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  • Sumanta 8:33 PM on October 8, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: , Heart, , myocardialinfarction, pericarditis   

    Pericarditis after myocardial infarction (heart attack) 

    Pericarditis is inflammation that occur in the heart wall known as pericardium.

    Normally pericarditis is treated with NSAIDS (non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs like ibuprofen).

    However in case of pericarditis developing after a myocardial infarction (heart attack) NSAIDS are not used for treatment as there may be risk of aneurysm formation and rupture of heart muscle, during the initial phase of recovery after a myocardial infarction.

    Henceforth, opiate based drugs may be used to treat pericarditis developing after myocardial infarction.

    Pericarditis that develop following a myocardial infarction generally tend to occur after 1 or 2 days after the latter. Patients with possible pericarditis might complain of chest pain that increases in certain body positions and/or on inspiration.

  • Sumanta 1:34 PM on September 11, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: Activity, Fitness, , Heart,   

    When can you start regular physical activity after a heart attack? 

    Heart attack is one of the worst health nightmare you can imagine of. Not all heart attacks are same and severity of it varies from patient to patient. Most people after surviving a heart attack and following their discharge from hospital are haunted by the question when can they return to their daily normal active life.

    Well as discussed above the time may vary depending upon the severity of the heart attack. Generally the oxygen deprived wall of heart takes about 4-6 weeks to  get healed by means of fibrosis. Therfore, one should take rest for this period in minimum following which he or she can gradually return to active life. Sexual life can also be resumed then.

    Before wrapping up this discussion I must say that it’s wise to get guided by your doctor because of the above mentioned reason that not every heart attack is of the same type and severity. Different people have different health problems, henceforth such prescriptions are also different.

    Take care of your little beating heart ♥ !

  • Sumanta 8:46 PM on July 12, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: cardiac, cardiacfailure, , , Heart, heartfailure, tests   

    Heart failure 

    What is a heart failure?

    Heart failure is a very common term to many of us, however most people probably don’t have a clear view about it.

    Heart’s prime role is to pump blood so that blood can reach to various body parts like hands, legs ,brain, kidney, brain etc. It is something similar to water pumping stations pumping water to the houses in a community. If these pumping stations fail water supply the houses gets cut.

    Similarly when heart fails to pump out the blood, various body parts starve for oxygen (because blood pumped out of the heart is loaded with oxygen).

    Hope, now you understand what is a heart failure.

    What are the types of heart failure?

    Most of us those who aren’t familiar with medical terms and mechanisms may not know that there are about three types of heart failure – left, right and biventricular.

    Before going to each of these types let’s try to have a rough idea of the chambers of heart.

    Heart has four chambers – 2 atrium (left and right) and 2 ventricles (left and right).

    What are these 3 types?

    Left heart failure – We call so when the left ventricle of the heart fails to pump blood. In general this is referred as heart failure unless mentioned otherwise.

    Right heart failure – As above when right ventricle fail to pump blood, we call it right heart failure.

    Biventricular failure – As the name suggests when both right and left ventricle fails we call it a biventricular failure.

    So, these were the types of heart failure. In upcoming posts we will discuss why heart fails and how is the problem dealt with.

    What are the causes of heart failure?


    There are various causes of heart failure.

    One of the prime cause is heart attack, in which the heart muscle may become weaker due decreased supply of oxygen to perform it’s pumping job effectively.

    Next in the list is irregular heart rhythm. One important such condition is known as atrial fibrillation, in which the atrium beats too fast and at an irregular rhythm. Therefore the ventricles don’t get enough blood to effectively pump it out,  and leads to a heart failure.

    Similarly in case of those suffering from thyrotoxicosis ie excess of thyroid hormone production can also have atrial fibrillation and hence a heart failure. Anemia too when very severe can cause heart failure.

    Then are conditions called cardiomyopathies, in which the heart muscle might be overburdened by some disease process and fail to pump blood properly.

