Showing posts with label heart disease. Show all posts
Showing posts with label heart disease. Show all posts

Monday, 24 July 2017

Algorithm That Diagnoses Heart Arrhythmias

Cardiac arrhythmia is in most cases harmless extras without the disease. Both a slowing of the heart rate (bradycardia) and a speeding up of the heart rate (tachycardia) can also become life threatening. Nearly every person is affected by cardiac arrhythmia during his life.


These can be harmless or dangerous. Often they are only subjectively unpleasant ("stumbling-heart") and do not need treatment. However, untreated pre-fibrillation is accompanied by a marked increase in stroke risk. This makes it all the more important to have an early and reliable algorithm diagnosis. However, they can also lead to dangerous incidents and subsequent episodes.

But how can pre-fibrillation be detected when it occurs irregularly and the patient himself often does not notice it? An ECG - that is, the measurement of cardiac currents - is the gold standard in the algorithm diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. In that case, it can help measure cardiac currents over a longer period of time and keep the heart in view all the time. It is important that even small signals and short episodes can be perceived.

Definition and types of cardiac arrhythmia

The normal heart rate is 50 to 100 beats per minute. The heart rate is generally higher in young women than in men, presumably because in men the rest frequency decreases by frequent sports. A heart rate <50 a="" bradycardia="" called="" frequency="" is="" min="" slowed=""> 100 / min at rest is too fast (tachycardia). Both manifestations of cardiac arrhythmia can be life-threatening. They then usually occur as a result of severe structural heart disease, e.g. Heart attack, cardiac insufficiency, or heart valve defect, or in the case of congenital or severe hypertension caused by hypertension.

Cardiac arrhythmia can be divided into disturbances of stimulation and disorders of the excitatory conduction. Causes of ectopic stimulus formation can be increased automatization, abnormal automatism, and triggered activity. Excitation line disturbances can lead to arrhythmias in linear closed conduction pathways or also in the spatial whole cellular network.

Thanks to the computer scientists at Stanford, who developed an algorithm that diagnoses 14 types of Heart defects. These group of Stanford scientists led by Andrew Ng has developed this deep learning algorithm. With the collaboration with the iRhythm – the heartbeat monitoring company, roll up a solid data set that they used to teach a profound neural network model.

The new heart monitor has now been developed for this purpose. The special feature of this heart monitor, which can also be used on an outpatient basis, is its intelligent design. Its not only records the ECG, it also analyzes it and sends the most important episodes on the so-called home monitoring - a technology built into the implant - to the treating physician every day.

Thanks to this close-meshed observation of the cardiac rhythm, can be detected reliably. This is not only crucial for a safe diagnosis at the beginning of the therapy for cardiac arrhythmia- it may also be necessary to keep a close eye on the heart during treatment.

For example an ablation, that is, an intervention for the obliteration of the diseased cardiac muscle tissue, the doctor sees thanks to home monitoring, whether the procedure was successful or if again atrial fibrillation occurs. The physician can control the therapy better, and the patient gains safety.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Vitamin D 'Heals Damaged Hearts'

Heart

Vitamin D Supplement helps Diseased Heart


A study suggests that Vitamin D supplement could help people suffering from diseased heart. A test on 163 patients with heart failure found supplements of the vitamin, made in the skin when it is exposed to sunlight tends to improve the ability of their hearts to pump blood around the body.

A team from Leeds Teaching Hospitals who had presented a meeting of the American College of Cardiology had described the results as `stunning’. The British Heart Foundation had called for longer trials to assess the pills. Vitamin D is considered to be vital for healthy bones and teeth and tends to have major health benefits for the body though several people may suffer from deficiency.

Average age of people in the study had been 70 and like several people of that age, they seemed to have low level of vitamin D even in summer. Dr Klaus Witte, consultant cardiologist, had said that `they spend less time outside and the skin’s ability to manufacture vitamin D also gets less effective, with age and we don’t really understand why that is’. Each day for a year, patients were given either a 100 microgram vitamin D tablet or a sugar pill placebo.

Main Extent – Ejection Fraction


The researchers measured the impact on heart failure, a condition wherein the heart tends to get too weak to pump the blood accurately.The main extent was the ejection fraction which is the amount of blood pumped out of the chambers of the heart with each beat. In the case of healthy adult, the figure seems to be between 60% and 70% though only a quarter of the blood in the heart had been successfully pumped out in heart failure patients.

