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Home Remedies Can Compliment COPD Medications

Many People With COPD Want The Best Of Both Worlds Modern, state-of-the-art medications to help their lungs function at their best, plus herbal remedies that have been used for centuries to help clear the lungs. Keep in mind that herbal remedies have usually not been subjected to rigorous scientific testing. They may be used with, but never instead of, the medications your doctor has prescribed....

Ischaemic Heart Disease

Ischaemic Heart Disease Angina pectoris is the most common symptom of ischaemic heart disease. It is the consequence of an imbalance between myocardial supply and demand arising either as the result of narrowing of the coronary arteries through atherosclerosis or as the result of coronary artery spasm. Stable angina is the result of a fixed atherosclerotic obstruction and is precipitated by an increase in myocardial...

Infective Endocarditis

Tissue made of endothelial cells line the inner surface of everybody organ, including the heart. The exquisitely sensitive and complex endothelium in the heart, called the endocardium, smoothes our over large surfaces and pinches up to form and line the heart valves. Normally, the endocardium is resistant to infection. However, if a valve has been injured or damaged, the body sends our platelets...

How to Prevent Heart Attack

Heart Disease (Attacks) & Women Heart attacks occurs much more frequently among males than among females. This difference, however, lessens beyond the age of 60 in both sexes. As regards the environments, it is stated that in general, the quantity of food, fat and sugar taken by men is greater than that by women. More men smoke than woman. Men are more exposed to the competitive stresses of...

Heart Attack!

Heart Attack! It's 3 am. You just woke up. There's a heavy feeling in the center of your chest. You're sweating a bit, and you feel as though there's not enough air in the room. You sit up and open the window to let in some more air, and that helps you feel a little better. You feel a bit nauseous, so you think, "indigestion," and you take some Tums. That should help within a few minutes if it's indigestion....

The Management of Patients with Valvular Heart Disease

Valvular heart disease affects a large number of patients who require diagnostic procedures and decisions regarding their long-term management. Unlike many other forms of cardiovascular disease, there is a scarcity of large-scale multicenter trials addressing the diagnosis and treatment of patients with valvular heart disease. Recently, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American...

Prevention of Heart Attack

Prevention of Heart Attack Block (atheroma) formation in the coronary arteries is the biggest killer in the world. Coronary artery disease (angina and heart attack) remains the leading cause of death in men over 45 years and in women over 65 years through out the world now. The underlying atherosclerosis (block) develops insiduously, and is generally advanced and difficult to reverse once symptoms occur. Thus, treatments...

Evolution of Drug Coated Coronary Stents : A Major Breakthrough in Managing Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Stenosis is a common Cardiac problem leading to heart attack. Instead of Coronary Bypass Surgery, Balloon Angioplasty has become a popular treatment modalities. To keep the artery patent after angioplasty, physicians are increasingly using Mesh like metal devices called "sten". These devices help in keeping the artery open and reducing second time coronary narrowing. Modern...

Heart Failure

The real cause of heart failure lies in the heart muscle. It is due to changes which make it unable to carry on the proper circulation of the blood. These changes may follow valvular disease, disturbances of the heart rate as in atrial fibrillation, or diseases of the blood vessels associated with high blood pressure. Left Ventricular Failure. This is liable to occur as a result of the increased...

Like Your Burgers on the Raw Side? E. Coli May Give You a Raw Deal: Death

Like Your Burgers on the Raw Side If you think you can only get E. coli 0157:H7 (Escherichia coli) from undercooked hamburger meat served in restaurants, think again. The infection, which causes diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps and sometimes even acute kidney failure resulting from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), has also been traced to home-prepared hamburgers. Roast beef, unpasteurized milk, apple cider, and...

Asthma

Asthma is a disease of the bronchial tubes, or airways of the lungs, characterized by tightening of these airways. It is a chronic condition; people with asthma live with it every day and for their whole lives. There are Three Major Features of Asthma: Airway Obstruction. During normal breathing, the bands of muscle that surround the airways are relaxed, and air moves freely. But in people with...

Hormone Replacement Therapy (Hrt) Does Not Reduce Stroke Risk

The Heart Estrogen-progestin Replacement Study (HERS) conducted by Dr. Joel A. Simon and colleagues at the VA Medical Centre in San Francisco found that HRT does not reduce the risk of stroke among postmenopausal women with coronary artery disease. According to Dr. Simon this is the first large randomised clinical trial to examine the effect of HRT on risk of strokes in women already compromised...

Exercise and Heart Attack

Regular physical activity has long been regarded as an important component of a healthy lifestyle. Recently, this impression has been reinforced by new scientific evidence linking regular physical activity to a wide array of physical and mental health benefits. It has already been proved that regular physical activity can prevent formation of atheroma (block) inside your coronary artery....

What Are the Warning Signs of Heart Attack?

What Are the Warning Signs of Heart Attack? Heart and blood vessel disease is our nation’s No. 1 killer. About half of the deaths from heart and blood vessel disease are from coronary heart disease, which includes heart attack. About 325,000 people a year die of coronary attack before they get to a hospital or in the emergency room. But many of those deaths can be prevented by acting fast! Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But...

Health Issues ( Skin-Cancer Surgery, High Blood Pressure )

Specialized Skin-Cancer Surgery Specialized Skin-Cancer Surgery Certain cases of skin cancer pose difficulties because they are recurrent or located in cosmetically sensitive areas with little surrounding skin, such as the upper lip, nose, eyelids or ears. These cases lend themselves to the special type of surgery known as Moh's micrographic surgery. This outpatient procedure involves the removal of a thin horizontal disc of...

Heart Attack

Q. What Is Heart Disease? Diseases That Affect the Heart and Cardiovascular System Q. What Happens During a Heart Attack? The heart muscle requires a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to nourish it. The coronary arteries provide the heart with this critical blood supply. If you have coronary artery disease, those arteries become narrow and blood cannot flow as well as it should. Fatty matter...

Coronary Heart Disease

What It is? Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) occurs due to the narrowing or total blockage of one or more of the coronary arteries that feed the heart thus reducing the supply of oxygen to the heart. This clogging and narrowing of the artery is due to a gradual build-up of plaque (fatty deposits, cholesterol, cellular waste products calcium and other substances) in its inner lining. This build-up of...

Atrial Fibrillation

Q. What Is Atrial Fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. If you have AF, the impulse does not travel in an orderly fashion through the atria. Instead, many impulses begin and spread through the atria and compete for a chance to travel through the AV node. The impulses originate from tissues other than the heart's electrical system. The firing of...

Complications of A Heart Attack

A person who has a heart attack may experience any of these complications: myocardial rupture, blood clots, irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias), heart failure or shock, or pericarditis. Myocardial Rupture Because damaged heart muscle is weak, it sometimes ruptures under the pressure of the heart's pumping action. Two parts of the heart are particularly susceptible to rupture during or after a...

How Can You Prepare for Heart Surgery?

How Can You Prepare for Heart Surgery? Doctors do successful heart surgery every day, but it’s normal to be concerned if you’re scheduled for the operation. Knowing what to expect will ease your worries. What should I do before my operation? You’ll probably be admitted to the hospital the afternoon before your operation. The staff will do some tests, give you instructions and prepare you for surgery. Your healthcare team (...