Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. It is always working to pump oxygen enriched blood to the rest of the body. Knowing this, it shouldn’t be hard to realize that we should be looking out for our heart’s wellbeing in order to improve our own. Unfortunately heart disease is currently the number one killer of Americans annually. The best way to prevent this is to look into some activities and lifestyle changes we can do to help our heart last as long as possible.
Choose healthy meals and snack options. Changing your diet to a diet low in salt, trans fat, and cholesterol will lower the amount of cholesterol in your blood and lower your blood pressure. When you want a snack, look for foods that are high in fiber like fruits and vegetables.
Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. Being overweight can significantly increase your chance of heart disease. In order to maintain a healthy weight, make it a habit to exercise regularly. Physical activity lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, not to mention it’s a great way to relieve stress on your heart and on your mind. It is recommended that you should exercise for about 30 minutes every other day of the week.
A healthy heart requires a healthy lifestyle. To find out more information about your heart and how you can keep it healthy and updates on cardiac monitoring, visit our website or contact Medicomp, Inc today.
President Lyndon Baines Johnson understood that even in his time, heart disease was a serious problem in America. That is why he declared February American Heart Month. The formal designation for this proclamation began in 1964, making February 2014 the 50th anniversary since its designation.
It is important to remember this occasion and the purpose of the month because it sparked change in our nation’s health research history. In 1960, about 662,000 Americans died of heart disease and 924,000 died as a result of cardiovascular diseases. Compare that to recent years, when in 2010 only 600,000 died of heart disease and 784,000 from cardiovascular diseases. While at first glance this may not seem like much, but when you compare the population of America at the time, these numbers have new meaning. The population between those two years has grown by over 72 percent. Taking this into account, the number of Americans saved by the progress of cardiovascular research has been in the tens of thousands.
This is a testament to the importance of American Heart Month. All modern medicine, technology, and knowledge of the heart and the cardiovascular system can be attributed to one thing: research. American Heart Month made people more aware of a problem, and this resulted in more research and, as a result, discovery.
Heart disease is still the leading killer of Americans annually, even more than all forms of cancer combined. That is why the continued research and discovery of heart health is so necessary. The numbers show that there has been a great deal of progress since the start of American Heart Month, and the numbers will continue to show that as the years go on. To find out more about American Heart Month, about cardiovascular research and about cardiac monitoring, visit the Medicomp, Inc website today.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women each year. About one in four deaths are caused by heart related illnesses annually. However, as our understanding of the heart and heart related illnesses improves, we find new ways to keep our hearts healthy. Many risks can be decreased or eliminated by making some simple life changes and choices in our everyday lives. American Heart Month is an important month because it helps to raise awareness to Americans on how they can improve their heart health. Here are a few ways you can promote American Heart Month:
Encourage your friends and family to increase their physical activity. Let your community know that taking a little time out of the day to move around, and sweat can increase the heart’s strength. Exercise also helps the body burn fat; an excess amount of fat makes it hard for the heart to keep a steady rhythm.
Encourage your friends and family to stop smoking. Inform your community that in addition to the damage caused to the lungs by smoking, the heart suffers severe strain as it tries to pump smaller and smaller amounts of oxygen to the rest of the body. The chemicals in cigarettes also cause the walls of our veins and arteries to constrict and allow cholesterol to build up more easily.
Raising awareness is the first step to making changes. If you would like to help raise awareness for American Heart Month, there are several simple ways to do so, start with a social media campaign. Social media makes all information easy to spread around. So spread the word to your friends and family and ask them to do the same. It’s the easiest way you can help raise awareness. To find out more about keeping your heart healthy and cardiac monitoring, contact Medicomp, Inc today.
Exactly 10 years ago the American Heart Association started what is known as National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of the #1 killer of women worldwide. Heart disease kills one in three women annually, that’s more than all forms of cancer combined. Despite this, studies show that only one in five women are aware of just how threatening heart disease is. That’s why women wear red on February 7th, to help raise awareness of heart disease prevention and treatment.
Wearing red is an easy and fun way to help spread awareness and there are a lot of different ways you can show your support! Check out some of the ways you can show your support for heart disease awareness:
Rock a red dress. Although not thought of as much as a little black dress, a little red dress can be a fun way to get into the spirit of the day.
Carry a red handbag. A red handbag is a great accent piece that will make your outfit pop and it will grab the attention of all those around you.
Wear red casually. Nationally Wear Red Day is on casual Friday! You don’t have to support the cause formally. Wear a plaid button up or a red cardigan with jeans.
It’s chilly! Sport a red coat. The winter months call for warm attire, so wearing a red coat or scarf is a great way to stay warm and raise awareness.
Be bold in your red top. A classy red blouse will look great over a pencil skirt and under a blazer. Dress it up with heels or down with jeans and flats.
This is the perfect day to wear those amazing red pants. Red colored skinny jeans or cords are fun and fresh, and they’re the perfect way to voice the cause.