However, in the case of those taking the vitamin pills, the ejection fraction had increased from 26% to 34%. Dr Witte had informed BBC News website that it was quite a big deal which is as big as one would expect from other more expensive treatments that are used and it’s a stunning effect. He added that it is as cheap as chip with no side effects and a stunning improvement on people already on optimal medical therapy; it is the first time anyone has shown something like this in the last 15 years.

Most of Vitamin D – Sunlight


The study also showed that the hearts of the patient became smaller, a suggestion that they are becoming more powerful and efficient. People over 65, in the UK were advised to take 10 microgram supplement of the vitamin. But Dr Witte dos not think that high dose vitamin D should be routine prescribed just yet. He informed BBC that they are a little bit off that yet not because they do not believe it but the data has shown improvement in heart function, they may show improvements in symptoms and a large study is needed.

It was also not clear how precisely vitamin D tends to improve heart function though it is thought that every cell in the body tends to respond to the vitamin. Most of the vitamin D comes from sunlight but it is also found in eggs, oily fish and is added to some of the foods like breakfast cereals.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Group of Lung Diseases

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD is referred to a group lung diseases which tend to block the airflow making the breathing difficult. It is the name given for a collection of lung ailments which include chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. People suffering from COPD have breathing problems which is due to the narrowing of their airways known as airflow obstruction. The symptoms include, increasing breathlessness while they are active, frequent chest infection, persistent cough with phlegm and the main cause of this ailment is smoking.

The chances of developing this disease increases on smoking and the length of smoking period. Smoking tends to cause irritation and inflames the lungs which results in scarring and over a period of time, the inflammation leads to permanent changes in the lungs. The walls of the airways tend to get thicken with the development of more mucus. The delicate walls of the air sacs in the lungs get damaged causing emphysema with the lungs losing their normal elasticity while the smaller airways become scarred and narrowed. All these changes result in the symptoms of breathlessness, cough and phlegm which are associated with this disease. There are other cases of this disease which is due to dust, air pollution, fumes and genetic disorders though they are quite rare.

Common Conditions - COPD

Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are considered the two most common conditions which are responsible for COPD. Chronic bronchitis is the inflammation of the lining of bronchial tubes that carries air to and from the lungs and emphysema takes place when the air sacs or alveoli towards the end of the smallest air passage, bronchioles, in the lungs tends to get destroyed gradually. Damage to the lungs due to COPD cannot be changed or reversed though treatment could be helpful in controlling symptoms which could reduce further damage. The symptom of this disease does not often show up till the damage has occurred to the lungs which usually worsen over a period of time. In the case of chronic bronchitis, the main symptom is cough which one tends to have at least three months in a year for two consecutive years while the other signs and symptoms may include:
  • Shortness of breath which is more pronounced during physical activities
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • The need to clear the throat first thing in the morning due to excess mucus in the lungs
  • A chronic cough which produces sputum which may be clear, white, yellow or greenish
  • Lack of energy
  • Change in colour of blueness of the lips or fingernail beds
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Unintended loss of weight which could occur at a later stage
Test & Treatment 

The following test are done for those suffering from COPD which include –

Pulmonary function test – Spirometry being the most common lung function test wherein at the time of this test the person needs to blow into a large tube which is connected to a spirometer and the machine measures how much air the lungs can hold and how fast one can blow out the air from the lungs. It can detect the disease much prior to the symptoms of the ailment and can also be used to track the progress of the disease as well as monitor on the treatment.

Chest X-ray can portray emphysema which is one of the main causes of COPD and can also identify other lung problems or heart failure if any.

CT scan of the lungs could help in detecting emphysema and determine if one would need a surgery for the ailment and could also be used to check for lung cancer which is also common among individuals suffering from COPD.

Arterial blood gas analysis is a blood rest which measures how well the lungs are bringing oxygen in the blood and leaving carbon dioxide.

Medication

For all stage of disease, effective therapy available could control the symptoms and reduce the risk of any complications and help in leading an active life. The essential step in the case of COPD is to quit smoking and reduce the chances of getting worse. Doctors may recommend several types of medication to treat the symptoms of COPD which could be taken on regular basis or as the need arises. There are medications which come in the form of inhaler which tends to relax the muscles around the airways and also relieves cough and shortness of breath, making breathing easier.

