Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Causes of Hypertension in Children

High blood pressure (hypertension) in children is blood pressure that's the same as or higher than 95 percent of children who are the same sex, age and height as your child. There isn't a simple target blood pressure reading that indicates high blood pressure in all ages for children, because what's considered normal blood pressure changes as children grow.
High blood pressure in children younger than 10 years old is usually caused by another medical condition. High blood pressure in children can also develop for the same reasons it does in adults — including being overweight, eating a poor diet and not exercising.
Lifestyle changes, such as eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising more, can help reduce high blood pressure in children. But, for some children, medications may be necessary.
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Friday, 26 October 2018

What you need to know about CPR?

CPR Basic Guidelines:

Doing CPR right away can double or even triple a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest.
  • Place the heel of your hand on the center of the chest
  • Keeping your arms straight, cover the first hand with the heel of your other hand and interlock the fingers of both hands together. Keep your fingers raised so they do not touch the patient’s chest or rib cage
  • Lean forward so that your shoulders are directly over the patient’s chest and press down on the chest about two inches. Release the pressure, but not your hands, and let the chest come back up. Repeat to give 30 compressions at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.
  • Move to the patient’s head. Tilt his head and lift his chin to open the airway again. Let his mouth fall open slightly.
  • Pinch the nostrils closed with the hand that was on the forehead and support the patient’s chin with your other hand. Take a normal breath, put your mouth over the patient’s, and blow until you can see his chest rise.
  • Remove your mouth from the patient’s and look along the chest, watching the chest fall. Repeat steps five and six once.
  • Place your hands on the chest again and repeat the cycle of 30 chest compressions, followed by two rescue breaths. Continue the cycle.
These are handy CPR steps. Remember to teach these steps to your children too.


Sunday, 14 October 2018

Difference between Cardiac Attack and Heart Attack

Heart Attack: 

It is a plumbing problem. The heart is a muscle and the oxygen-rich blood supply to the heart is supplied by the Coronary Arteries. Heart Attack is the case when there is a blockage in these coronary arteries, and the blood supply to the heart is reduced. These blockages are caused by blood clots too. If these blood clots are not cleared immediately it may cause for the death of muscles in the heart. 

Cardiac Attack:

It is an electric problem. In cardiac arrest, actually, the heart stops beating, whereas in a heart attack the heart continues to beat even if there is blockage with reduced blood supply. 


Symptoms of Cardiac Attack and Heart Attack:

As by mechanism, the symptoms of the cardiac attack and heart attack also varies.

Symptoms of Heart Attack: 

  • Chest Pain
  • Spreading of Chest pain to arms, jaw, neck, back, and abdomen. 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Anxiety 
  • Lightheadedness ro dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Palpitations

Symptoms of Cardiac Attack:

  • Sudden loss of consciousness or responsiveness
  • No breathing 
  • No pulse (The lack of pulse is caused by the heart actually stopping during a cardiac arrest)
  • Coughing
  • Sweating
The warning signs of Cardiac Attack are: 
  • Chest Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness 
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Nausea




Friday, 5 October 2018

Honey - Herbal cure for Heart health

A single tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories which are free from fats, cholesterol, and sodium. This golden liquid plays an important role in your heart health and treats stress and anxiety. Rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties, it also improves skin health and heals small wounds inside the gastrointestinal tract ensuring a healthier stomach.

10 reasons to add honey to daily diet:

* A glass of warm water with a tablespoon of honey every morning helps your heart grow stronger. It prevents the arteries from narrowing thereby, reducing the risk of a stroke.

* Regular intake of honey promotes the release of hormones that suppress appetite in the body. Hence, it may also contribute to weight loss.

* When taken before bedtime, honey catalyzes the release of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin in the body. Hence, it helps you to have a sound and stress-free sleep every night.

* Honey also helps to keep a check on the rising cholesterol levels in your body.

* The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends honey as a natural cough remedy. So if you are looking for a replacement to the cough syrups that cause dizziness, invest in the herbal ones that contain honey.

* Honey has been used as an antiseptic since ages. A spoonful of honey every morning heals the internal wounds and destroy germs assuring a healthy digestive tract. It also prevents diseases like Celiac Disease, Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) among others.

* The glucose content in honey helps you to get rid of fatigue and keep your energy level up all day long.

* Honey, which is rich in anti-inflammatory properties protects your body against inflammation and allergies.

* Honey also acts as a stress reliever. It is rich in calcium which ensures smooth functioning of the brain and nervous system.

* The anti-bacterial property in honey helps you to get a glowing skin.


