February is heart month

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Happy Valentine's Day




It was suggested to me to do a writing on the human heart. The first thing that came to me was to wish that all had a loving and wonderful Valentine day. There are many things which I discovered about the human heart. The first and most important is for me to make you aware of what constitutes a heart attack or to put it in scientific terms, a myocardial infarction. This happens from a total blockage of the blood flow to one portion of one's heart muscle. This happens when a blood clot forms in a blood vessel which supplies blood to the heart muscle. This comes with pain and discomfort in the chest abdomen, upper back, neck, jaw in either or both arms. There are additional but less serious symptoms such as sweating, breath shortness or nausea. Heart attacks can be mistaken as indigestion, heartburn or a pulled muscle
Chest pain doesn't always mean that you are suffering a heart attack. Another diagnosis which has some, but not all of the symptoms which we see in a heart attack is called angina. Angina is indicated by pain, pressure, heaviness or even numbness behind the breastbone or across the chest. This happens when the oxygen which is supposed to reach the heart muscle is compromised. This is known as coronary artery disease. This angina is usually caused by stress or exertion and is known to be relieved by resting and using prescribed medication.
It, however must be noted that from time to time one may notice a shooting pain which only lasts a few seconds, or a sudden quick pain at the end of a deep breath and this is usually nothing to fret about. Aspirin is helpful for prevention of heart attacks. It is prescribed in low doses, such as 81mg. per day. Doses as low as 30 mg. per day have been known to help.
HIgh cholesterol is a kind of fat which your body's cells need to function properly. Excess cholesterol can gather up in your arteries which can lead to narrowing; a condition called atherosclerosis. This is the starting point for most heart problems. Triglycerides are another type of fat that can be found inn one's bloodstream. If you have a high triglyceride level. it may increase your risk of coronary artery disease.
In closing, it is suggested that one should eat healthy, exercise much, and see your doctor on a regular basis to ward off serious problems with your heart.