Inhaled medications could reduce airway inflammation which could help in prevention of exacerbations. Some side effect could include oral infections, bruising and hoarseness. Oral steroids is given to those with moderate or severe acute exacerbation which prevents further worsening of the disease though these medication could tend to have serious side effect like weight gain, diabetes, cataracts, osteoporosis as well as an increased risk of infection. Antibiotic is also given which fights acute exacerbations though it is not clear whether it is due to its antibiotic effect or the anti-inflammatory properties. Surgery is also another option for some people suffering from COPD.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Cardiomyopathy Disease of Heart Muscle

Cardiomyopathy
Cardiomyopathy is a general term for diseases of the heart muscle having many causes, symptoms, signs and treatments. It occurs when the walls of the heart chambers tend to get stretched, stiff or thickened and affects the ability of the heart to pump the blood in the body.

In other rare cases, the muscle tissue is replaced in the heart with scar tissue. As cardiomyopathy tends to get worse, the heart gets weaker and is unable to pump blood through the body to have a normal electrical rhythm which could lead to a failure of the heart or irregular heartbeats known as arrhythmias.

This in turn could cause fluid to accumulate in the lungs, feet, ankles, legs or abdomen. People suffering from cardiomyopathy are at risk of dangerous forms of irregular heartbeats which can lead to cardiac death and the most common type of cardiomyopathy is known as dilated cardiomyopathy. The term cardiomyopathy could theoretically refer to any disease related to the heart and is usually referred to severe myocardial disease which leads to heart failure. Some types of cardiomyopathy are inherited and are seen in children as well as younger individuals.

Different Forms of Cardiomyopathy

In the case of dilated cardiomyopathy, the muscle walls of the heart tend to get stretched and thin and cannot contract or squeeze sufficiently to pump the blood in the body. People with dilated cardiomyopathy are at greater risk of heart failure where the heart fails to pump enough blood to the body at the appropriate pressure.

Besides this, the person is also at a risk of valve problems, blood clots and irregular heartbeat and immediate treatment would be essential. The symptoms of heart failure may cause shortness of breath, extreme tiredness and ankle swelling.

Besides dilated cardiomyopathy, there are other types of cardiomyopathy namely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and restrictive cardiomyopathy. A heart transplant may be needed for people with severe heart failure. Cardiomyopathy differs from a heart attack though heart attack also tends to damage the heart muscles but may also be caused due to other reasons.

DilatedCardiomyopathy takes place in people between the age of 20 to 60 years more in men than women and when the heart muscles tend to start stretching and getting thin or dilate it could mean that the heart muscles is not capable of contracting normally and is unable to pump sufficient blood to the body. Over a period of time the heart tends to get weak which could lead to heart failure and other complications.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is considered a very common form of cardiomyopathywhich can affect people of any age group and occurs when the heart muscle cells tend to get enlarged causing the wall of the heart to thicken. This could further block the flow of the blood out of the ventricle and if a blockage takes place, the heart would need to work harder in pumping the blood to the body which in turn could lead to chest pain, dizziness, fainting or shortness of breath. This form of cardiomyopathy could also have other effects on the body.

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy is a rare type which takes place when muscle tissue in one area of the heart is replaced with scar tissue thereby disrupting the heart’s electrical signals causing irregular heartbeats. Some of the symptoms may include palpitations together with fainting after doing some physical activity which normally affects young adults and teenagers.

Restrictive cardiomyopathy tends to affect the older group of individuals wherein the heart gets stiff and rigid due to abnormal tissues like scar tissue replacing the normal heart muscles.

Conclusion 

There is no cure for this ailment, but it could be kept under control by maintaining a healthy diet, quitting smoking if one is prone to smoking, lose excess weight if overweight, reducing the intake of alcohol, get sufficient sleep, handle stress and ensure that any underlying condition like diabetes is kept under control.

Medical treatments may be needed in order to control the blood pressure, remove any excess fluid, correction of the abnormal heart rhythm or prevent the clotting of the blood. In cases with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the septum which is the wall dividing the left and right side of the heart get thickened, bulging into the main heart chamber.


