Determining the causes of heart disease helps prevent and may even stop the development of "heart disease" . Our heart is one of the most important organs that needs a lot of extreme care. Unfortunately, more and more people suffer from such disease. At present, heart disease is very common and worse; it is one of the leading causes of death anywhere in the world. This condition exempts no one; even a new born baby can have a certain type of such disease. How much more the older people who don't watch what they eat and don't even care to exercise. Heart disease, like any other medical condition, has causes. Identifying the causes will greatly help in preventing the progression of any heart condition and in giving the right treatment. The causes of a heart disease maybe very common, but the consequences and impact of the same are fearfully bad for your health. The causes may include high blood cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and over weight, smoking, heredity, alcohol, birth control pills, sex hormones, and more.High blood cholesterol plays a gigantic role in most types of heart disease. Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is carried in our blood and is also found in all our body cells, which causes the disease. If this fatty substance may stick in our arteries and builds up to form a plaque, it will then result to the narrowing of arteries. The narrowing of our arteries interrupts the blood flow, causing less supply of oxygen and other nutrients to our hearts and other parts of the body. If worse comes to worst when the arteries are blocked because of the fatty substance build up, a heart attack occurs. Heart problem is one of the causes of death among the people with diabetes. If a person is found out to have diabetes, he or she should be under a doctor's care to monitor blood sugar levels, and therefore reduce the risk of heart disease.Obesity and over; weight are among the causes of heart disease. If you are overweight, it is likely that you have high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure resulting to a high risk. Obesity increases the chances of developing heart condition. To know if you are obese, the doctors are measuring obesity in terms of body mass index (BMI), which is your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared, [ BMI= W (kg) / H (m) ]. You are considered over weight if the result is over 25; obese if over 30 is the result. In addition, people who are obese and over weight are usually physically inactive. They don't entertain the idea of a regular exercise, and if they do, just the thought tires them already (just like me!).Smoking is one of the causes. It greatly increases your risk of heart disease and peripheral vascular disease, disease in the blood vessels that supply blood to your arms and legs. Many people die each year because of illnesses brought about by smoking and some of these deaths are due to the effects of smoking on the heart and blood vessels.A heart disease can be hereditary. A heart condition has a possibility to be passed from one generation to another.Studies shows that people who drink moderate alcohol has a lower risk compared to nondrinkers. A moderate intake of alcohol averages to one or two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. More than moderate intake of alcohol, on the other hand, is one of the causes.It's never too late to take care of your health and your heart. Do the things which are good for your health and heart, and avoid those that aren't. Nobody knows yourself better that you! Start caring for your health and stop the causes of [*_*].
Women have always worked hard. Aside from their families, their jobs, and household responsibilities, there are still other activities that a woman needs to attend to which may make them feel really tired. But today, doctors say, women are exhausted. Married or single, with or without kids, working in an office, a laundry or at home, it seems as true as ever that a woman's work is never done.Fatigue is a common health complaint especially among women. It is a state of overwhelming, sustained exhaustion and decreased capacity for physical and mental work that is unrelieved by rest. Around 20% of Americans experienced excessive fatigue that is enough to interfere with their normal life. However, one of the hardest terms to define and a symptom of many different conditions. Fatigue often is an early sign of a neurological or psychological illness. Debilitating fatigue can be an early sign and symptom of either multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease. Some studies show that eight out of ten patients with depression report fatigue.Marianne Legato, a professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University said in an interview that there are a number of conditions that can make a woman chronically feel tired or experience "excessive fatigue" . Women who go on crash diets and don't get enough nutrition can feel lethargic. Reports say that high-fat, low-carb diets are the worst offenders. Foods that help boost energy include complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread, whole meal rice and pasta, fish, lean meat, fruit and vegetables.Moreover, according to the Thyroid Foundation, there are approximately 14 million people in the U.S. who have underactive thyroids and about 70 percent of them are women. Dr. Legato said that the most common type of thyroid disease is called Hashimoto's thyroiditis. This is an auto-immune condition, in which the person produces antibodies that have an immune response to the thyroid gland.Excessive fatigue can also be a result of one of several reasons including anemia, chronic illness, infection, diabetes, medication effects or depression. Excessive fatigue could also indicate an impending heart attack in women, researchers say. A study looked at more than 500 women who had suffered heart attacks. About 70% had experienced unusually high levels of fatigue and 48% had reported disturbed sleep for more than a month before their attack. The researchers said they studied women because they have higher death rates and higher rates of disease than men.The study focused on women with an average age of 66 who had suffered a heart attack in the previous four to six months. They were asked if they had experienced any of 33 early signs which can precede heart attacks, or any of 37 symptoms which can accompany one. The women were also asked about other health problems, risk factors, medication and their social backgrounds. About 95% of the women said they had experienced new or different symptoms more than a month before their heart attacks that did not continue afterwards. Excessive fatigue is the most common symptom. Tiredness as a symptom, is important when it is severe or unusual. Women who are experiencing tiredness or excessive fatigue may be referred to a health care professional or other specialists for additional tests and a definitive diagnosis to help them lessen the load of the burden they've been going through.
