Category: Heart Rhythms
Are you in a high strain job? Defined as a demanding job, with time pressures and little opportunity for decision making or person growth.
Do you consider your job to have active job strain? This means high-demand work with with a high sense of control.
MD consult reports that job-stress women are faced with increased cardiovascular risk.
A-Fib is a type of irregular heartbeat that causes the heart to quiver instead of completing a full compression and release. When this occurs, blood isn't fully expelled from the upper chambers of the heart and it can pool. Sometimes these blood pools can clot within the heart and can cause stroke. More than 70 percent of A-Fib patients who suffer stroke die.
Effort Encourages Use of 9-1-1
“Make the Right Call” campaign will also recognize EMS workers
It can mean the difference between life and death. Calling 9-1-1 for medical emergencies may seem clear if it’s a catastrophic event. But, when it’s less clear, like when the less obvious symptoms of a stroke or heart attack occur, many people aren’t sure if they should call 9-1-1. However, the decision to make that call at the onset of symptoms can have a dramatic effect on a person’s recovery or survival.
Atrial fibrillation (AF):
- is a major risk factor for stroke
- makes a person five times more likely to have a stroke
- 15 percent of all people who have strokes have AF, too.
- Three out of four AF-related strokes can be prevented
- Most Americans over the age of 40 are at risk for having AF.
- Take preventive steps by self-testing for an irregular heartbeat
Common AF symptoms:
I recently learned about a program whose purpose is to improve awareness, understanding and management of an electrical heart condition called Atrial Fibrillation.
AF Stat™: A Call to Action for Atrial Fibrillation, is a collaboration of healthcare leaders and organizations working to improve the health and well-being of people affected by atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Ask Kelly Question:
I am a healthy 45 year old with good cholesterol etc. However, both my parents died of heart disease in their 50's and 60's. I have had SVT's in the past but have found them hard to record. Just recently I did a heart calcium scoring(which was 0) and a cardiac monitor. This was because I can feel my heart doing something at times but thought maybe it was my SVT's. Now however, I am beginning to narrow down that when I feel the big flutter in my chest it is an actual heart beat I skip. Is this serious and is there a different test I should ask for? It is very uncomfortable when it happens.
Get an up-close look at the human heart like you’ve never seen before when Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry debuts its newest permanent exhibit: YOU! The Experience, opening Oct. 8. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a 13-foot high and eight-foot wide interactive structure that uses cutting-edge technology to virtually and physically re-create the human heart (see photo below).
The C.A.R.E. Foundation: http://tinyurl.com/npan95
The C.A.R.E. Mission: To formulate, promote and lead initiatives to prevent sudden cardiac death due to acquired and heritable heart rhythm disorders by:
- Advocating increased support for comprehensive scientific research and clinical trials.
- Educating patients, the public and healthcare professionals to increase awareness.
- Advancing strategies to identify, protect and support at-risk individuals and their families.
As defined by the National Heart, Lund and Blood Institute:
Atrial fibrillation (A-tre-al fi-bri-LA-shun), or AF, is the most common arrhythmia (ah-RITH-me-ah). An arrhythmia is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. A disorder in the heart’s electrical system causes AF and other types of arrhythmia.
Have you ever wondered how the heart's electrical system worked? Watch this great animation of the heart's electrical system from the American Heart Association:
Watch an animation of the normal heart's electrical system
I had Atrial Fibrillation about 3 years ago. I was put on coumadin for 1 week and was back to normal. I have been taking Metoprolol Tartrate 50 mg, 2 times a day and I also take blood pressure medications. I had a problem with my heart beat a couple of days ago: was all over the place and it lasted about 3 hrs. Settled down after I took my medication. I am 70 years old. My cardiologist has scheduled me to wear an event recorder for 30 days. Should I be concerned and can this become serious?