Your 3-year-old's doctor discovers a heart murmur during a visit for a mild cold with fever and recommends referral to a pediatric cardiologist. You worry and wonder how your healthy, active child could possibly have a heart problem. "Finding out that your child has a heart murmur causes a great deal of anxiety, " said Dr. Louis Bezold, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of pediatric cardiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and co-director of the Kentucky Children's Heart Center. "It is a common misconception that all murmurs are serious, but this is not the case. Murmurs are actually extremely common findings in infants and children.
NERI Research Findings Show That Erectile Dysfunction May Be Early Warning Of Future Cardiovascular Disease
In the first study of its kind, New England Research Institutes, Inc. (NERI) in collaboration with the Division of Cardiology, San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco tested whether erectile dysfunction (ED) can be used to reclassify patients according to their future risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) beyond traditional risk factors (such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc). Results of the 12-year research study are published in the January 26, 2010 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and show that ED may be a warning sign of a future cardiovascular event like heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and congestive heart failure.
Using natural ways to lower cholesterol is always the best route to go, but finding effective methods is increasingly hard to do with so much conflicting information around. Here is a simple guide to help you. Trying to eat more healthily is a good start, though it is worth bearing in mind that only about 20% of your body's cholesterol comes from what you eat. Avoiding saturated fats like those from dairy, pastries, fried food, fatty red meat and snacks like potato chips will help. At the same time increasing your consumption of fruit and vegetables, nuts, fatty fish like salmon and tuna and also oatmeal will have a positive effect. If you can find the time to exercise for around thirty minutes at least four times a week, it will help to lower your bad LDL levels and raise your good HDL cholesterol.
Have you been told by your doctor that you have high cholesterol? Are you still wondering what must have caused it? Here are the 7 common causes of high cholesterol which you must know before you can take the right steps to lower and reverse it. The food you eat on a daily basis can cause high cholesterol. It has been proven that eating too much saturated fat especially those from beef, milk, butter, cheese, pork can increase your cholesterol level over time. If any of your family members have high cholesterol, do not be surprise if your doctor tells you that your cholesterol level is high. As they say, it runs in the family. Ensure you go for your regular medical checkups.
Each year at least 5 million people in the United States visit emergency rooms due to chest pain. Chest pain may be due to partial blockage of blood circulation or complete obstruction of blood supply to the heart muscle resulting in extensive heart muscle damage. High cholesterol is one of the most important predictive risk factors of coronary artery disease. It leads to plaque formation in heart blood vessels that blocks circulation. This is known as a heart attack. The main cause for a heart attack is plaque rupture with clot formation, restricting the blood flow to the heart. Some of the known factors leading to plaque rupture include thin fibrous cap, large lipid-rich core, and inflammatory cells.
A new study from Columbia University Medical Center researchers, has found that the heart's ability to pump effectively is diminished among people with a common lung disease, even in people with no or mild symptoms. Published in the Jan. 21, 2010 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the research is the first to show a strong link between heart function and mild COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and it is strongly associated with smoking. COPD often involves loss of lung tissue, called emphysema, as well as narrowed airways, persistent cough, and mucus production, known as chronic obstructive bronchitis.