    Long standing high blood pressure is also in the list. Those who have high blood pressure their heart has to pump an extra amount of blood. This makes the heart walls weaker and can drag the heart to a heart failure. In aortic stenosis too the heart muscle becomes exhausted and surrenders from its pumping action.

    Another interesting condition in which heart failure occurs is when the heart’s filling is compromised like in case of pericardial tamponade and constrictive pericarditis.

    Besides heart problems lung problems too can cause a heart failure which is also sometimes referred as cor pulmonale.  Chronic obstructive lung disease can lead to such heart failures.

    What tests or investigations are required for diagnosing heart failure?


    Well diagnosis of heart failure obviously requires a medical professionals help, however trying to know how the things work is probably of no harm.

    So here we start. When ever we talk about heart we generally think of an ecg probably. Although an ecg may not directly let you know if you have a heart failure or not, but it definitely would identify few of the causes of heart failure like an irregular heart rhythm or a heart attack, which are some of the prime causes of heart failure. Therefore, it’s worthy to do an ecg.

    Next, is a chest xray. A xray can show a large cardiac shadow, which too may provide hints towards certain causes of heart failure like long standing hypertension or a dilated cardiomyopathy. In addition to this, chest xray is a good indicator of a chest problem called pulmonary edema. Pulmonary edema is not uncommon in heart failure. Pulmonary edema is a condition in which excess water accumulates in lung tissue because of inability of heart to pump blood.

    Another important test is echocardiography.  Such test shows the heart’s functioning and various measurement parameters. It particularly determines a parameter called ejection fraction. Ejection fraction is helpful to determine the amount of blood which is to be ejected in each pumping attempt of the heart.

    Heart’s  pumping abilities can also be judged by certain nuclear scans too.

    We will stop here, and discus the management of heart failure in some other post.

    Take care!

  • Sumanta 9:58 AM on February 21, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: , Heart, Heart attack, Heart failure,   

    Heart transplantation 

    Hello and welcome to today’s discussion. Today we will try exploring the topic heart transplantation.

    Firstly, let us know what is heart transplantation. This is a process by which the part of a cadaveric (that is dead individual’s) heart is transplanted to a living person. Unlike liver or kidney transplantation there is no way to get the heart from the living donor, since we have one heart and we need it in whole to sustain life. This is one of the main reason why there are more number of waiting recipients than the number of donors. Unlike kidney transplantation, criminal racket for heart transplantation are not much popular I suppose.

    Next, is who requires a heart transplant. Generally, individuals with severe heart failure (there are some medical grading of heart failures, we are not going in to that) along with other co-morbid features like extreme senility etc. require a heart transplant. Heart failure can occur due to various causes, cardiac and non cardiac causes. We will not explore various causes of heart failure here, and will do that latter in some other post. However, I would like to mention one important cause of heart failure which is called myocardial infarction (or heart attack) where a part of the heart wall receives decreased amount of blood supply, henceforth tends to get necrosed (something like rotten fruits but not exactly, I doubt). (More …)

  • Sumanta 7:55 AM on August 3, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , Glucose, , Heart,   

    Low blood glucose levels in diabetes affect the heart 

    Today’s talk about diabetes is really interesting. Are you ever worried of serious hypoglycemia (i.e. low blood sugar level) that occur in diabetes patients. Diabetes affected individuals are generally prone to severe hypoglycemia when they are on some glucose lowering medicine like insulin. Severe hypoglycaemia itself is a life threatening emergency but the consequences of such hypoglycaemia may be long term too. According to a new finding, if the glucose levels drop too much it may increase the risk of heart disease. Therefore, a correct dosing is required so that frequent episodes of hypoglycaemia don’t happen oftenly. Simultaneously, patients may also not change their medicine dosage without their doctors advice.

    Testing the blood glucose level yourself Neder...

