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People Under Stress Increase Chances of Heart Disease We all know that too much stress is bad for one’s health. But there are still a lot of people who would disregard the feeling of being stressed. For most of us, we treat stress as part of our life. Our response towards stress affect our overall […]

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We all know that too much stress is bad for one’s health. But there are still a lot of people who would disregard the feeling of being stressed. For most of us, we treat stress as part of our life. Our response towards stress affect our overall health. Although it is inevitable, we should still make time and effort to relieve ourselves from anxiety, tiredness, and stress. The problem is that a lot of people do not minimize the things that cause too much stress. They choose to live with it rather than change their lifestyle. It is important for everybody to fully understand how stress can affect our health and life.

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Stress is Bad for the Heart

Did you know that stress also increases your chances of having a heart disease? There are studies that show how stress contributes to heart disease which is the number one cause of death in the country. People who are stressed tend to act in a certain behavior that increases the risk of having a heart disease. These behaviors may include drinking alcohol, eating too much, smoking and physical inactivity among others. Such behaviors may increase blood pressure in the body and may even impair artery walls. Stress may also result to lack of sleep and rest leading to headache, back strain, and energy loss.

Whether it is physical or emotional stress, both of these affect the health of your heart. Physical stress usually occurs when you are exerting too much effort that is much more than what your heart can handle. Exercise is good for the heart. But then, if you have an existing heart disease, exceeding your own limit can be potentially dangerous to your heart’s health. If a person has coronary artery disease, intense exercise can cause the heart to be ischemic or lacking of oxygen.

In effect, you will feel chest pain, premature ventricular contraction, or even experience a heart attack. Thus, if a person already has a heart condition it is best to be cautious in doing intensive physical activities.

What Emotional Stress Does

Emotional stress on the other hand can also be detrimental to your heart. Under certain circumstances, chronic emotional stress may contribute to a chronic a heart disease. But most of the time, the main factor contributing to increased chances of heart disease is our response towards stress – be it physical or emotional. To avoid heart diseases caused by chronic stress, it is important to learn how to manage your stress.

There are experts and specialists that can help you undergo therapies to manage your stress. Researchers have found that managing stress is effective in lower one’s risk of a heart disease. There are indeed medicine and drugs that can alleviate the symptoms of too much stress. But all of this are temporary only. In order to live a stress free life, a change in lifestyle is usually what you need. Managing your time efficiently is one way to lessen stress.

What About Physical Stress?

In general, physical stress is relatively easier to manage than emotional stress. A change in your daily habits can immediately improve and reduce your physical stress. Conversely, emotional stress is not easy to control especially if you are experiencing anxiety. Figuring out what stresses you the most is important to be able to deal and manage your stress.

If you notice you have signs and symptoms of chronic stress such as anxiety, headache, depression, lack of sleep, panic attacks, and hypertension, it is best to immediately talk to a doctor or specialist. If your friends and family advise you to get help, it is important that we acknowledge it. Otherwise, we will not take the first step in managing our stress.

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Cholesterol is a type of substance that has a texture and appearance like wax. Cholesterol is located in your body cells. For the body to function properly, good cholesterol is a vital substance. They body can make all the required cholesterol. It is used to make hormones that are essential to the digestive system, helping […]

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Cholesterol is a type of substance that has a texture and appearance like wax. Cholesterol is located in your body cells. For the body to function properly, good cholesterol is a vital substance. They body can make all the required cholesterol. It is used to make hormones that are essential to the digestive system, helping you food digest properly. Many fatty foods consist of cholesterol. Therefore, many people are at risk of high cholesterol as they are not aware of it in their food or its effects. It is very essential to know about cholesterol and try to eliminate the risks of high cholesterol.

  • Cholesterol Types

There are two types of cholesterol, LDL and HDL.

  • LDL – Low-Density Lipoprotein is the bad type cholesterol that causes heart disease.
  • HDL – High-Density Lipoprotein is the good type of cholesterol.

It could be quite serious if your blood has too much LDL cholesterol. It may lead to cardiovascular disease. The sad problem is that there are no warning symptoms of high cholesterol in the blood. This is why several people remain unaware they have this condition until it’s too late. To determine if you have high cholesterol, a blood test is required.

People who have high cholesterol are two times more at risk of heart problems, which is the leading cause of death. About 71 million adults, or approximately 33.5% of the population, have are at risk of high LDL cholesterol. On average, only one out of three adults is able to manage high cholesterol and get it under control.

Proper treatment and necessary lifestyle changes are required to get the problem under control. Some of the best ways to control LDL cholesterol are provided here.

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  • Best Ways to Manage High Cholesterol

There are several ways to manage your cholesterol level. Some lifestyle changes and a proper diet are necessary to manage it. The following health tips will help you to lower, even prevent, high cholesterol.

  • Lose Weight

If you are overweight or obese, the best way to prevent high cholesterol is to lose weight. You will find a significant change in your levels after losing 5% to 6% of your body weight. To lose weight, you need to eat low calorie foods like green vegetables and fruits. You can do physical activities like walking, running, swimming, cycling, and climbing to lose weight. If you keep your weight in the proper range, your cholesterol will be kept in balance.