You work hard to earn a living. There was your boss to please and clients to do a presentation. There were still paper works laying around on your table and waiting for your attention. Your colleague wants your feedback and you remember that you still have that report to finish. Arriving home, your wife asked you, if you already dropped by to your creditor's office to pay off a long over due debt.That was becoming your ever day scenario and the results turns out to be stress, fatigue, worry, anxiety, and it builds up and then before you know it. It finally happens and it was one night....you could no longer perform. You can't get it up. You get so frustrated and you sense if this keeps going on too frequently--- your wife, the most important person in the whole; the one person you wanted to satisfy will be starting to resent you.As a man, nothing hurts your pride more than your penis failing you at the moment, just when you want her to have an orgasm. And simply, what is an orgasm to a woman? It's the body leading to a climax. Its like something exploding inside of you that makes the lovemaking part so exciting. But now...you can't give it to her. Worst, she thinks she is not desirable anymore. You can't believe it yourself that you have it....this erectile dysfunction.IT'S NO LONGER A TABOO SUBJECTErectile Dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection. Most men experience this at some point of their lives, usually by age 40. It is something that most men have a hard time dealing with; that they cant keep it up for so long. It is popularly known as impotence. Having an "erectile dysfunction" may be sign of a physical or emotional problem. For every 1,000 men in the U.S today, most of them consult a physician for erectile dysfunction problems alone. This rate has tripled by the year 1999 according to the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. The most common causes of ED are damage to the nerve, smooth muscles, arteries, and fidrous tissues.A lifestyle choice also plays a part on having Erectile Dysfunction (ED); if you are smoking too much, avoiding exercise and being overweight. Experts believe that factors psychological factors like stress, guilt, depression and anxiety also contributes to impotence. A mans penis containstwo sponge-like structures that run along its length and it has like a tube that carries semen and urine.When a man becomes sexually aroused (arousal can be visual or physical), there are nerve impulses cause the blood flow to the cylinders to increase about seven times the normal amount. Continued sexual arousal maintains the higher rate of blood flow, keeping the erection firm. After ejaculation, the excess blood drains out of the spongy tissue, and the penis returns to its nonerect size and shape.Aside from the psychological factors of having ED, there could also be such as surgery or trauma, physical diseases, disorders, substance abuse and medications.MEDICAL HELP AND TREATMENT FOR EDWhen erectile dysfunction last longer that two months or it becomes a recurring problem, see your doctor so he can give you a thorough physical exam. Although, most men are embarrassed to admit that they have this kind of sexual problem. It is always best to seek treatment. Having a medical history can disclose if there is other diseases that you has lead you to having ED.Your physical exams can give a lot of clues. It can point to a circulatory problem, hormonal or other unusual characteristics of the penis itself. After the physical exam there is the laboratory tests that can help diagnose ED. Test such as blood counts, lipid profile, urinalysis, and measurements of creatinine and liver enzymes.Most doctors suggest having a healthy lifestyle can speed up treatment for those who have ED. Psychotherapy and behavior modifications can also be considered in some selected patients by the most easiest treatment is taking injected or oral drugs.Oral treatment such as Levitra which is a FDA-approved prescription medication is an oral tablet. It helps increase blood flow to the penis. It helps keep an erection that last long enough to finish having sex. It was proven effective and reliable in keeping an erection for many men including those who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even diabetes.