    Testing the blood glucose level yourself Nederlands: Het zelf meten van de bloedglucosespiegel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Please cross check information from other sources too. References- link

  • Sumanta 8:09 AM on July 23, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: Artery, DNA, , Heart   

    DNA, in search for coronary artery disease 

    Time is one of the prime factor that plays significant role in coronary artery disease (coronary arteries are found on the walls of heart surrounding it). An appropriate timely intervention can allow the treatment process start much earlier to avoid a potential heart attack. However, this don’t happen in real life much because we probably have no such test to identify the disease in advance.  Doctors too have a hard time narrowing their differentials of probable causes of someones chest pain to pinpoint it towards a coronary artery disease. As a part of their work they need to do a bunch of expensive tests.

    Now the question is how this coronary arteries narrow and finally leads to a heart attack. A process called atherosclerosis stiffens and gradually decrease the diameter of these arteries. Such changes in the artery occur due to various fact and not limited to age, sex, smoking and fatty diet only.

    Interestingly, researchers found that small DNA fragments are actually found in blood of people in whom such coronary artery narrowing occurs.  If this particles can be detected by laboratory tests it can diagnose the coronary artery disease much earlier and help promote introducing preventive steps to slow its progression. Furthermore, this will also allow an rapid diagnosis of chest pain, instead of waiting for test results of conventional set of tests. In addition to this it also may decrease need of certain expensive cardiac tests and may some day allow its use as a common test in a general practitioners office. If this new DNA fragments identifying methods are introduced in future this may change our cardiac preventive health care approach vastly. Earlier we pick the disease, better we prevent its progression.

    Related Item: Freedom from biopsies

    heart with coronary arteries

    heart with coronary arteries

    For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider.  Please cross check informations from other sources too. Reference: http://newsroom.heart.org/news/dna-particles-in-the-blood-may-help-speed-detection-of-coronary-artery-disease

  • Sumanta 11:32 AM on July 1, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: Employer, , Heart, Perception,   

    Self perception of stress, affect heart 


    It’s probably not uncommon to find that our self perception about our own health is not properly valued by our health care providers. But now our perception about our own health will make sense and find importance. Sounds confusing? Well let me explain. We all understand that stress is bad for our health and mainly for our heart health. Till date your stress related health problems were mostly monitored by your doctor with not much importance about how you feel about your stress.

    Interestingly according to a new finding, patient’s self perception about their work related stress matters and most individuals who feel that they are in stress get a heart problem later in life rather than people who thought they weren’t in stress. So now your thoughts about your stress of work may get honored and therefore should be conveyed to your employer to ease your life to any extent if possible. But commonly employers wisdom generation for your good health is least likely, therefore your active intervention may be more helpful. What you can do to protect yourself from health side-effects of stress –

    • Talk with your health care provider about your health concerns
    • Practice relaxation breathing like slow deep breathing throughout the day
    • You may try doing some motion exercises like cycling,walking, running etc.
    • Eat a healthy meal. Junk oily fried food better avoided.

    Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. References: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_138222.html

  • Sumanta 7:27 AM on June 17, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: anxiety, Defibrillation, Fear, , Heart, ICD, Implantable cardioverter defibrillator,   

    ICD shock fear, adversely affects sex life 

    Today an increasing number of individuals are needing implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Before moving in the topic let us have a brief introduction about ICD. If we break the big word- implantable cardioverter-defibrillator – implantable (means it’s implanted in our body, beneath our skin of chest but outside the ribcage), cardio(heart) and defibrillator (a device that defibrillates).

    Defibrillation is nothing but giving electric shocks (ICD has a battery to shock) to control an extremely fast beating type heart  (some of which you might have heard like ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia etc.). These are same as those pedals we see in roadside or airports of most western nations to shock an individual’s chest, only difference is ICD’s are inside our body and they are automatic (whenever they perceive the heart to race in abnormally fast speed they shock the heart, and save life).

    Readers shouldn’t confuse ICD with pacemakers which are used to maintain the heart rate intact and generally used in those with slow heart rates or have some blockage in hearts  own conduction system.

