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Unexpected Signs of an Unhealthy Heart
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America, responsible for one out of every three deaths that occur. Preventing heart disease has been at the forefront of researchers’ agendas for years, and prominent investigations have revealed ties to physical activity, diet, and (unfortunately) genetics.
The risk of heart disease and other heart problems can be minimized by making lifestyle changes. Your diet, for instance, has an incredible effect on the health of your heart. Physical activity can keep your heart muscles in tip-top shape, just like it could any other muscle of your body. And not to get sappy on you, but even happiness can help — it actually decreases your heart disease risk as you age.
Even if you do everything in your power to prevent heart problems, they could still happen. Everyone is at risk — though some more than others — so knowing the signs and symptoms of an oncoming problem is crucial.
While most people know that heart palpitations, chest pain, and high blood pressure are signs that your heart is in trouble, there are other more subtle signs that could signal a risk.
This kind of coughing is more than just a nasty cold. If you experience violent coughing fits that don’t disappear within a few weeks, you should consult your doctor. Congestive heart failure can cause fluid buildup in the lungs, causing wheezing and coughing that doesn’t wane with time.
A staggering 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. There are ways to stave off depression, or at least help manage it, but no real cure has been determined. That being said, being depressed doesn’t doom you to heart disease. But possibly due to correlations involving other lifestyle factors, depression and heart conditions have been linked.
Arrhythmia, an abnormal heart rhythm, can cause an odd and irregular flow of blood to the brain. Just like if you’d stood up too fast, this rush of blood to the head can cause disorienting dizziness that could even cause you to faint.
There are dozens of health conditions that could affect a guy’s ability to perform in the bedroom. But since blood flow is crucial for things to work properly, an ineffective heart muscle could be the cause. In fact, erectile dysfunction is often the first noticeable sign of a heart problem, preceding the onset of other symptoms by approximately two years. If you’re concerned about your sexual health, you might want to read up on what bad habits could be lowering your sperm count.
In the days leading up to a heart attack, patients often feel exhausted and weak, despite having had enough rest. The feeling is much different than the slight fatigue you might feel at the end of a long workday — it’s chronic and it’s severe.
Lack of Appetite
Nausea or a lack of appetite is a telltale sign that something’s wrong. One of these underlying health problems could be a heart condition. If the aversion to food persists, ask your doctor to evaluate what’s going on. The sooner you catch the condition, the better chance you have of avoiding a heart attack.
Lack of Hair on Your Legs
Hair needs a consistent source of nutrients from blood flow to grow. Without those nutrients, the body simply stops growing hair. Your leg hair is likely to go
Migraines are really quite common — and a mere headache is nothing to lose your head over. Twelve percent of the population experiences migraines, but a whopping 40 percent of patients with heart disease experience them. The research is still unclear as to why the correlation exists.
Getting one too many Charlie horses? Don’t just attribute it to old age or weakness — excessive cramping could be a sign that something is really wrong. Muscle cramping has been shown to be a significant sign of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a buildup of plaque in the legs’ arteries. PAD is treatable, so catching the symptoms early is important for your lasting health.
Neck or Jaw Pain
You might think that chest pain was the first sign of heart problems, but that’s not always true. Unexplained pain in the neck or jaw is a potential sign of angina, a heart problem that occurs when the organ lacks oxygen-rich blood. Women are more likely to exhibit these atypical symptoms than men; but if you experience constricting pain on more than one occasion, it’s time to consult your doctor.
Shortness of Breath
Ever get winded after walking up a few flights of stairs? If so, don’t panic — that’s totally normal. But if you’re gasping for air after standing up too fast, walking a few blocks, or doing other minimally exhausting activity, you might want to check with your doctor. Your body’s ability to exercise without getting winded relies on pumping blood. Sudden shortness of breath could be a sign that something’s wrong.
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes patients to wake up in the middle of the night, gasping for air. These breathing irregularities have been linked to a higher risk of heart attacks and heart arrhythmia. When people with sleep apnea experience an interruption in natural breathing, their bodies detect a lack of oxygen and force blood vessels to quickly tighten, causing a knee-jerk gasp for air. The stress on blood vessels could cause problems over time.
We’re not talking about a slight swelling you experience if it’s hot outside or you got hurt. The kind of swelling that signals heart failure is extreme and often results in visible lines from where shoes and socks have dug into the skin. The swelling is caused by a buildup of blood in your veins when they aren’t flowing properly.
