Category: Heart Failure
Great presentation this morning by Dr. Donnevan Blake of Cardiology Associates of Bellin Health. The topic was on a recently added therapy for heart failure patients or fluid overloaded patients called aquaphoresis. Normally these patients are treated with increasing doses of diuretics to help them urinate off more fluid, but that doesn't always work, doesn't work enough, or the person is so used to diuretics (also known as water pills) that they no longer respond as they should.
The UnitedHealth Foundation, the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Partnership for Prevention have put out the 20th annual report of "America's Health Rankings." Vermont is the healthiest state overall and Mississippi in the unhealthiest. Guess where WI is.......
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.
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.
Sleep occupies a third of our lives according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, Sleep-A New Cardiovascular Frontier.
Can you believe that? Do you think that is too much time for sleep? Well, our bodies need sleep to rejuvinate so we can live our lives to the fullest when we are awake. So when we have disturbed sleep or sleep apnea, this can have ill effects on the cardiovascular system.
Question by Heart Blog viewer:
My father is 80 years old and suffers from advancing stages of congestive heart failure. He has recently worn a 48 hour heart monitor and underwent a chemical stress test to help determine his course of treatment. He had six bypasses a decade ago and has been on Warforin for 2 years. He's been told the the top of heart is functioning at an acceptable level but the bottom of his heart is not working efficiently and is currently operating at 20%.
We're wondering if there is a treatment option or medication that will strengthen the lower heart muscle?
No matter if this was the first episode of heart failure, or one of many, you need to know how to keep yourself out of trouble. Maybe you were not told that you have “heart failure,” but you may have just had a heart attack. You are at risk for having the symptoms of heart failure and that can result in hospitalization. Let’s avoid that!