Saturday, 29 September 2018

Effect of cellphone Radiation on Heart Health

MP technology still relies on pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic (EM) fields. Therefore, the health risks, associated with EM fields, remain. Studies that investigated these health risks have reported dizziness, numbness in the thigh, and heaviness in the chest. This study investigates neurological effects that are caused by EM fields radiated from MPs. The heart rate variability (HRV) can be used as a measure for these neurological effects because the automated nervous system modulates the HRV.

A study revealed that cellphones cause heart disease and kidney failure. 

According to switched.com, European Research Institute for Electronic Components in Bucharest found that cell phones may lead to heart disease, kidney stones, etc., 

The study found that cell phones emit radiation which causes red blood cells to leak out hemoglobin, this hemoglobin accumulates in the body which becomes the cause for heart disease or kidney stones. Another group of researchers at Lund University found that exposure to cell phone radiation could cause proteins and toxic substances to leak into the brain, which leads to stroke, Multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's. 

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Saturday, 22 September 2018

Consumption of dairy products may prevent cerebrovascular diseases

Owing to its relatively high levels of saturated fat, consumption of dairy products has long been thought to increase the risk of death, particularly from coronary heart disease (CHD), cerebrovascular disease and cancer. Consuming dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt may be beneficial as they protect against mortality from cerebrovascular causes, suggests a study, emphasizing the need to reconsider previous guidelines that advise a limit on dairy products' intake. Yet the evidence for any such link is inconsistent. The study showed that the consumption of all dairy products was associated with a 4% lower risk for cerebrovascular mortality.

Consumption of milk: 7% lower the risk.

Consumption of cheese: 8% lower the risk than the total mortality.

Consumption of Yogurt: 3% lower the risk.

Thus, the current guidelines limiting the consumption of dairy products, especially cheese and yogurt, should be relaxed, instead drinking of non-fat or low-fat milk should be recommended, especially for those who consume large quantities of milk.


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Broken Heart Syndrome

Broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition that's often brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of a loved one. The condition can also be triggered by a serious physical illness or surgery. People with broken heart syndrome may have sudden chest pain or think they're having a heart attack.
In broken heart syndrome, there's a temporary disruption of your heart's normal pumping function in one area of the heart. The remainder of the heart functions normally or with even more forceful contractions. Broken heart syndrome may be caused by the heart's reaction to a surge of stress hormones.

The condition may also be called takotsubo cardiomyopathy, apical ballooning syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy by doctors. The symptoms of broken heart syndrome are treatable, and the condition usually reverses itself in days or weeks.

Symptoms


Broken heart syndrome symptoms can mimic a heart attack. Common symptoms include:
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
Any long-lasting or persistent chest pain could be a sign of a heart attack.



Thursday, 6 September 2018

8 warning signs of Hypertension

1. Headaches – Fluctuation in high blood pressure can cause headaches

2. Dizziness – The lowering or heightening of blood pressure causes the heart to work harder, causing people to feel dizzy or light-headed

3. Blurred vision – The optical nerve, located behind the eye, can be affected by hypertension

4. Nausea and vomiting – It is not uncommon for the digestive system to be disturbed due to high blood pressure

5. Chest pain – The heart will pump faster and harder than usual

6. Shortness of breath – Disturbances in circulation can cause shortness of breath

7. Nosebleeds – Small blood vessels can swell up in the nose and burst

8. Flushing of the face, sweat, and nerves – High blood pressure can cause panic attacks


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Monday, 3 September 2018

Benefits of Beetroot juice in controlling Hypertension

Patients could also lower their risk of hypertension symptoms by drinking beetroot juice, according to a British Heart Foundation study.

The nitrates in beetroot may be the key to reducing blood pressure, scientists claimed.

Roasting or juicing beetroot could also harbor anti-hypertensive benefits, as the root vegetable is water soluble, and boiling them will lower the number of benefits.

Eating a diet rich in nitrates, from natural sources like beets and leafy green vegetables, is good advice.

Experts say it’s the high concentration of nitrates in beets that are responsible for the benefits.

In a lengthy biological process, nitrates from dietary sources like beets and leafy green vegetables are converted to nitric oxide within the body. The nitric oxide then relaxes blood vessels and dilates them, which helps the blood flow more easily and lowers blood pressure.


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Saturday, 1 September 2018

Heart health and Dementia

A recent study suggested that having a healthy heart lowers the risk of Dementia. Taking action to lower the risk of heart attacks also lowers the risk of developing Dementia. The study suggests that when it comes to achieving a “lifetime of robust brain health free of dementia, it is never too early or too late to strive for attainment of ideal cardiovascular health. 

Although dementia is a major public health concern, its incidence rate has actually been declining in both the United States and other developed countries in recent decades.