Have you ever met someone who was happy one moment and then sad just a few minutes after? Have you ever met anybody whose moods change so fast you cant keep track? They might be suffering from bipolar disorder.Bipolar disorderAlso called Manic-depressive illness, this term is used to describe a psychiatric condition of having episodes of significant changes in mood. These changes may vary in a wide spectrum that ranges from severe depression to unrestrained mania. This condition usually manifests its symptoms in adolescence or early adulthood and may persist throughout the sufferers life.According to the United States National Institution of Mental Health, there isnt a single cause of bipolar disorder, but rather a lot of factors acting together to product the illness. Recent studies suggest that genetics, early environment, neurobiology, and psychological and social processes are important contributing factors. Below are reported signs and symptoms manifested by sufferers during their different moods.Depressive state. This is a condition characterized by persistent lowering of moods.persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, anger, isolation and/or hopelessness disturbances in sleep and appetite, fatigue and loss of interest in usually enjoyed activitiesproblems concentrating lonelinessself-loathingapathy or indifferencedepersonalizationloss of interest in sexual activityshyness or social anxietyirritabilitychronic pain (with or without a known cause)lack of motivationmorbid/suicidal ideationMania. This condition is characterized by extremely elevated mood.distinct period of an elevated, expansive or irritable mood stateincreased energydecreased need for sleepspeech pattern is pressuredthoughts are racinglow attention span (easily distracted)impaired sense of judgementaggressive/instrusive behaviourhas grandiose or delusional ideasincreased sex driveHypomania. This is a lowered state of mania that does not impair regular daily functionfeeling of having an uncontrollable impulse to laugh at things he or she does not normally find funnyincreased in energyconstructive flight of ideasMixed State. In this condition, symptoms of mania and depression occur simultaneously.Tearfulness during a manic episodeRacing thoughts during a depressive episodeRapid cycling. This condition means that a sufferer has four or more episodes in a year. TreatmentThere is no known cure for bipolar disorder at this time. Treatment is mainly directed to effective management of acute episodes and prevention of further having such episodes. These are done by means of medication and/or psychotherapy, and electroconvulsive therapy.Medications are mainly used to stabilize the sufferers ever changing moods. These medications prevent relapses of both manic and depressive episodes. Certain anticonvulsants have been used as a mood stabilizer for people with rapid cycling bipolar disorders. And also, some antipsychotic drugs are used as treatment for agitation in acute manic episodes.Psychotherapy is often used alongside medications. In this therapy, your doctor will ask you to try to detect patterns leading up to episodes of bipolar disorder. This will help identify the trigger for your episodes. This counselling provides strategies on how to manage stress and how to cope with uncertainties. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is used by doctors mainly on sufferers who have severe depression and have suicidal tendencies. This is also used on people who dont react to the medication.No treatment will work without the patients full cooperation. Of course the sufferer would need to religiously take his medication to ensure continued mood stability. Also, avoid alcohol and illicit drugs. And before taking new medications, consult the doctor for safe administration.Coping with bipolar disorder is not easy. However with the full support from friends and loved ones, things will get better.
Asthma is a serious condition affecting millions of people. Its rapid rise among all developed countries is cause for deep concern. In response to this alarming trend, researchers are working diligently to find more effective treatments for those already diagnosed with the disease, and possibly a cure to stop its progression.According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Asthma is a chronic lung disorder of enormous public health importance that affects 10 to 12 percent of the population; it disproportionately affects children, minorities, and persons of lower socioeconomic status. Asthma is the leading cause of school absences and the most common cause for childhood emergency room visits. The economic cost of asthma surpasses 12 billion dollars annually.Despite an increase in our understanding of the progression of the disease, the effects of allergy triggers on the body and the way our bodies react to them, and the great strides in diagnosing and treating asthma, the number of people diagnosed, sick or that have died from the disease continues to rise.Our lungs are filled with hollow tube like passages that resemble the branches on a tree. These passages gradually become smaller and smaller ending in tiny pockets where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged. For those with asthma, swelling in the hollow tubes that fill the lungs makes breathing difficult and uncomfortable. This inflammation causes an increased sensitivity to allergens and a host of other asthma triggers like exercise, medications, stress, pollution, humidity and even laughter.The symptoms of asthma vary from person to person; early morning or late night coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, fatigue, anxiety and shortness of breath are all common. Allergen induced asthma usually becomes apparent before the age of 35. Non-allergic asthma usually has its onset in middle age and can be triggered or worsened by reflux disease, exercise, weather changes and illness.Research is underway in several key directions, and on a global scale, to find more effective treatments and possibly even a cure for asthma. Secondary intervention studies, risk assessment, environmental intervention and assessing allergen exposures all allow researchers to explore different treatment options to deal with the symptoms of those who already have asthma. Studying the genetics and hereditary components of the disease, and the pathogenesis and mechanics, may someday lead to a cure.Research progress is dependant on funding, and the participation of those who have or are at risk of developing asthma either through lifestyle or genetics. Funding for research comes from many sources: private companies and foundations, private citizens, corporate donations and government grants but money is often scarce; and with so many important and deserving projects, the competition for gaining the needed funding can be fierce.Great strides have been made in the area of asthma, but the steady rise in new cases suggests that greater strides are necessary. Researchers all over the world are working hard to develop new treatment modalities and possibly even a cure for this chronic and often debilitating disease.