 In such a case, an injection of alcohol in the heart is given to reduce portion of the muscle in the septum or a septal myectomy or heart surgery is done to remove part of the thickened septum, the mitral valve could be repaired simultaneously if required.

Individual with heart rhythm problems could also have the need of a pacemaker or some similar device that could be implanted to control the abnormal rhythm of the heart. Heart transplant is the last resort when other treatment is not effective and does not give much relief to the patient.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

A Helping Hand

Normalizing your blood pressure does not happen overnight, but it can be done over time. With the help of health professionals and people around you, you can make choices that you can succeed and possibly live longer and healthier.

The health professionals, friends and family members are all very good resources. A family physician should encourage changes in lifestyle and sense may prescribe one or more medications to help deal with high blood pressure. Pharmacists are here to discuss your condition and may suggest ways to deal with, especially if the failure to remember to take your medication every day is a problem.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Am I at risk for heart disease?



High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. Risk factors are often classified into two categories: non-modifiable factors and modifiable factors or treatable.

Non-modifiable factors:
  •     age and sex (women over 55 and men over age 45 have a higher risk);
  •     ethnicity (people from Africa, South Asia and the descendants of First Nations have a higher risk);
  •     family history (including those family members have suffered a stroke or heart attack before age 60, suffer or have suffered from angina or are prone to hypertension or the hypercholesterolemia are at increased risk).
Factors modifiable or treatable:
  •     hypercholesterolemia;
  •     hypertension;
  •     elevated levels of hsCRP (C-reactive protein [CRP]: protein produced by the body in the presence of inflammation);
  •     a sedentary lifestyle (lack of exercise);
  •     obesity (overweight);
  •     smoking;
  •     excessive consumption of alcohol (more than 2 drinks per day for men and more than one drink per day for women);
  •     stress;
  •     diabetes;
  •     metabolic syndrome (group of risk factors for heart disease that tend to occur together, they include: a large waist circumference, high triglycerides, low levels of HDL cholesterol and a blood pressure and a high blood sugar, so if you have a large waist circumference plus two (or more) of these risk factors, your doctor may diagnose metabolic syndrome).
Concerned about your risk of heart disease? You can calculate your risk here and ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.

The link between high cholesterol and heart disease


The higher your cholesterol, the higher your risk of heart disease increases. High cholesterol is one of many risk factors for heart disease. By controlling your cholesterol, you can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease. Effective treatment can save your life!

Whatever your level of risk, you should make changes in your lifestyle, such as improving your diet and exercising more, to better control your cholesterol. Some people have a risk level that may also require medication. Whatever your level of risk, the objective is to lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol (HDL). The more you can lower your LDL cholesterol, the better.

Ask your doctor about your risk of heart disease, what treatment is best for you, how you set goals for your treatment and how to evaluate the success of it.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Setting Goals


You and your doctor will determine your treatment goals set against cholesterol. Clearly defined objectives will assess more easily the success of your treatment.

Your main objectives will be therapeutic to target your target cholesterol levels. The target values
​​determined depend on the level of your baseline and your risk of heart disease. Your doctor will calculate your risk of heart disease, or you can calculate it yourself here. Whatever your level of risk of heart disease and how you treat your high cholesterol, the goal for everyone is to reduce LDL ("bad" cholesterol) at least 50%.

Here are the usual targets of cholesterol:


If your risk of heart disease over the next 10 years is ... You'll need to start treatment ... And your cholesterol targets are ...
Moderate risk (10-19%) For most people:

when LDL-C is greater than 3.5 mmol / L, or

when the ratio CT / HDL-C is greater than 5.

Among men over 50 and women over 60 years:
when hsCRP *** is greater than 2.0 mg / L (regardless of whether the LDL-C is high).
Lowering LDL-C at least 50%, or

Reach a level of LDL-C below 2.0 mmol / L, or

Achieve a rate of apo B * less than 0.8 g / L.
High risk ** (20% or more) Immediately Lowering LDL-C at least 50%, or

Reach a level of LDL-C below 2.0 mmol / L, or

apo B Less than 0.8 g / L
* Apo B = apolipoprotein: protein part of LDL-C and VLDL, which can cause inflammation in blood vessels.

** The high risk group also includes people with diabetes or a disease related to atherosclerosis (eg. Heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease).

