Posts Tagged ‘heart’

The chest pain: General

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

chest pain

The chest pain is one of the most frightening symptoms that you may have. It is sometimes difficult even for a doctor or other medical personnel to determine the cause of the pain and if it endangers the life of the patient.

Any part of the chest can cause pain, whether of the heart, lungs, esophagus, muscles, skin and bones.

Due to the complexity of the nervous system, it is possible that the chest pain is caused by another part of the body. The stomach or other organs in the abdomen, for example, can cause chest pain. (more…)

10 tips to improve your cardiovascular health

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Heart disease is more common among adults. Angina and myocardial infarction are the leading cause of death and disability in developed countries.

Epidemiological and basic research have shown that heart diseases of ischemic origin have a multi factorial origin. The known risk factors such as smoking, sedentary lifestyle, stress, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, hypertension and overweight among other factors greatly increase the risk of angina or myocardial infarction. To avoid them, it is important to take preventive measures against them. If you follow the tips suggested below, you will have better quality of life and will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. (more…)

How can women have a healthy heart?

Friday, June 29th, 2012

There are some risk factors for heart disease that women can not change, such as menopause and family history, but many lifestyle choices can help reduce your risk of getting heart disease.

Do not smoke . Women who smoke are at higher risk of heart attack than women of similar age who do not smoke. The risks are even higher among smokers older than 35 who take hormonal contraceptives like “the pill”. Women who quit smoking reduce their risk of suffering from heart disease.
Make physical activity. The heart is a muscle that needs regular exercise to stay healthy. The Guidelines for physical activity recommend that adults do at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of physical activity per week. Walking, climbing stairs, dancing and stretching are all activities that you can add to your daily routine and that can help keep your heart healthy. (more…)

Heart Block

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

What is heart block?

A heart block is also called the atrioventricular or AV block. Heart block occurs when there is a delay or interruption in the flow of electrical signals in the heart. The signal flow electrics controls how the heart pumps blood. Usually the signals come from the atrium (upper heart chamber) then go to the ventricle (lower heart chamber). The electrical signal spreads to the ventricles causing the heart muscle to pump blood. (more…)

Cholesterol, plant sterols allies of the heart

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The presence of blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart health and our arteries. It is, in particular, the “bad” cholesterol – namely LDL or low density – which tends to aggregate along the walls of blood vessels, promoting the formation of “plaques”, which impair these walls and create obstructions to the normal movement of the blood. If the problem is not properly monitored, can lead to very negative consequences on the cardiovascular system.  (more…)