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  • Sumanta 8:33 PM on October 8, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: , , heartattack, 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, , , heartattack   

    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 7:13 AM on August 23, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: acidity, chestpain, , heartattack   

    Chest pain 

    imageWho is not afraid of a heart attack? Probably everyone fears a heart attack. Heart attack commonly presents with chest pain. However, not every chest pain is a heart attack.

    Chest pain can be due to various causes. Some of the common causes are as below –

    Acidity due to reflux of stomach acids can cause a severe chest pain mimicking a heart attack.

    An injury to the chest can also cause chest pain. Similarly a sprain in chest wall muscles can also cause a chest pain. Generally, in this type of pains pressing or gentle tapping of the painful area causes the pain. This is a common tool used by health care professionals to differentiate muscular chest pain from cardiac (ie heart related ) chest pain.

    Next, in the list is chest pain due to lung infections. For example,  pneumonia.

    Finally, is emotional stress. A bad news can present with pain in chest. But that is not the entire story. Even in the above scenarios a real heart attack pain may coexist.

    So, it’s wise not to take chest pain symptoms lightly, and get evaluated by a health care professional.

    To make a diagnosis of heart attack your doctor will probably require few investigations like EKG (ecg ), various cardiac enzyme levels etc.

    One interesting thing which is worth mentioning is that a heart attack can occur even with out a chest pain. Such happens sometimes in those suffering from diabetes.

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