HAVE A GOOD HEALTH Healthy Habits: January 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011



There are many different types of heart disease and they each have their own symtoms and diagnosis that shows what each type is capable of. This guide will go over the many types of heart disease and show you what you need to do in order to avoid the problem and correct it if you already have it. The following list of heart diseases are all curable so be sure to do whatever it takes in order for you to get better. The body is one of the most important things we know of and you only get one chance to keep it alive.
Valvular heart disease
Valvular heart disease is a condition in which the valves of the heart no longer open and close like they’re supposed to which can either restrict blood flow to the rest of the body or cause excess blood to spill into the wrong parts of the heart. If you’ve had any of the following illnesses then you may be likely to get heart valvular disease: Chomosome 18 Trisomy Syndrome, Holt-Oram Syndrome, Pancreatic Cancer, transposition of great arteries, Takayasu’s arteritis, Scheie Disease, Multiple Letigines Syndrome, Chromosome 13 Trisomy Syndrome, Congenital Rubella, DiGeorge’s Sydrome, Pneumothorax, or Endocarditis.

Infective Endocarditis
Infective Endocarditis is a condition when bacteria attaches onto a heart valve. Since there’s not blood that directly comes in contact with these valves themselves, white blood cells (the body’s warriors) can’t get to the valves to fight off the infection. Another problem with this is that antibiotics have to travel through the blood as well so it’s really hard to fight off the infection on both fronts of the war. If you’ve had rheumatic fever then the chances of getting a bacteria infection on your heart valves are even higher because the tissue itself is damaged.

Congenital heart disease
Congenital heart disease (also known as congenital heart defect and congenital heart disorder) is a condition in which the structure of a newborn baby’s heart isn’t constructed like it should be. Because of this, there is a wide variety of problems that can arise including blood not getting through to the heart or blood getting to the heart but not in a normal pattern (irregular pulse). Among all of the different types of birth defects, heart-related illnesses are the most common and are also what causes the most amount of deaths in newborns due to birth defects.

Coronary heart disease
Coronary heart disease is a condition in which the small blood vessels in the heart that are responsible for transporting blood and oxygen to the heart become even more narrow than they already were. This can cause irregularities in the amount of blood and oxygen that gets to the heart which can potentially cause heart failure.

Atrial myxoma
An atrial myxoma is a condition in which the wall of the heart that separates in into two parts, known as the atrial septum, grows a non-cancerous tumor. It doesn’t matter which side of the heart the atrial myxoma is on, although nearly seventy-five percent are on the left side. It hasn’t been proven but it seems that atrial myxomas on the right side of the heart increases the risk of the tricuspid valve in the heart of becoming more narrow at its opening and it can also trigger irregular heart beats known as atrial fibrillation.

HOCM, also known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is a disorder in which the muscle of the heart, known as the myocardium, gets thicker for some unknown cause. If you’ve ever seen a young athlete who is in great shape all of a sudden have a heart attack, HOCM is the culprit. HOCM is also known for causing surprise heart attacks in any age group and likes to eliminate the body’s mechanism for showing symptoms of this disorder.

Long QT Syndrome
Long QT Syndrome is a disorder in which a congenital heart condition at birth hides and remains dormant until later on in life, at which time the syndrome springs up out of no where and causes sudden fainting, ventricular fibrillation, and even sudden death. Long QT Sydrome can sometimes be triggered by exercise or some sort of excitement that involves the heart, including sex.

Supraventricular tachycardia
Supraventricular tachycardia is a condition in which the heart beats at a very fast rate and the heart beat seems to be coming from the atria or the AV node. A doctor will be able to distinguish the sound he hears from the possibly more dangerous form of ventricular tachycardias, in which the heart beat seems to come from ventricles in the heart, which are below the atria or AV node.

Atrial flutter
Atrial flutter is the condition of experiencing random irregularities in heart rhythm and can be detected by an excited pulse or a weird heart beat. Often, people who experience atrial flutter have or have also had some sort of heart disease including hypertension, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathy, although it is entirely possible for someone who has not experienced any form of heart disease to hear an atrial flutter. Usually, the atrial flutter will go away but there have been cases where it sticks around for months or even years.

Constrictive pericarditis
Constrictive pericarditis is a condition in which the pericardium of the heart become inflamed which is usually a result of either an infection, heart attack, or heart surgery. About half of all cases of this illness are attributed to infections and more often than not, tuberculosis.


What is arthritis? What causes arthritis?

Arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation. A joint is an area of the body where two different bones meet. A joint functions to move the body parts connected by its bones. Arthritis literally means inflammation of one or more joints.
Arthritis is frequently accompanied by joint. Joint pain is referred to as arthralgia.
There are many types of arthritis (over 100 identified, and the number is growing). The types range from those related to wear and tear of cartilage (such as osteoarthritis) to those associated with inflammation resulting from an overactive immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis). Together, the many types of arthritis make up the most common chronic illness in the United States.
The causes of arthritis depend on the form of arthritis. Causes include injury (leading to osteoarthritis), metabolic abnormalities (such as gout and pseudo gout), hereditary factors, the direct and indirect effect of infections (bacterial and viral), and a misdirected immune system with autoimmunity (such as in rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus).
Arthritis is classified as one of the rheumatic diseases. These are conditions that are different individual illnesses, with differing features, treatments, complications, and prognoses. They are similar in that they have a tendency to affect the joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons, and many have the potential to affect other internal body areas.

What are arthritis symptoms and signs?

Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited function of joints. Inflammation of the joints from arthritis is characterized by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present.
Many of the forms of arthritis, because they are rheumatic diseases, can cause symptoms affecting various organs of the body that do not directly involve the joints. Therefore, symptoms in some patients with certain forms of arthritis can also include fever, gland swelling (swollen lymph nodes), weight loss, fatigue, feeling unwell, and even symptoms from abnormalities of organs such as the lungs, heart, or kidneys.

What is the treatment for arthritis?

The treatment of arthritis is very dependent on the precise type of arthritis present. An accurate diagnosis increases the chances for successful treatment. Treatments available include physical therapy, splinting, cold-pack application, paraffin wax dips, anti-inflammatory medications, immune-altering medications, and surgical operations.