Accent your look with red jewelry. For those who are not fans of red, or who just have red jewelry already on hand, accenting your outfit with red jewelry is an easy way to make your outfit pop.
Get a red nail manicure. Vibrant nail polish is a great way to grab attention, especially when it’s a strong red color.
Show your support with red shoes. Shoes can say a lot about a person, and wearing red shoes will scream it’s time to raise awareness.
Red lips are always in style. Red lips are bold and proud, and so is the spirit of National Wear Red Day.
However you chose to get into the spirit of National Wear Red Day don’t forget to have some fun with it! This is the 10th birthday of national wear red day, so go BIG! No matter how you choose to wear red, you’ll be helping to raise awareness for a devastating disease that takes away our mothers and daughters. Wear red and show your support in the effort to defeat heart disease in women.
The American Heart Association (AHA) has released their Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update for 2014. This update reports on the number of people affected by heart disease and stroke in the previous year and makes predictions for the new year. In America, heart disease is reported as being the number one cause of death per year, while stroke closely follows in fourth place. On a worldwide scale, women die as a result of heart disease more than all other forms of cancer combined. Despite the advances in medicine and medical practice the number of deaths caused by heart disease has only dropped by about 39 percent in the last decade. While this may seem like a high number concerning a drop in fatalities, the fact remains that heart disease is still the number one cause of death in America.
To reduce the risk of heart disease the AHA encourages everyone to keep track of these seven factors.
Smoking – Smoking has adverse affects on all parts of the body, especially the heart. It introduces chemicals that cause veins to become inflamed and block the passage of blood, increasing blood pressure and increasing the chances of blood clots forming in the veins.
Physical activity – Staying active and taking time for leisurely physical activities will reduce the chances of encountering heart problems.
Healthy diet – Maintaining a healthy diet that is low on salts and high in grains will help reduce unwanted amounts of stress on the heart.
Body weight – Similar to maintaining a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy body weight will reduce the amount of work your heart has to do to pump blood to all parts of your body.
Cholesterol – Cholesterol on its own is actually important to keeping us healthy, but it is important to maintain a healthy level and avoid foods that will increase it to an unhealthy amount.
Blood pressure – Having high blood pressure creates stress on the heart and arteries in the body so monitoring and preventing high levels is a must.
Blood sugar – High levels of sugar in the blood can damage the heart and increase the risk of contracting diabetes.
To learn more about how to maintain a healthy heart and cardiac monitoring, visit the Medicomp Inc. website today and get started on the journey to improve your heart health.
An abdominal aortic aneurism is a serious medical condition that, if left untreated, can lead to death. One of the worst parts about this aneurism is that it often displays no symptoms or signs of its presence before it causes problems. To put it simply, an abdominal aortic aneurism is a bulge that forms in the abdominal section of the aorta, the largest artery in the human body, which stretches and weakens the walls of the aorta.
These aneurysms develop over several years before they rupture and disrupt blood flow to the lower part of the body. Catching the aneurism in its early stages is crucial to taking action that can reduce the chances of it rupturing. To understand how you can detect an abdominal aortic aneurism, it is important to understand who is at risk and who you can see to get tested.
Patients that have the highest risk of an abdominal aortic aneurism are men over the age of 65 who have a history of smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and/or a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms. If you fall into one of these categories, it is strongly advised that you talk to your doctor about getting screened for signs of an abdominal aortic aneurism.
Screening for an aneurism is as simple as scheduling an ultrasound. If the ultrasound reveals an aneurism, talk to your doctor about the steps you can take to reduce expansion. This includes putting an end to smoking, monitoring and maintaining healthy blood pressure, and discussing an exercise plan with your doctor. You should be screened for an aneurism every five years.
A major part of heart health maintenance is getting regular checkups and tests when you are at risks of contracting one of the various forms of heart disease. To learn more about the heart and cardiac monitoring, visit the Medicomp Inc. website today.
The heart is the hardest working muscle in the body, pumping blood through the veins of the body at a steady pace without a moment of rest. It stands to reason that keeping out unnecessary stress on the heart would be essential to improving the overall health of an individual. However, with the temptations of delicious treats it’s not hard to see why people forget about what is best for their hearts in order to enjoy some sugary foods. It is important for people to understand the effects consuming sugar on a regular basis has on the body, and a recent study has revealed just how damaging sugar is on the heart.
Researchers have understood for a long time how high sugar levels and diabetes can put extra stress on the heart, however, they did not understand how exactly it affected the tissues in the heart itself. The results of the recent study revealed that sugar adds stress to the heart by decreasing the functionality of the heart’s muscles, ultimately leading to the failure of the afflicted tissue.