    With that much of introduction now we are probably ready for today’s topic. Recent evidences show that  many young adults with congenital heart disease who are implanted with ICD’s are too anxious of  getting shocked anytime by the automatic life saving machine implanted underneath their chest skin. Such anxiety is so extreme that it is affecting their regular sexual life and resulting poorer sex life. This is happening for both males and females with ICD. Probably removing the ICD is not a wise solution in affected individuals since it may compromise life. According to experts, a counselling from mental health expert might help them battle their shock related anxiety. According to data of 2000 about a million of US adults have congenital heart disease and their numbers are rising every year. Which means an increasing number of adults will require ICD’s.

    Automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

    Automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

    For other heart disease related posts please try this link: HEART DISEASERSS feeds on heart disease: RSS heart disease. 
    Please cross check information from other sources too. 
    For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. 
    References: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_137621.html
  • Sumanta 5:42 PM on April 21, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Heart, Myocardial infarction, Treadmill   

    Hard Physical Labor and Health 

    For decades we got boosted with the concept that more physical work is equal to a more fit life. Very recently we spotted in news that experts are thinking about working in office on treadmills instead of stationary desks to avoid the sedentary type lifestyle of employees. This may help keep the heart disease risks away (LINK). What makes me both  love and hate medical science is its always confusing nature. What we knew yesterday, doctors might say something opposite tomorrow. With that much of introduction let me dive in the topic I am discussing here today- recently studies found that people who do physically demanding type labor jobs are more prone to get a heart attack or stroke, although the answer why such happens is yet not known.

    Some believe, it might be because such group of people have lot of stress at work and are financially weak (hence they can’t access health care); although to some extent that might be true but what sounds most weird is how can so much physically active individuals get strokes or heart attacks when sedentary-obese type lifestyle was the prime accused before. Hope, in future the scientific explanations of such associations will unfold but if we try exploring our common sense it might say that too much of anything is bad i.e. nor too sedentary life is good neither too much of physical activity is good – may be an adjusted lifestyle in between somewhere is best although not always possible in real life.

    A labourer of Agame

    A labourer of Agame

    You may share your opinions below in the comments section. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Please cross check information from other sources too. Reference: http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=675490

    • roberta4949 9:29 PM on April 21, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      actually the physically demanding jobs tend to be poor overall having little education beyond basics, or job oppertunties are scarce and hence people have to take labor intensive jobs, also diet has more to do with heart disease then laborious work (tho such work is hardly desirable for other reasons besides physical health and the hours tend to be very long too) it has been suggested by some researchers like mit, for example that low sun exposure (sunscreen protected) low fat diets high carb diets (especially low nutrient dense carbs)and nutritional deficiencies like vitad3, iron (for women with heavys)and other nutrients like zinc, magnesium, and chromium (gtf factor) contribute heavily to plaque buildup,cholesterol sulfate is so important to our brains hearts liver and muscles and immune function that our bodies will accumulate plaque in order to make private supplies of cholesterol sulfate and even rob other parts of the body to get the cholesterol sulfate like our joints (arthritis anyone?) or stomachs which has high amounts of choelsterol sulfate, and immune cells, (colitis and crohns disease?) so laborious work is only associated with heart disease simply because these same tend to be nutrient defient due to poor income variables and lack of accurate health infor. but I have to save it is a sad thing when one’s economic status determines ones quality of life and health outcomes. shameful that anyone has to live a laborious life with little returns on investment(unless by choice which it seldom is)


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  • Sumanta 3:39 PM on April 5, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: baldness, , Heart, , ,   

    Male baldness can cause heart problems 

    Are you a male with baldness problem? There is an uncomfortable news breaking in for men with baldness on top of head and crown region (i.e. the region just behind the top region) of head. According to a Japanese study researchers found that baldness of  top of head and crown region has link with coronary artery disease (a heart disease that can lead to fatal complications like a heart attack; coronary arteries are arteries found in the wall of heart).

    Probably not much we can do when baldness starts, but instead of going to a beautician on first instance to solve baldness related looks issue we might need to visit a doctor to assure our heart health first. Take care!
    balding head in bus

    Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Reference:  LINK

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