*** CRP (CRP) is a protein that produces the liver when there is inflammation in the body. That's why they say it is a marker of inflammation. The C-reactive protein can be measured by assaying the rate of hsCRP (C-reactive protein high sensitivity), also called hsCRP assay.

The targets set out in the table above are only recommendations - your doctor may recommend that you aim for even lower values
​​(eg, a reduction of over 50% in LDL-C). With respect to LDL cholesterol, the general rule is "the higher the rate is lower, the better." For each reduction of 1.0 mmol / L LDL cholesterol, your risk of certain complications associated with heart disease (cardiac death and heart attack) decreases from 20 to 25%.

Although LDL cholesterol is the most important target, your doctor may establish other targets "secondary", especially when you reach your goal LDL-C, for example:

Secondary targets Usual targets
Ratio CT/C-HDL less than 4.0
Triglycerides less than 1.7 mmol / L
hsCRP less than 2.0 mg / L
Non-HDL cholesterol (HDL-C less than CT) less than 3.5 mmol / L
Ratio apo B / apo AI (apo B is part of the LDL-C and VLDL-C and apo AI is part of HDL-C) less than 0.80

Although triglyceride levels be measured during the determination of cholesterol, the Canadian guidelines for the management of cholesterol does recommend more valuable therapeutic target for triglycerides. However, a triglyceride level of 10.0 mmol / L or higher requires treatment because of the increased risk of pancreatitis (inflamed pancreas). Triglyceride levels should ideally be below 1.5 mmol / L.

Your doctor may also recommend other therapeutic purposes, for example:
  •     achieve and maintain a healthy weight;
  •     quit smoking;
  •     control your blood pressure;
  •     control your blood sugar.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Cholesterol

What should your target cholesterol levels?

Your cholesterol target depends on your risk of heart disease. Your doctor will calculate this risk based on your age, your gender, your cholesterol levels and your overall health. You can also determine your own risk of heart disease with our calculator target cholesterol levels and heart disease risk. Regardless of your level of risk of heart disease, the goal is to reduce your LDL ("bad" cholesterol) at least 50%. Your doctor can determine the target values
​​that are appropriate for you.

To learn more about cholesterol targets and values
​​that you should aim, see setting goals. The target cholesterol levels are an important way to verify the effectiveness of your treatment. Ask your doctor what you can expect from your treatment against cholesterol and how to know if it works.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Garlic


General Information

Garlic is the edible bulb from a plant of the lily family. This is thousands of years as it is used as a medicine and as spice.

Common Name
garlic

Scientific Name
Allium sativum, Alliaceae

How it works?

The garlic cloves can be eaten raw or cooked. They can also be dried or powdered and used in tablets and capsules. Raw garlic cloves can be used to make oils and liquid extracts.

Garlic as a dietary supplement is most often used by people with high cholesterol, heart disease or high blood pressure.

Garlic is also used to prevent certain types of cancer, including cancer of the stomach and colon.

Your health care provider you may have recommended this product against other diseases. If you have questions, contact your health care provider.

It can be used for the following diseases:
  • Tonsillitis
  • Angina
  • High Cholesterol
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Laryngitis
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Otitis media
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Common cold
  • Sinusitis
There are some data showing that a high intake of garlic can slightly lower the blood cholesterol. Studies have emphasized the positive effect of a short-term use (1-3 months). However, a study funded by NCCAM to examine the safety and effectiveness of three garlic preparations (fresh garlic, garlic powder tablets dried, and tablets of aged garlic extract) for lower blood cholesterol levels, found no effect.

Preliminary research suggests that a high intake of garlic may slow the progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), a condition that can lead to heart disease or stroke (CVA).

Results were mixed when it comes to whether a high intake of garlic cans slightly lowering blood pressure.

Some studies show that regular consumption of garlic can lower the risk of certain cancers. However, no clinical trial has examined this. A clinical trial on long-term use of garlic supplements to prevent cancer of the stomach, found no effect.

Among the recent research funded by NCCAM, we can mention the studies on the interaction of garlic with some drugs and its potential to thin the blood.

The use of garlic seems to be safe for most adults.

Side effects include bad breath and body odor, heartburn, abdominal pain and allergic reactions. These side effects are more common during the consumption of raw garlic.

