Heart Health Help

Tips on how to keep a Healthy heart

Tips on how to keep a Healthy heart

A healthy heart is very important, therefore everyone should learn how to keep their heart healthy. According to the World Health Organisation Cardio-vascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally. Consult our 5 tips for keeping a healthy heart.

  1. Eat lots of Fish – Fish contains a nurient called Omega 3. Omega 3 helps fight heart disease and thus keep your heart healthy.
  2. Cut out too much salt – Salt can raise your blood pressure dramatically which places a lot of strain on your heart.
  3. Manage your Weight – Those classified as obese tend to have a higher chance of suffering from a heart attack because being larger means the heart has to work harder to get oxygen to your whole body. Use a BMI Calculator to determine whether you need to start losing weight. If you do, consult our diet tips on this site.
  4. Do more aerobic exercise – You can make your heart healthier even by doing a moderate amount of exercise. This will lower your chance of a heart disease. Consult our exercise tips for help.
  5. Cut down on saturated fats – You can do this by looking at the ingredients of products that you buy. This will show you how many of the fats in the product are saturated fats. Saturated fats raise cholesterol levels which increase your chances of heart disease.

For more tips visit the professionals at the heart foundation.

Blood flow studies

Blood flow studies

What is a Blood flow study?

A blood flow study observes and records someone’s blood flow. For example if a doctor wishes to look for unhealthy abnormalities in your blood flow then he may do one of these studies. The doctor would look at the blood moving towards the heart in your veins and the blood moving away from your heart in your arteries. From this they could gain a good overview of anything that the person should be concerned about.

How the Test is Performed

For the Duplex/Doppler ultrasound:

Clothing from the area being monitored is removed, and a transducer with conductive gel on the tip is placed on various points along the artery being tested. This enables the technician to evaluate blood flow through the vein. The information is relayed to the ultrasound monitor to be viewed and recorded.

For a plethysmography :

Blood pressure is first monitored in both arms. The clothing from the extremity being tested is removed and the patient lies in a supine (on the back, facing up) position. The blood pressure cuff is applied to the thigh and inflated until the pulsatile flow is on longer heard. Then the pressure is released from the cuff until the flow returns. The blood pressure is recorded and the information is transmitted to a computer that interprets and records the information.

Aortic Dissection

Aortic Dissection

What is Aortic Dissection?

Aortic dissection involves bleeding into and along the wall of the aorta (the major artery from the heart), most often because of a tear or damage to the inner wall of the artery. This usually occurs in the thoracic (chest) portion of the aorta but may occur in the abdominal portion also.

Causes and Risks

The exact cause is unknown, but risks include atherosclerosis and hypertension. Traumatic injury is a major cause of aortic dissection, especially blunt trauma to the chest as with the steering wheel of a car during an accident. Aortic dissection may also be associated with other injury, infection, congenital weakness of the aorta, collagen disorders such as Marfan’s syndrome , pseudoxanthoma elastoma, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, relapsing polychondritis, or abdominal aortic aneurysm . Pregnancy , valve disorders (including aortic insufficiency ), and coarctation of the aorta may also be associated with aortic dissection.