Many factors have been cited as possible reasons for the decline, including better education, increased wealth and greater use of anti-inflammatory drugs. But also on that list is improved control of risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (ones involving the heart and blood vessels).

“The recent decline in dementia incidence was preceded by a halving of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease incidence over the past 60 years,”

The seven evidence-based metrics are the following:
  • not smoking
  • having a body mass index (BMI) under 25
  • getting regular exercise
  • having blood pressure under 120/80 mm Hg
  • keeping total cholesterol under 200 mg/dL
  • keeping blood glucose (sugar) under 100 mg/dL
  • eating fish twice a week and fruits and vegetables at least three times a day.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Difference between heart attack and broken heart syndrome

Broken heart syndrome, also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, can strike even if you’re healthy. (Tako tsubo, by the way, are octopus traps that resemble the pot-like shape of the stricken heart.)

Heart attack and broken heart syndrome: What’s the difference?


Some signs and symptoms of broken heart syndrome differ from those of heart attack. In broken heart syndrome, symptoms occur suddenly after extreme emotional or physical stress. Here are some other differences:
  • EKG (a test that records the heart’s electric activity) results don’t look the same as the EKG results for a person having a heart attack.
  • Blood tests show no signs of heart damage.
  • Tests show no signs of blockages in the coronary arteries.
  • Tests show ballooning and unusual movement of the lower left heart chamber (left ventricle).
  • Recovery time is quick, usually within days or weeks (compared with the recovery time of a month or more for a heart attack).

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Some different ways to handle stress

Stress isn't just a minor annoyance; it's actually a pretty major health hazard. Chronic stress can contribute to issues such as headaches, sleep disturbances, high blood pressure, and weakened immunity. It can also lead to serious health conditions such as depression, obesity, and heart disease.

Some habits listed below help them to be stress-free.

  • Calm morning: A smoother morning equals less stress all the day.
  • Clean workplace: A clear workplace = A clear mind.
  • Breathing: A deep breath is a scientifically proven method of recentering the mind and bringing it to focus faster.
  • Diverting: When too much stressed just move away from the place, take a walk, have a cup of coffee, talk to someone and divert the mind.
  • Move out: When there is too much stress in work environment. Moving out and having a 10 minutes fresh air walk freshens the mind.
  • Posture: The way you sit also can help you in a positive way to ease your mind. When you put your head and spine up it is informing a way that everything is under control.
  • No chocolates: Sounds strange but important fact to know. Intake of sugar when the mind is stressed increases anxiety and stress than reducing it.
  • Thoughts: Being positive and always confessing positive thoughts can improve the situation from worse to better.
  • Funny video: Laughing out loud is at times the best medicine to stressed mind. Thus, watch some funny videos and laugh out well.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol-lowering Drugs Continue to Improve Survival After a Decade

Patients in their mid-60s with high blood pressure were less likely to die from heart disease or stroke by age 75-80 if they had taken both calcium channel blocker-based blood pressure lowering treatment and a statin. Patients with high blood pressure and three or more additional risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Patients who took a newer blood pressure lowering treatment (based on a calcium channel blocker) for 5.5 years were 29 percent less likely to have died from a stroke 10 years later than those taking an older regimen (based on a beta-blocker). There was a non-significant trend towards 10 percent fewer cardiovascular deaths with the newer therapy. We have previously shown that statins confer long-term survival benefits after trials have stopped, but this is the first time it has been found with a blood pressure treatment, says the researcher.

The findings provide further support for the use of an effective blood pressure lowering therapy plus a statin in most patients with high blood pressure. 

  • A main objective of the initial ASCOT trial was to find out whether a new treatment strategy for high blood pressure was more effective in preventing heart attacks than an old strategy. Patients with high blood pressure were randomly allocated to:
    • The new treatment of amlodipine (a calcium channel blocker) plus perindopril (an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor) if needed to achieve the target blood pressure; or
    • The old therapy of atenolol (a beta-blocker) plus bendroflumethiazide (a diuretic) and potassium if needed.

The medicines were taken for a median of 5.5 years when the trial was stopped because the newer treatment prevented more strokes and deaths.
  • A second aim of the trial was to discover if a statin would provide added protection against coronary heart disease in patients with high blood pressure and cholesterol levels below 6.5 mmol/L. Patients with a blood cholesterol level of 6.5 mmol/l or less were randomly allocated to atorvastatin or placebo for 3.3 years when the trial was prematurely stopped because atorvastatin prevented more heart attacks and strokes.
  • A third aim of the trial was to evaluate the effectiveness of the newer versus older blood pressure lowering treatment in patients with high blood pressure and high cholesterol (above 6.5 mmol/l).