By Edward K. Chung
Over 1000000 humans endure middle assaults every year within the usa by myself. middle sickness is our #1 explanation for dying. yet many center assaults are preventable, and middle problems will be handled. if you happen to or your family were touched by way of heart problems, a hundred Questions and solutions approximately middle assault and similar Cardiac difficulties deals support. popular heart specialist Edward okay. Chung, MD, attracts upon a long time of medical event to provide authoritative, sensible solutions for your questions on reasons of middle assaults, middle assault prevention, treatment plans, post-treatment caliber of lifestyles, assets of help and lots more and plenty extra. Written in simple language for the lay reader, together with a precise interview with one in every of Dr. Chung's sufferers, this publication is a useful source for somebody dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this scary ailment.
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Vitamin E seems to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, but its role is still controversial. Vitamin C may improve the function of the inner layer of the blood vessel (called the endothelium), which can affect blood flow. High intake of beta carotene and other carotenoids from dark-colored fruits and vegetables may also help reduce the risk of heart attack. chung2 7/1/03 10:53 AM Page 25 100 Q&A ABOUT HEART ATTACK AND RELATED CARDIAC PROBLEMS Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Diagnosis Depression has adverse biological effects on the immune system, on blood clotting, on BP, on the blood vessels, and on heart rhythms.
46 Cardiac arrest means that the heart is not able to pump the blood at all as a result of ineffective, abnormal heart rhythms: too fast, too slow, or lack of heartbeat (see Question 57). When cardiac arrest strikes, your lungs also fail to function, leading to cardiopulmonary arrest. (Cardio means heart, and pulmonary means lungs). Because blood circulation to the entire body, including the brain, is stopped, you become unconscious (enter a coma or a semicomatose state). By and large, the underlying cause of cardiac arrest in the majority of the cases is ventricular fibrillation (as mentioned, a very rapid, irregular, chaotic, and ineffective heart rhythm arising from the ventricles; see Question 57).
The pancreas) to produce or respond to insulin properly. If you are healthy, insulin allows your body to use glucose (sugar), but diabetes impairs this function. Adult-onset diabetes usually appears in middle-aged people, particularly those who are obese. , reduction of HDL cholesterol with elevation of triglyceride levels). Therefore, you should maintain your ideal body weight and normal or near-normal blood sugar levels with a proper diet and physical exercise. If the abovementioned management is not effective, a physician will prescribe insulin or other medications.
100 questions & answers about heart attack and related cardiac problems by Edward K. Chung