High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease And Influenza

Wow, the above title sounds a real mouthful but the reason for it is this. Apparently, (listen up at the back please) the yearly Winter Flu Jab can help reduce the number of fatal heart attacks, incidence of death and the number of unplanned emergency procedures that require work on the clogged arteries of patients with Coronary Artery Disease,

Way to go, lets all pile down the Doc’s and get jabbed

Without being accused of making too much of a joke about the above topic there is growing evidence apparently suggesting that people with Heart Disease or Heart Trouble generally should get a shot of the flu vaccination every year.

If you think about it the underlying logic behind it all is extremely sound. It is a common fact that people with Cardiovascular problems die of influenza every year, in fact in greater proportions that the norm. Therefore if you can prevent them getting influenza in the first place then you are a major step forward to preventing these deaths.

The key is that with patients already at high risk of deterioration in their condition could really be either put at the edge or over it health wise without this vaccination.

The latest study that has all the medical community talking was presented at the recent American Heart Association meeting in Chicago by a Research Group presenting its findings from their studies in Poland.

The problem with replicating the study in America was that in Poland the research involved 658 patients who had Coronary Heart Disease and the methodology of the survey would be deemed unethical in the US. They took 325 of them and gave them an active Influenza Vaccine and with the other 333, they gave them a placebo.

The problem with doing this in the US is that guidelines prevent them from doing it recommending that Heart Patients get the flu shots.

The real problem that this whole exercise has highlighted is this. The findings were extremely useful because of the parallel groupings etc in that their base terms of reference were almost identical i.e. they all had Heart Disease. This gave the research an extra form of validation but the reliance on the guidelines in the US against replicating this survey there has highlighted another major inconsistency.

According to the American College of Cardiology, only one out of every three Adults in the US with Heart Disease actually received the Influenza jab last year.

So much for adhering to guidelines preventing further research and a recommendation that every heart patient should get a flu vaccination. It would appear to be a case of do what I say and not what I do!

Know About The Types Of Heart Disease

Heart disease is a category of illnesses that affects the regular functionality of the heart that can start from different causes. These diseases cause damage the different muscles and blood vessels connected to the heart and affects its ability to work properly. Since the 1900’s, cardiac disease has been recorded as the leading cause of death in the United States, England, Wales and Canada. Cardiac disease is responsible for killing someone every 34 seconds in America and over 60 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disfunction. There are many individuals who are uneducated about its causes, symptoms and ways of preventing it affecting you and your family.

There are several category of cardiac disease which all have the same type of symptoms and treatment methods. Ischaemic Heart Disease affects the heart by minimizing the blood circulation to the cardiac muscle. Ischaemic Heart Disease displays symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, swelling of the legs and can also reduce an individuals ability to exercise.

Coronary Heart Disease is a disease that causes the artery and the blood vessels leading to the heart to tighten. This takes place as a result of plaque accumulation made up from fatty material, scar tissues and calcium. These vessels transport precious blood and oxygen to other vital organs so when they become obstructed the cardiac muscle is not properly fed with enough blood to perform its usual function. Warning signs include severe chest pain, heart attacks and even cardiac arrest. There are particular factors that maximizes the possibility of developing Coronary Heart Disease. Obesity, High blood pressure, Diabetes, smoking, high stress level, insufficient physical activity, high cholesterol level and in some women menopause.

A valvular Heart Disease is any disease which affects one or more of the valves in the heart. This illness can either be contract from birth or it can be attained over the course of a person’s life. If the disease does not turn out to be severe then medications are available to correct the ailment, but if it becomes critical then an operation will have to take place in order to either repair the valve or replace it. Valvular heart disease can be caused from rheumatic fever, hypereosinophilic syndrome, bacterial infection and cancer, just to name some.

Hypertensive Heart Disease includes any problems that cause high blood pressure. Symptoms of hypertension include, bloating, irregular pulse rate, fatigue, unexpected weight gain, frequent urination at nights, shortness of breath. Cardiovascular disease affects the cardiovascular system by causing damage to the arteries and veins.

Other forms of these diseases are Inflammatory heart disease which inflames the heart’s surrounding tissues, Cardiomyopathy which deteriorates the muscles of the heart, and congestive heart failure which occurs when the heart is unable to provide sufficient amounts of blood throughout the body to fulfill its needs. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle which includes regular exercise, upkeeping a nutritious diet and eliminating bad habits such as smoking, can lower the chances of someone developing cardiac disease. Various treatments can also be used to monitor the functions of the heart and sometimes depending on how devastating the damage is, surgery may be required.

Know About The List Of Heart Disease

A Heart disease is any sickness that affects the natural functions of the heart. The heart is responsible for circulating precious blood, oxygen and vitamins to other parts of the body. There are a range of of disease which affect the heart that can be followed by by various symptoms. If not treated Heart disease can have serious effects on the body and can even be life threateningy.

The various types of heart illnesses are:

Congenital heart disease this heart disease affects newborn babies when there is a defect in the structure of the heart and the blood vessels attached to it. There may be an obstruction in the blood flow which makes the heart unable to function properly.

Angina this heart dysfunction occurs as a result of not enough blood and oxygen reaching a particular area of the heart. This normally results in symptoms that produce a lot of pain in the chest cavity.

Arrhythmia this heart disease happens when there is abnormal electrical activity in the heart. The heart beat may be, either too slow or too fast, regular or irregular.

Dilated cardiomyopathy This heart condition weakens the heart and causes it to become bigger because it is incapable to pump blood efficiently.
Coronary Heart Disease this is the most popular form of heart diseas. It happens when the coronary circulation is not functioning properly because of problems with the blood vessels.

Mitral valve prolapsed this is considered as a valvular heart disease that affects the normal function of the mitral valve so that valve between the left atrium and left ventricle is unable to close properly.

Mitral regurgitation this is also known as mitral incompetence which prevents the mitral valve from closing properly and so affects how the heart pumps blood.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy this heart illness impacts the muscle of the heart known as the myocardium and is also the number 1 cause of sudden cardiac death.
Rheumatic heart disease this condition disrupts the valve of the heart by rheumatic fever and can cause damage to the entire heart and its membranes.
Hypertensive heart disease Also called hypertension is a illness that causes the blood pressure to be irregular.

Stenosis is a disorder that changes the structure and function of the right ventricle due to a primary disorder of the respiratory system. It occurs when the blood entering the lung becomes blocked or slows down.

Constrictive pericarditis is a long term inflammation of the pericardium that can lead to heart attacks.

Heart murmurs are extra heart sounds produced when there is turbulent blood flow that causes audible sounds.

Tachycardia is a heart condition which alters the normal range for a resting heart rate. This may be very dangerous and lead to serious complications.

Atrial myxoma is a non-cancerous tumor on the upper left or right side of the heart. The tumor grows on the wall that separates the two sections of the heart

Infective endocarditis (IE) is infection of the endocardial surface of the heart that can result in intractibe congestive heart failure.

Supraventricular tachycardia this illness causes a rapid change in the speed of the heart in the ventricular tissue.

Heart attack a heart attack takes place when blood flow to a section of the heart is restricted and it is one of the leading causes of death in America.