Cardiac Surgery for Heart FailuresHeart is one of the most important organs of the human body. It is mainlyresponsible for supplying the oxygen rich blood to various parts of the body.As such, it may be considered as the organ that gives life to the body.Improper functioning of the heart may result into inadequate oxygen and bloodsupply in the body. This might have adverse effects on the body. Amalfunctioning heart may result into heart failures and may require certaincardiac surgeries to be performed.A heart failure (In Danish insuffisance-cardiaque) does not mean that theheart has stopped working completely rather that the hearts blood pumpingpower has decreased than normal. On heart failure, the blood starts movingfrom the heart at a slower speed and that causes an increase in the pressurein the heart. As such the bodys needs for nutrition and oxygen are not metcompletely. Consequently, to hold more blood inside the heart chamber, thehearts muscles stretch and become stiffer. Often, to describe thiscongestive heart failure is the term commonly used. The various reasonsresulting into such a condition include the blockage of the heart arteries,damage to the hearts muscles, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid andkidney diseases. The various symptoms that may be observed in people sufferingfrom heart failure include sudden fatigue, weakness, congested lungs, fluidretention in kidneys and irregular heart rate.To deal with such patients, often cardiac surgery (In Danish chirurgie-cardiaque) is performed. A cardiac surgery basically is a surgery performedon the heart and is carried on by cardiac surgeons to correct the congenitalheart diseases including heart transplantation. The surgery may vary from theneed of the patient. A heart transplant is often the extreme case wherein anew heart is transplanted into the body of the patient. The techniques ofdoing cardiac surgery have although transformed over time with the advent ofnew technologies and machines to perform the surgery.A proper diagnosis by a specialized doctor is advisable if you suffer from anysuch symptom or disease. This may include various blood tests, x-rays, ECG,stress test and many other tests. To avoid the disease, doctor may prescribeyou to limit salt in your diet, minimize on fats, monitor weight and variousother medications. A proper diagnosis and treatment at the right time is goingto help a long way in having a better life.
Modern Lifestyle contributing to the risk of Heart AttacksHaving and living an optimal healthy lifestyle is the essence of life. Verywell said that health is wealth. If you lose health, you lose everything. Godgifted all of us with health but as a matter of choice we choose diseases dueto our lifestyle. The modern lifestyle which looks so attractive to everybodyhas been playing havoc to health. The changing lifestyle conditions havecontributed to many life taking diseases including heart diseases and heartattacks. The increasing number of people today in the world facing heartproblems is mainly due to the changing modern lifestyles.Heart basically is the organ of the body that is responsible for pumping theblood in the body, sending it to different parts and giving life to them. Itsupplies the oxygen rich blood to different parts of the body. Improperfunctioning of heart means a risk to the life. There may not be optimal flowof blood in the body. The different attributes of modern lifestyle like lessphysical work; inadequate nutrition and mental stress contribute to increasingheart problems. These directly impact the major functions of heart which areheart rate and blood pressure. Blood pressure is the amount of pressure thatis exerted on the walls of the arteries when blood is circulating. Theincreased blood pressure may result into heart attacks as well which are theextreme conditions. Heart rate (In Danish frequence cardiaque) is howeverthe rate at which heart beats in a minute. The more it beats, the more it isworking.It is very important that we maintain an optimal heart rate and bloodpressure. A regular checkup in this regard is advisable. Among various thingsthat may help you avoid the problems with heart rate and heart attacks (InDanish attaque cardiaque), it is mostly recommended to exercise regularlyand take a nutritious diet. This will ensure the right functioning of thisimportant organ. Also, it would be great to quit smoking and minimize onalcohol intake if you have such habits. For patients, it is advised to avoidfatty foods and minimize on salt content in the diet.Definitely, a few changes in the lifestyle are going to take you a long way inhaving a healthy heart and healthy life.
Know your heartThe human heart pumps about 5,000 to 6,000 quarts of blood a day to all bloodvessels of an adult’s body. It is about the size of a fist and weighs around250 to 350 grams. Heart rate, meanwhile, is 72 beats per minute but can varyduring exercise or sleep.The various points of checking for heart rate (In Danish frequence cardiaque)are the wrist, neck, groin, inside the elbow, behind the knee, chest, abdomenand temple. Such a complex organ needs a lot of care which, unfortunately, itdoesn’t always receive, leading to complications which can result in death.Heart failure (In Danish insuffisance cardiaque) is the inability of theheart to pump sufficient blood. Also called congestive heart failure, it is achronic, long term condition affecting either the right or left side of theorgan and sometimes both. The condition causes blood to collect in other areasof the body which in turn causes fluid to build up in the lungs, liver, limbsand gastrointestinal tract.Symptoms of heart failure include fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite,shortness of breath, distension of the stomach, nausea, irregular or rapidheart rate and vomiting. However, it is important to undergo a thorough medicalevaluation to rule out other causes.Some of the causes of heart failure are hypertension, obesity, diabetes,smoking, drug abuse, ischaemic heart disease and valvular heart disease. Mosttreatments include preventive care hoping to minimize the chances of a heartattack and other forms of heart disease. Dietary and lifestyle changes likereducing salt intake, high cholesterol foods, smoking, alcohol, obesity andtreatment of hypertension and diabetes are some of the measures to be taken.Medication, meanwhile, may include ACE inhibitors, diuretics, digitalisglycosides, angiotensin receptor blockers and beta-blockers. Do not, under anycircumstances, however, prescribe yourself any of the above medication unlessordered by your doctor. CONTACT VDM Group N.V. Houten Schoen 24 9100 Sint-Niklaas Belgium