Swollen or Sore Gums
Gum health and heart health are more correlated than you might think. A problem in the gums closely ties to a problem with the heart, since they contain some of the same bacteria. Periodontal disease is often a sign of underlying heart problems; both involve damaging inflammation as a significant symptom.
If you suddenly sprint to catch a bus or are in a humid room, sweating is nothing to sweat over. But odd, unexplained bouts of extreme perspiration are a really bad sign. Say you’re sitting in your chair and suddenly become drenched — the sweating could be an early sign of an incoming heart attack. Call 911 or head to your nearest hospital right away.
If you’ve experienced a heart attack recently, keep an eye out for signs that another might be on its way. And in the meantime, experts recommend you avoid these foods if you’ve recently experienced heart failure.
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Heart Stone by MwsR
The familiarity has grown
Inside and outside of my own.
The noise so distant
Yet still so poignant.
I feel it move a little at first dawn
It goes to rest with my first yawn.
The path took to reach this
Despite all the joy and bliss.
Once it was so light so free
Now it sits like a boulder inside me.
My heart stone that was made
Look how much had to be paid!
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I often gaze into the sky above,
Looking for answers I do not have below
My heart has softened some from the pain of my past
I often wonder, will things really ever last?
My chest hurts from all the crushing blows
My mind keeps the lock to it, wherever it goes.
Some say I am a fool
Loving those who hurt me, even when I knew they would.
I don’t care about that
I care about where I am at.
Where my broken pieces will find themselves
Maybe they will be shoved into a corner
Or perhaps trampled upon till there is nothing more.
I really can’t say anymore.
When those pieces go
Whatever becomes of them, I hope others know
I did everything to keep them whole.
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Our chests have an unique way to hide the heart
They in tomb it as if to keep it preserved for ever
But despite our chests best effort we cannot keep our heart from breaking
The visual and physical protection is always there
But underneath all of that, that is where we will fail.MwsR
To protect our heart we must do more than exist
Letting go of our hurts isn’t all that there is
Allowing the bruises we experience to heal on their own time
Spending time with someone who really has our best interests in mind
Taking time to relax and to smell the roses
Never lingering too long though, lets the thorns take us in.
Heading into each issue, each hurt for the day
Trying to rearrange each issue and perhaps looking at them in a different way
Doing a good deed for another will surely help us to refocus
Avoiding fights and fusses
Maybe putting one foot in front of the other
Remembering something good, like perhaps your mother
Finding something good from things that might be bad
Loving yourself despite hardships you might of had
Being thankful for each little thing
That will show you sunlight when there is rain
It will comfort you, when you are going through the greatest pain.
Share you life and talents with someone who is down
In doing that you will lose that dreadful frown.
There are things to protect our heart,
You know what they are, because you are smart
This is a reminder that your heart is worth protecting
So try to start , its never too late to start correcting.
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Risks for heart disease, study implies…
ANI | Aug 8, 2019
People who follow paleo diet
were found to have twice the amount of a key blood biomarker that is linked closely to heart diseases, suggests a study.
The study published in the ‘European Journal of Nutrition’ examined the impact of the diet on gut bacteria.
Researchers compared 44 people on the diet with 47 following a traditional Australian diet. They measured the amount of trimethylamine-n-oxide (TMAO) in participants’ blood. High levels of TMAO, an organic compound produced in the gut, are associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
The controversial Paleo (or ‘caveman’) diet advocates eating meat, vegetables, nuts and limited fruit, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy, salt, refined sugar and processed oils.
Dr Angela Genoni, the lead researcher said that with the diet’s growing popularity, it was important to understand the impact it could have on overall health.
“Many Paleo diet proponents claim the diet is beneficial to gut health, but this research suggests that when it comes to the production of TMAO in the gut, the Paleo diet could be having an adverse impact in terms of heart health,” she said.
“We also found that populations of beneficial bacterial species were lower in the Paleolithic groups, associated with the reduced carbohydrate intake, which may have consequences for other chronic diseases over the long term.”
She said the reason TMAO was so elevated in people on the Paleo diet appeared to be the lack of whole grains in their diet.
“We found the lack of whole grains were associated with TMAO levels, which may provide a link between the reduced risks of cardiovascular disease we see in populations with high intakes of whole grains,” she said.
The researchers also found higher concentrations of the bacteria that produce TMAO in the Paleo group.
“The Paleo diet excludes all grains and we know that whole grains are a fantastic source of resistant starch and many other fermentable fibres that are vital to the health of your gut microbiome,” Dr Genoni said.
“Because TMAO is produced in the gut, a lack of whole grains might change the populations of bacteria enough to enable higher production of this compound.