  • Red Wine

Another way to prevent high cholesterol is to drink a small amount of red wine after dinner. Wine is able to increase HDL cholesterol, which is good for your health. HDL cholesterol in blood stream picks up and carries LDL cholesterol to the liver where it is excreted from the body.

  • Eat Oatmeal

Eat oatmeal at breakfast because it has a high amount of soluble fiber, which reduces extra cholesterol. It is recommended that you take 25-35 grams of oatmeal daily for the best results.

  • Drink Black Tea

Tea has become very popular because it hsa cancer-fighting antioxidants. It also has a great defense to protect against high LDL levels. According to several studies, black tea has been found to reduce LDL by 10% within a few weeks. It also can reduce the risks of coronary heart disease.

  • Drink Green Tea

Green tea can be a healthier alternative to sodas and sugary beverages. Several research studies have been done both on animals and humans. The results have found that green tea contains certain compounds that can lower LDL cholesterol rapidly. If you don’t have time to make green tea, then try to take capsules of green tea extract as an alternative. It is best to take green tea in its pure form, without added sugar or artificial flavors.

  • Avoid Some Foods

If your goal is to lower cholesterol then you must limit some of the bad foods you have been eating. Some animal products like red meat, whole milk, and cheese are high in cholesterol. These are the main sources of saturated fats. If you want to eat meat, you need to replace it with lean proteins like baked or boiled fish, turkey, and chicken, or even soy products.

  • Regular Exercise

Another great way to prevent high cholesterol is regular exercise. Jogging, aerobics, and yoga can be really healthy for you. Workout at least 30 minutes to see positive results. Exercise will increase the good cholesterol levels and reduce bad cholesterol. If 30 minutes is too tough for you, then start with 10 minutes sessions and gradually increase the time.

If you are diagnosed with high cholesterol, you need to seek the advice of a doctor. These ways can help you to prevent high cholesterol naturally and will help you lead a healthy and fit life.

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Heart disease affects millions of people all over the world. In fact, it is the leading cause of death and morbidity in most countries. According to the World Health Organization, by 2030 more than 23 million people will die each year due to heart disease. But exactly is heart disease? How can you tell if […]

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Heart Disease

Heart disease affects millions of people all over the world. In fact, it is the leading cause of death and morbidity in most countries. According to the World Health Organization, by 2030 more than 23 million people will die each year due to heart disease. But exactly is heart disease? How can you tell if you have it? How do you prevent it?

Heart Disease

What is heart disease?

Heart disease formally goes by the initials CVD – which stands for Cardiovascular Disease. It is characterized by dysfunction or malformation that affects the heart and the blood vessels in the body. CVDs can be congenital or acquired; the latter is more common, caused by unhealthy lifestyles that increase the risk being developing a heart problem. But CVD doesn’t refer to one disease only. It refers to all diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels – from atherosclerosis to ventricular septal defect (VSD).

While all heart problems are dangerous, at the top of the list is a condition called CAD – short for Coronary Artery Disease. It’s a heart condition that affects the arteries that supply the heart with oxygenated blood (called coronary arteries). These arteries, being very small, are prone to get blocked with deposits of fat and inflammatory cells, collectively called plaque.

How does heart disease affect the population?

According to the Centers for Disease Control:

  • 600,000 people in the US die each year because of heart disease.
  • Out of 600,000 deaths, 380,000 are specifically caused by Coronary Artery Disease.
  • Heart attacks hit over 720,000 Americans each year.
  • The cost of managing heart disease rounds up to almost 109 billion dollars annually – that includes everything from medications to productivity loss.

How do the arteries get blocked with plaque?

There are three major risk factors associated with the development of heart disease – (1) unhealthy diet, (2) lack of exercise, and (3) smoking. An unhealthy diet can mean a lot of things, but in terms of heart disease, it is a diet high in fat and sodium. These two things contribute to the deposition of fat in the blood vessels and increase in blood pressure. Too much fat in the diet causes the excess to be deposited in the blood vessels. High sodium directly contributes to water retention in the blood, which raises blood pressure.

The second factor is a sedentary lifestyle with minimal to absolute lack of exercise. The term sedentary refers to very minimal activity; usually people with desk jobs have this kind of lifestyle. Without proper exercise, energy expenditure is quite low, which can cause fat build up in the body and eventually in the blood vessels.

The third factor, smoking, has been featured in a lot of studies that reveal how nicotine directly damages the blood vessels. Similarly, high cholesterol, specifically low density lipoprotein (LDL), also damages the blood vessel walls. Damaged vessels get flooded with inflammatory cells, which also become deposits along with fat, increasing the size of the plaque or blockage. The bigger the plaque grows, the more it obstructs the flow of blood through that vessel.

These three major factors are called modifiable risk factors, because they involve the personal choices in a person’s lifestyle.  The other kind of risk factors is non-modifiable – because they are your personal history of disease, family history of disease, and sex. A person whose parents or first to second degree relatives have been diagnosed with heart problems have a higher risk than those without that risk factor.