Garlic can thin the blood (reduce the ability of blood to clot) in the same way as ASA (acetylsalicylic acid). This effect can cause problems during surgery or shortly after. Use garlic with caution if you have surgery or dental work, or if you have a bleeding disorder. It seems wise to avoid eating garlic or taking a garlic supplement for at least one week before surgery.

It was found that garlic inhibited the effectiveness of saquinavir, a drug used to treat HIV infection. Its effect on other drugs has not yet been studied.

Before taking any new medications, including natural health products, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or other health care provider. Tell your health care provider all natural health products you use.


Sunday, 18 December 2011

Influenza and heart disease


People with heart disease are at risk of flu complications and acute infection. Among the rank heart disease congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease and congenital heart disease (an abnormality of the heart present at birth).

People with heart disease are more likely to require hospitalization and often their impairment empire. For example, if you are a person with congestive heart failure, you may find that your symptoms get worse when you have the flu - it is possible that your breathing is more difficult or swollen ankles or you have to lassitude. Unfortunately, people with heart disease are more likely to die from flu or its complications that people with any other chronic medical conditions.

People with heart disease are not the only high risk of influenza complications and acute infection. People with diabetes, asthma, or have weakened immune systems, and many others with chronic medical conditions are also at risk. Are you at risk of flu complications?

You can take a few provisions to protect yourself from the flu:

  • wash your hands the right way (at least 20 seconds with soap and water) and frequently;
  • avoid places where there are lots of people, and stay home if you think you have the flu;
  • cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow (not your hand!)
  • eat healthy foods and practice regular physical exercise to strengthen your immune system;
  • Get vaccinated. Your doctor may recommend yearly influenza vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine;
  • control your heart disease. Take your medicine and follow the treatment plan recommended by your health care provider.
If you get the flu anyway, it is essential to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you notice the first signs of flu symptoms. Do not wait until your symptoms worse. People with heart disease should make an appointment with their doctor immediately so that we can begin treatment. Early treatment with antiviral medication can help to reduce the risk of influenza complications. Talk to your doctor taking advantage of the Guide for the discussion with the doctor.

Friday, 9 December 2011

All About Cholesterol


Essentially, high cholesterol means the cholesterol in the blood is too high, which increases your risk of heart disease. To learn more about high cholesterol, see when cholesterol is it considered too high? And Setting Goals! The liver manufactures about 80% of the cholesterol found in blood; the rest comes from our diet.

Many foods contain small amounts of cholesterol, but the data suggest that saturated and trans fats found in our diet have the greatest impact on blood cholesterol levels. Saturated fats are typically found in meat and dairy products. It is therefore important to monitor not only the cholesterol content of foods, but also the amount of saturated fat they contain.

Although a small number of people can have a diet high in saturated fat without having adverse effects on cholesterol levels, most people should eat foods lower in fat to maintain a healthy cholesterol level.

The production of cholesterol in the liver is influenced by family history (genetics) and how the liver works. This means that your diet and your lifestyle are not the only factors responsible for high cholesterol. The risk of high cholesterol also increases with age.

Cholesterol is it all bad?

Your body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to function properly. It is essential for the production of cells and hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers that allow cells to communicate. Thus, sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are made in the body from cholesterol.


How many people suffer from high cholesterol?

Nearly 40% of the adult Canadian population shows high cholesterol. Do you belong in? Ask your doctor to check your cholesterol and if you need more tests to assess your risk of heart disease.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Hawthorn - the real boom



If allowed to cure all these problems, the indications are focused on modern coronary heart disease. In addition, it would be particularly useful for monitoring a heart attack since it could prevent future attacks. However, it must be taken very long term, its effects do not accumulate very slowly in the body. By cons, it has the advantage of presenting no adverse effects.

Because of their astringency, fruit is useful against diarrhea and dysentery. We think they could also help to dissolve kidney stones and gallstones. Their astringency also would make a good remedy for the topical treatment of redness and rosacea.

The flowers are harvested in the spring with the leaves, though some argue that the leaves are rich in active ingredients when harvested in August. Is dried flowers and leaves on an insect screen in the shade. We prepare an infusion at a rate of one teaspoon per cup of boiling water. It takes two to three cups a day.