Insecticides tied to heart disease deaths

According to the new study researchers from the University of lowa college of public health found that people who have been exposed to pyrethroid insecticides are three times more likely to die from Cardiovascular disease. High levels of insecticides may increase Heart Diseases. Pyrethroid insecticides make up the greatest share of commercial household insecticides, the researchers noted. They are in many brands of insecticides, and used in agricultural, public spaces and homes for pest control. According to the survey, researchers found levels of pyrethroids in urine samples of more than 2000 adults aged 20 and older who took part in...

Daily Aspirin therapy prevents cardiovascular diseases

According to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, aspirin may benefit many patients without existing cardiovascular disease. Aspirin reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease but increases the risk for bleeding. According to a survey, researchers from the University of Auckland found that 43.6 percent of women age from 30 to 79 years without established CVD to identify persons for whom aspirin would probably result in a net benefit. Aspirin was calculated for each participant by decreasing the number of CVD events. Researchers found that 2.5 percent of women and 12.1 percent of men without established CVD were likely...

Holter Monitor or Ambulatory Electrocardiography Device

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A Holter monitor is a portable device capable of recording electrical activity related to the heart (as in the case of an ECG), and the brain (Electroencephalography) for a duration ranging from 24 hours to an extended period of 11 days (as seen in modern versions). The continuous monitoring of heart activity enables the concerned physician to study heart beat irregularities such as palpitations, arrhythmia etc thereby providing ample information to suggest the proper remedy or diagnosis to respective patients. Named after Dr. Norman J.Holter, the Holter Monitor consists of  A tape recorder:  responsible for monitoring heart activity and recording...

Primary Pulmonary Hypertension: Symptoms, Causes, Diganosis and Treatment

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Primary pulmonary hypertension is the condition in which the pressure in pulmonary arteries becomes abnormally elevated. It is a type of pulmonary hypertension. This condition is nowadays referred to as Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension(PAH).The pulmonary artery carries the blood from the right ventricle to the lungs to get oxygenated. After oxygenation, the blood flows to the heart and is then pumped to the rest of the body via the aorta. However, for no apparent reason, at times the pulmonary artery pressure elevates far above normal levels. Symptoms The symptoms may initially appear to be of minor concern and tend to worsen...

Yoga And Heart Diseases

Yoga And Heart Diseases

Heart is like any other muscle in our body, which works perpetually. Therefore, it needs to be used and then rested. Recent studies have shown that diseases of the heart are preventable and reversible. To a certain extent medication and surgery do not have any lasting cure to diseases of the heart. Many clinical trials have authenticated that practicing yoga may have a significant impact on certain risk factors associated with CVD. It has been observed that yoga can reduce weight gain associated with age, lowering total cholesterol. The results of several trials suggest that yogic practices can also significantly...

Aortic Dissection: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

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Aortic dissection is actually a tear in the aortic wall which leads to blood flow between the layers of the aortic wall and it draws the layers of the aorta apart. Aortic dissection is an emergency condition which can result in death that too very quickly, even after the best possible treatment. If the dissection ruptures the aorta completely then it leads to immense and rapid blood loss. The mortality of this condition is very high, and in some case the patients pass away before they reach the infirmary. Symptoms  The symptoms of aortic  dissection usually occurs abruptly, with severe...

What Is Myocarditis?

Myocarditis is a condition that affects the myocardium or the heart muscle, wherein the patient experiences an inflammation of the heart muscle. This manifests itself in the form of a heart attack or myocardial infarction. It resembles a typical heart attack but in fact the coronary arteries are not blocked. Myocarditis affects a person in a variety of ways ranging from mild conditions to even potentially lethal ones. Myocarditis is caused by pathogens which infiltrate into the myocardium. Pathogens commonly include virus such as Parovirus B19 or non viral pathogens like Borrelia Burgdorferi(Lyme Disease) or Trypanosoma Cruzi. It may also...

What Is Aortic Stenosis?

Aortic stenosis is a valvular heart disease caused by incomplete opening of the aortic valve. This obstruction of the outflow from the left ventricle can occur as a defect of the aortic valve itself, or be caused by an obstruction above or below the valve. This obstruction thus increases the left ventricular pressure and leads to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. When valvular aortic stenosis occurs in childhood it is most often congenital, as is most aortic stenosis that occurs above and below the aortic valve. When aortic stenosis occurs in old age it is usually caused by hardening of the valves. The...

Sinus Node Dysfunction

Sinus Node Dysfunction refers to the condition in which a patient experiences an abnormality in the heartbeat or experiences arrhythmias (irregular heart beats) due to a malfunction of the Sino Atrial Node or the Sinus Node. The Sinus node is where the electrical pulse, which initiates the pumping action of the heart, originates. The earliest known version of the condition was known as “Sick Sinus Syndrome” and today it refers to the abnormalities arising in the formation of the pulse in the sinus node and it’s propagation. Namely conditions like sinus bradycardia, sinus pause, chronotropic incompetence and sinoatrial exit block....

Medical Treatment For Atrial Fibrillation

Medical treatment for Atrial Fibrillation is varied and the deciding factors include the severity of the symptoms, their frequency of occurrence, history of heart disease of the patient etc. The available treatments include medicines, lifestyle changes and certain medical procedures. Medical treatment for Atrial Fibrillation is primarily concerned with the following objectives: Prevention of clot formation and thus countering the risk of stroke. Restoring proper heart rhythm through Rhythm control. Controlling the rate of ventricular contraction by the process of rate control.  The treatment for Atrial Fibrillation varies depending on the severity of the condition i.e. for instance patients who...