What happens if a vessel gets obstructed?

When a blood vessel gets blocked with plaque, it slows or completely halts the flow of blood through the vessel. This is why CAD is very dangerous – because if the blockage affects the coronary arteries, it slows the supply of blood to the heart. Without oxygen reaching cardiac tissue, it starts to die and can lead to a heart attack.

Remember – tissue death is irreversible. In a myocardial infarction, the medical term for a heart attack, a part of the heart is damaged depending on the affected blood vessel. If blood flow is not returned within the next few hours, the cardiac tissue starts to die. This process cannot be reversed; only pain medication is used to manage the symptoms.

Heart problems typically manifest as pain in the chest, nape, and shoulder, high blood pressure, and fatigue – especially after stressful activities. Sometimes heart problems don’t have any symptoms except for an acute attack on the heart or blood pressure.

How do you prevent heart disease?

Like with every other disease, targeting the risk factors for heart disease are your best chances in avoiding it. Modifiable risk factors are lifestyle-based, meaning adjustments have to be done on diet, activity, and exercise.

  • Keep your fat intake to a minimum – avoid using/eating food fried in oil or butter.
  • Carbohydrate intake should just meet your daily needs to avoid its conversion to fatty deposits.
  • Keep sugar intake to a minimum as well. High blood glucose level in Diabetes has also been linked to the development of heart disease. Avoid sugary foods such as sweets and pastries.
  • The minimum requirement for exercise is at least 20 minutes of moderate activity. Moderate activities include speed walking, jogging, and cycling. Always find time to exercise at least two to three times a week.
  • If your work involves a lot of sitting at a desk, remember to stand up, stretch, and walk around at least every hour.
  • Don’t smoke! With nicotine damaging blood vessels, smoking is a major risk factor for the development of heart disease. Stop smoking completely – no ifs and buts.

The reach of heart disease is far. Almost everyone knows or is related to someone who has a heart problem, even if the condition is just hypertension. While billions of dollars are being spend on this condition, preventing it is as easy as making the right lifestyle choices. WHO and other cardiac organizations emphasize the importance of prevention – adjust your lifestyle today and reap the benefits of a healthy heart in the long run!

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What are the Causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest? What is sudden cardiac arrest You collapse without warning. Your heart stops beating, and blood stops flowing to your brain and other organs. Within seconds, you stop breathing and have no pulse. This is sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition that the heart […]

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Causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

What are the Causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

What is sudden cardiac arrest

You collapse without warning. Your heart stops beating, and blood stops flowing to your brain and other organs. Within seconds, you stop breathing and have no pulse. This is sudden cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition that the heart suddenly and all of a sudden stops beating. If that happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other essential organs.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs if the heart stops beating, abruptly and all of the sudden. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other essential organs. In addition, in the event the heartbeat is not restored having an electrical shock immediately, passing away follows within minutes. SCA is the reason more than 350, 000 deaths inside the U. S. each year.

What are the Causes of  sudden cardiac arrest?

Sudden death is quite often caused by heart condition. When blood vessels small, the heart muscle can be irritated because of deficit of blood supply. In cardiovascular system attack (acute myocardial infarction), a blood vessel becomes completely blocked by way of a blood clot, and there is enough irritability of this muscle to cause ventricular fibrillation. In fact, the reason many individuals with chest pain are admitted to the hospital is to monitor their heart rate and rhythm for signs that could trigger ventricular fibrillation. Sudden death can be the first sign or symptom of cardiovascular disease.

Ventricular fibrillation (v-fib) will cause most sudden cardiac arrests (SCAs). V-fib is a kind of arrhythmia.

During v-fib, this ventricles (the heart’s reduce chambers) don’t beat typically. Instead, they quiver really rapidly and irregularly. 2, the heart pumps little or no blood to the physique. V-fib is fatal otherwise treated within a short while.

Causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Other problems with this heart’s electrical system could also cause SCA. For illustration, SCA can occur in the event the rate of the heart’s electro-mechanical signals becomes very slow and stops. SCA could also occur if the heart muscle doesn’t reply to the heart’s electrical signs.

Certain diseases and conditions could potentially cause the electrical problems that cause SCA. Examples include center disease (CHD), also called coronary artery disease; serious physical stress; certain inherited disorders; and structural changes inside the heart.

Health Condition that can causes Sudden Cardiac arrest:

  • Coronary artery disease. This is the most frequent cause of sudden cardiac arrest in people older than 35.
  • Cardiomyopathy. When you’ve got this condition, your center muscle becomes enlarged or thick, so it’s destabilized.
  • Long QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome. These disorders of the heart’s electrical system could potentially cause abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Marfan syndrome. This inherited disorder could potentially cause parts of the heart to stretch and turn weak.
  • Problems while using heart structure that are mixed together at birth. Even for those who have had surgery to accurate a defect, you are nevertheless at risk for quick cardiac arrest.

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