Welcome everyone to this beautiful month of September. My prayer is that the good lord will continue to protect us and may our expectations never be cut short. Happy new month.. This is officially the first post of the month and I want it to be on Health. I am no doctor but I have been privileged to work in a medical equipment distribution company and I have been opportune to seat and talk with a lot of medical professionals.
So let’s talk about the heart.
The heart is a muscular organ in humans and other animals, which pumps blood through the blood vessels of the circulatory system. Blood provides the body with oxygen and nutrients, as well as assists in the removal of metabolic waste. In humans, the heart is located between the lungs, in the middle of compartment of the chest.
What Is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack happens when the flow of oxygen rich blood to a section of the heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked and the heart can’t get oxygen. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly and the section of heart muscle begins to die. (this is according to National health, blood and lung Institute).
A lot of people you hear die suddenly, die of heart attack. This(heart attack), can be preventable to an extent and there are different test carried out regularly to monitor and check the heart, including medication and treatments for those who already have it.
DIFFERENT HEART TEST.
- Angiography – Coronary angiography involves a small tube being inserted into an Artery and threaded through to coronary arteries near your heart. A special dye is injected through the catheter into your blood stream using the dye as a highlight, x-ray pictures of the heart and coronary arteries are taken.
- Blood pressure monitoring – involves wearing a blood pressure unit for up to 24 hours. This unit regularly rakes your blood pressure and measures your heart rate. Most of don’t know that we need to have our very own BP Apparatus at home to constantly check our BP. You don’t have to wait till you go to the hospital for it to be done.
- Blood Tests – This can help to diagnose a condition or to monitor someone who has already been diagnosed with a heart condition. Blood tests can also be taken to monitor the effects of medication as well as the levels of minerals in the blood.
- Electrocardiograph (ECG or EKG ) Test – is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG shows the heart’s electrical activity as line tracings on paper. The spikes and dips in the tracings are called waves. The heart is a muscular pump made up of four chambers . All thanks to technology, individuals can also acquire their own mobile (pocket size) ECG mechine. You can do it in the comfort of your house, office etc and send the test result to your doctor.
- Myocardial perfusion scans.
- Echocardiogram tests.
- Electrophysiological studies.
- Tilt table test – Used if you have episodes of fainting, to find out if these could be related to your heart.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you may be having a heart attack. Are you experiencing heaviness, tightness, pressure, discomfort and pain in any of these areas :Chest, shoulder, jaw, arm, neck and back. You may also be experiencing sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue and dizziness.
If you think you are having a heart attack :
- Stop and rest. Tell someone how you feel. – if your symptoms are severe or they appear to be getting worse, take action by finding someone to rush you to the hospital.
If you take your medication and the symptoms have not been relieved within 15 minutes, then take action by finding someone to rush you to the hospital.
HEART MEDICATION (TREATMENT)
- Angioplasty and Stent – Angioplasty is a treatment that uses Stent to improve blood flow to the heart.
- Coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Bypass surgery is used to get blood to part of your heart muscle when your arteries are blocked.
- Heart Value Surgery – is used to either repair or replace poorly working heart values.
- Peace makers – can be used to treat slow or irregular heartbeats called arrhythmia.
PREVENTING HEART DISEASES
- According to centers for disease control and prevention, physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower Cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Prevent heart disease by making choices and managing any health conditions you may have.
- Eat healthy balanced died, avoid smoking, try to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.
All this equipments both for individuals and personal use can be gotten at Americare medical equipment distributors ltd. You can also contact me if you need to purchase any equipment at all. We need to start taking care of ourselves and our family.. Let’s not take our health for granted so that we don’t regret it..
It’s all about you.. Never forget that.