This stress was further increased in patients suffering from high levels of cholesterol and high blood pressure. The findings of this test were supported by the observations of patients that used sugar-blocking drugs like rapamycin. These patients showed reduced amounts of stress and damage on the heart when exposed to the same levels of sugar. Overall the findings of this study played a significant role in understanding how sugar causes muscle damage and leads to increased chances of diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
Keeping a healthy heart is the first step to attaining a healthy body. Maintaining a low sugar diet is an easy way to keep unwanted stress and damage off the heart. To learn more about keeping a healthy heart visit the Medicomp Inc. website today.
Exercise is essential to maintaining a healthy heart in people of all ages. Physician’s report that a regular exercise schedule will benefit senior citizens far more than their younger counterparts. This should come as no surprise, as we get older our bodies begin to lose their natural ability to maintain a strong metabolism, which is vital for giving us energy and a healthy body. Therefore it is important for senior citizens to exercise and energize their bodies. Here are just a few benefits that will come from a regular workout routine.
Maintain heart health – Exercise has always been a key factor in keeping hearts healthy. This is important for senior citizens because it will reduce the risk for heart disease, increase blood circulation, and reduce the risk for diabetes.
Increase muscle mass – Lifting weights or taking walks helps to retain or increase muscle mass. This is important in countering the natural atrophy of muscles that happens when we age. Increasing muscle mass also removes unwanted fat and reduces stress.
Improves mood – When we exercise, our body releases endorphins that have a positive effect on our mood. Having a positive attitude improves senior citizens’ ability to handle stressful situations and face problems head on.
Promotes Independence – Overall, when senior citizens exercise, they improve their ability to live independently. Independence is important to many senior citizens, and maintaining regular workout schedules helps them retain their independence.
Maintaining a healthy body is important for everyone, and exercise is a key factor in staying healthy. As senior citizens get older, it becomes more difficult for them to keep a consistent workout schedule that promotes a healthy and independent lifestyle. If you know a senior citizen, let them know how important it is for them to exercise and help them get on a workout schedule that fits their needs this year. To find out more about keeping a healthy heart and cardiac monitoring, visit the Medicomp Inc. website today!
If you’ve ever felt like you heart has skipped a beat, you have experienced a cardiac event known as arrhythmia. An arrhythmia is an irregularity with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. Common signs of arrhythmia include fainting; feeling dizzy; and palpitations, which are the feelings of your heart skipping a beat, a fluttering of your heart, or an irregular beating of your heart. You may have noticed palpitations from time to time throughout your life or only just felt them recently. In either case, the presence of palpitations could be a sign of a serious heart problem, so your doctor may recommend using a heart monitor to get information on the patterns of your heartbeat. However, you might be surprised to know that doctors have only recently begun accepting this as a recommended form of arrhythmia monitoring.
Years ago, patients could only have their arrhythmias monitored in a hospital because the technology in those days where limiting due to their size and upkeep. As technology advanced, the availability of portable monitoring stepped into the scene, but not necessarily the spotlight. Doctors didn’t like the new devices because at the time of their creation, they were unreliable. Short battery life, patient reliant recording, and still cumbersome equipment made doctors more likely to recommend the more reliable machines in the hospital. Only as the years progressed, and advances to the technology were made did doctors warm up to and rely on at home monitors to make their diagnosis.
Technology has only continued to advance from there, making it more efficient and convenient for doctors and patients alike. Medicomp has continued this tradition and presents its latest contribution to portable heart monitoring: the SAVI AIR Wireless Event Monitor. This wireless monitor offers the highest clinical yield available and contains the largest amount of storage space available for a monitoring device.
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Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. With this in mind, it’s clear that making sure your heart is working at its best is important. However, a simple visit to the doctor might not be enough for your doctor to understand what is going on inside your heart. That’s why your doctor may recommend using a Holter or Event monitor to gain a clearer understanding of your heart’s rhythm. Are you curious about these devices? Here are a few things you should know about the Holter and Event monitors.
What are they? Holter and Event monitors are portable medical devices that record the heart’s electrical activity. They are made up of two parts: the sensors that are placed on your skin that detect the electrical activity, and the recorder that records the activity the sensors read. The device records this activity over a span of about 24-48 hours for Holter monitors and up to 30 days for event monitors. During this time, you simply go about your daily activities.
Why would I need one? Holter and Event monitors behave similarly to the big ECG machines in doctors’ offices. However, the machines in doctors’ offices only record a few seconds of activity, so if there is no irregularity during that time, then there will be no information for your doctor to use for a diagnosis. Holter and event monitors can record for longer periods of times, and record your heart during activities that might provoke irregularities more consistently. With this information, your doctor will have a much easier time making a diagnosis and can recommend treatment if necessary.
Are there any risks? The only associated risks with Holter and event monitors are minor skin irritation and allergic reactions to the patches and any resin needed to make them stick to your skin. These symptoms will lift when the patches are removed.
Make sure you check with your doctor if you notice any irregular beating in your heart. If your doctor recommends using a heart monitor, ask about Medicomp’s monitors. These monitors have been tested to be the toughest and most technologically advanced monitors in the industry with the highest clinical yield.