The critical role that nutrition plays in staying healthy, including recovering from surgery, is well known. Vitamin C, for example, may be an important nutrient to speed up wound healing. But while medical specialties such as oncology, gastroenterology and pediatrics routinely include identifying and remedying nutritional deficiencies as part of their treatment plans, this has not always necessarily been the case with cardiac surgery.
I will always advocate for the importance of getting routine medical check-ups and examinations from competent medical professionals. But I also believe we should do our part when we can to test ourselves at home. For example, while many of us may have our blood pressure checked at the doctor’s office, we can still practice at-home blood pressure monitoring.
I was extremely sad to hear about the recent passing of actress Conchata Ferrell. The star of the popular sitcom Two and a Half Men reportedly died due to complications from a cardiac arrest “...after several months in poor health, beginning when she contracted a kidney infection in December. She fell ill again in May and spent several weeks in intensive care, later being transferred to a long-term care facility after suffering a heart attack.”
After surviving a heart attack, one of the last things on a person’s mind is probably sex! But according to a recent study conducted in Israel and published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, sex may be a key component to include in your heart attack survival guide.
There really is something to be said about “a buddy system,” even if one person in the system doesn’t necessarily need to lose weight. For example, recent research has provided evidence suggesting that heart attack survivors are more successful at losing weight if their partners participate by adopting healthier habits and changing their diet.
Like many people, you may not know much about cholesterol other than you don’t want to have high cholesterol. But there is so much more to know about cholesterol.
I was really sad to hear about the recent passing of country music legend Charlie Daniels. He had a career that spanned decades, won several awards and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. You might know him most for his 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Daniels died of a hemorrhagic stroke at 83-years-old.
Also known as Barlow’s syndrome and floppy valve syndrome, MVP, as the name suggests, involves a prolapse (a bulging or falling out) of the mitral valve. If you look at diagram of heart in this blog, you can see that the heart contains four valves. The purpose of the mitral valve is to help move blood from the left atrium to the left ventricle. Essentially, heart valves prevent the backward flow of blood.
There is no shortage of pH Labs blogs discussing heart disease, but I think it’s worth adding yet another one to the board considering heart disease is still the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States.
John Thoms, a high school freshman, went to the doctor for a routine physical. Instead of receiving a clean bill of health, the young man was told that he had suffered a heart attack!
It is always important to be curious and informed because it enables us to be more proactive and take ownership of our health. When it comes to heart disease, we tend to focus on prevention. And yes, prevention is important but what about those who have been diagnosed with heart disease or had a servious heart issue like a stroke?
Antibiotics are great and have saved many lives. But they should only be taken if absolutely necessary. And the bad news is that they are sometimes prescribed unnecessarily.
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