“Additionally, the Paleo diet includes greater servings per day of red meat, which provides the precursor compounds to produce TMAO, and Paleo followers consumed twice the recommended level of saturated fats, which is cause for concern,” she said.
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Kindest Heart, by MwsR
This load how crushing it can be
Nothing will be left but bones and debris.
Where is the stepping stone
One for which you tread upon?
The burden we give our own selves
Trying tirelessly to make magic like an elf.
But falling short so many times.
Sometimes crossing a few lines.
Cannot believe how a gentleness
Turns into a relentless mess,
How giving is returned with taking and taking
Often it’s the kindest heart that’s left shaking.
Where do we draw the lines?
When often we stay so “love blind”.
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Top 3 Antibiotics That Increase Heart Attack Risk
Certain antibiotics used to treat pneumonia, bronchitis and bacterial infections may increase the risk of heart attack, but only for people with underlying heart disease such as arrhythmias, structural changes to the heart, or heart damage from a previous heart attack. Read on to find out which three antibiotics pose the highest risk.
Cardiovascular death linked to macrolides
Macrolides are the most commonly prescribed antibiotics, and are used to treat a number of bacterial infections. Under the umbrella of macrolides are the commonly prescribed antibiotics azithromycin, erythromycin and clarithromycin. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine studied more than a million cases of antibiotic-treated patients in 2012, and discovered some scary findings.
The study found that patients taking azithromycin for five days were three times more likely to suffer a fatal cardiovascular event, compared with patients who took no antibiotics. Azithromycin, it seems, also caused irregular heartbeats in some patients. Similarly, erythromycin and clarithromycin were found to be linked to an increased risk of sudden cardiac death, according to the study.
Another study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology analyzed 33 studies involving more than 20 million patients between 1966 and 2015. Researchers compared patients treated with macrolides to similar patients treated with other antibiotics or patients who did not receive antibiotic therapy.
This time researchers examined each macrolide separately: azithromycin, clarithromycin and erythromycin. In this analysis, researchers found that each antibiotic was linked to an increased risk of sudden cardiac death or ventricular tachyarrhythmia (rapid heartbeat).
In those patients not taking macrolides, researchers found 80 cases of rapid heartbeat per million treatment courses. For those using macrolides, there were an additional 118 patients with rapid heartbeat or related sudden cardiac deaths per million treatment courses. The study revealed 36 additional sudden cardiac deaths from causes other than rapid heartbeat and 38 additional cardiovascular deaths per million treatment courses.
“Given that macrolides are one of the most commonly used antibiotic groups and millions of patients are prescribed these drugs annually, the total number of sudden cardiac deaths or ventricular tachyarrhythmias and cardiac deaths may not be negligible,” said Su-Hua Wu, M.D., Ph.D., one of the study authors. “The heart safety of each macrolide needs to be better understood, to help guide clinical treatment decisions.”
FDA warning for azithromycin
In response to the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a statement declaring they were aware of the cardiovascular deaths associated with azithromycin, in comparison to persons treated with amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin or no drug.
On March 3, 2013, the FDA made a follow-up announcement with a warning to the public that azithromycin can cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart, which may lead to a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm.
“Health care professionals should consider the risk of fatal heart rhythms with azithromycin when considering treatment options for patients who are already at risk for cardiovascular events,” said the FDA.
Azithromycin is commonly prescribed to battle bacterial infections like pneumonia, bronchitis and sexually transmitted diseases, and marketed under the brand names Zithromax, Zmax and a treatment course commonly referred to as a “Z pack.”
FDA warning for erythromycin
Under adverse reactions listed in the FDA drug label, erythromycin — commonly prescribed for bacterial infections such as bronchitis, whooping cough, pneumonia and dental surgery — has been associated with a risk factor for sudden death and abnormal heart rhythms including rapid heartbeat.
FDA warning for clarithromycin
Clarithromycin — commonly prescribed for bacterial infections affecting the skin and respiratory system — is not only associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular death, but also with an increased risk of all-cause mortality.
The FDA drug label indicates clarithromycin is associated with prolongation of the QT interval (a heart rhythm disorder that can cause serious irregular heart rhythms) and infrequent cases of arrhythmia. Additionally, cases of torsades de pointes (a specific type of abnormal heart rhythm) have been reported in patients receiving clarithromycin. Fatalities have been reported, say the FDA.
The bottom line
In 2011, approximately 40 million people in the United States were prescribed azithromycin, according to the FDA.
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