy-one-half tablet a day-is proven to prevent heart attacks in those who have heart disease. Aspirin may also be beneficial for individuals at risk for heart disease. That includes men over 50 and postmenopausal women. There’s no evidence that preventive aspirin therapy is beneficial to people with healthy hearts. Word of Caution: If you’re allergic to aspirin, have ulcers or are prone to digestive bleeding, aspirin therapy is not for you. Consult your physician as to other alternatives.

CONSIDER TAKING ANTIOXIDANTS

Cholesterol damages arteries when it has been oxidized, via a chemical reaction analogous to rusting. Fortunately, the body has enzymes that prevent oxidation by “mopping up” the unstable molecules (free radicals) that cause oxidation. Three antioxidant nutrients – vitamins C and E and beta-carotene – give this natural defense system a big boost, especially when taken in combination. Sufficient levels of beta-carotene can easily be obtained by eating green and yellow vegetables, and vitamin C is abundant in citrus fruits. But it’s hard to get much vitamin E from dietary sources, so start taking a daily supplement but research what quantities are enough for you, or ask your physician.

WHAT ABOUT OTHER SUPPLEMENTS?

There’s been much less research on chromium than on the “big three” antioxidants. But in one study, volunteers took 200 micrograms of the mineral three times a day. Results: Levels of protective HDL cholesterol rose by 16%. That translates into 20% reduction in the risk for heart disease. If your HDL levels are below 30, and it cannot be raised via weight loss, exercise or moderate alcohol consumption, ask your doctor about taking, chromium supplements.

Important Note for Diabetics:

Glucose tolerance factor (GTF) seems to be safer than the more popular supplement, chromium iodinate. In another study involving more than 15,000 physicians and researchers, it was found that those whose blood contained high levels of the amino acid homocysteine were more likely to have a heart attack. Homocysteine seems to damage artery walls and promote clotting. To keep homocysteine levels down: take a daily supplement containing vitamins B-6 and B-12 and folic acid.

MEDICAL TESTS AND LAB -WORK-UP

Your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar should be checked each time you have a physical exam. However, if you are diabetic, a blood profile and A1C should be checked every three months. Moreover, you should have an electrocardiogram with each check-up. Stress tests aren’t necessary unless you’re having chest pains or other heart disease symptoms.

Home Health Care For Orthopedic, Wound And Heart Disease Aids Independent Living

Quite a few health issues can create a need for elderly home health care. The chronically ill or those with injured may at one time or another need orthopedic home care, wound care CT services or heart disease CT care. When someone with any of these medical issues must receive care, their choices have typically been limited to checking into the hospital or into a skilled nursing facility. Many of these conditions do not allow seniors to remain living in the home since they need not only medical care but also help with their daily living such as dressing, bathing, cooking and cleaning.

The alternative to staying in a facility is to use home care services to deal with each of these issues. Staying at home allows loved ones to get the care they need in the comfort and security of familiar surroundings. Just relieving the stress of having to be away from home can go a long way in helping the healing process.

Orthopedic Home Care

Orthopedic home care assists patients when they are first discharged from the hospital after orthopedic surgery. The goal of the orthopedic home care service is to help the elderly become mobile quickly while living independently at home. In essence, receiving this care at home can get people back to normalcy much quicker than typical post-surgical care.

Wound Care CT

In the same way that orthopedic home care allows patients to return home, wound care CT services help recent hospital patients to recover at home from wounds such as ulcers, stomas, drains and fistulas.This advanced care makes the difference in healing quickly and returning patients to health in the comfort of their home.

Heart Disease CT

People with heart failure must work diligently with medical professionals to maintain their health and return to independent living especially after heart failure and surgery. Heart disease CT home care allows patients to return home and get the care needed until they are fully recovered. By staying in the home, they can lead a stress free recovery that promotes quick healing and can help to prevent reentry into the hospital.

No matter what specialized home care service is needed, home caregiver agencies can provide professional nursing teams to fully assess and evaluate patient needs so that they can live in the home all while receiving needed care. These services allow a much better quality of life than the constant need to move in and out of hospitals, and seniors are happier staying within their own homes for as long as they possibly can.

The Low-down On The Diagnosis And Therapy Of Coronary Heart Disease In Women

It is not easy to diagnose CHD in women who develop chest pain more often than men. The chances for these chest pains to progress to heart attack are rare. In one study, half of the women undergoing coronary angiography did not have significant heart artery blockage. But, women with classical angina symptoms had a 71 percent probability of having diseased coronary arteries. Nearly 90 percent of women suffering from heart attack had chest pains as the initial clinical presentation. This is similar to what men have experienced. Nevertheless, females are more likely to exhibit symptoms such as breathlessness, fatigue, nausea, or upper abdominal pain.

Diagnosis of CHD among women has often been a challenging task for doctors. Resting electrocardiogram (ECG) frequently shows non-specific abnormalities in women, regardless of whether there is underlying CHD. The conventional treadmill stress test also does not help much as a diagnosing tool for women. Non-invasive tests such as myocardial perfusion stress imaging and stress echocardiography may improve the sensitivity and specificity over the treadmill stress tests in the female population.

Several reports have documented that women with CHD have a worse outcome than their male counterparts. Compared to males, females have higher chance of complications after heart attack. This could be explained by:

– Older age of female CHD patients, usually 10 years older than male CHD patients.

– Increased likelihood of co-morbid conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart failure.

– Differences in the size of the coronary arteries between men and women.

– A greater likelihood of urgent surgical or interventional procedures in women.

– Less aggressive approach generally adopted by doctors.

– Lower likelihood of referral for cardiac rehabilitation after a cardiac event

Pharmacological therapy using ACE inhibitors, aspirin, beta-blockers, nitrates and cholesterol-lowering drugs has been effective in both men and women.

A 1987 study showed that men were 6.3 times more likely than women to be referred to coronary angiography when their non-invasive tests were abnormal. Heart procedures such as PTCA (Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angiography) and bypass surgery were 15 to 27 percent more commonly carried out in men than in women with the diagnosis of CHD.

Complications during PTCA were higher for female patients. A slightly worse operative mortality was also associated with surgical treatment for women. After the heart bypass surgery, women have a lower likelihood of being free of angina than men do. Female CHD patients also experience greater disability and less return to work than the male patients. The rate of long-term survival and re-operation, however, are similar.

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