Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News on April 17th, 2014

Heart disease is a terrifying killer, responsible for the deaths of more men and women annually than all forms of cancer combined. It can occur without warning, and even if a patient survives a heart attack it only increases the chances of it happening again. Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in Canada have found a way to determine one’s chances of suffering a heart attack from nothing more than a simple blood test. Before, there was no approved blood test that could be used to accurately predict an individual’s risk of heart attack, but this new discovery has, so far, been successful in differentiating recovering patients of heart attacks and those who have never suffered a heart attack.

In simple terms, the test performs a fluid biopsy to identify the presence of endothelial cells in the bloodstream. Endothelial cells originate from the walls of arteries, and their presence in the bloodstream has been associated with ongoing heart attacks. Scientists believe that these cells enter the bloodstream when plaque builds up in the arteries, causing the walls of the arteries to rupture. The inflammation that follows increases the chance of blood clots, or blocks in the flow of the bloodstream. The procedure is referred to as the High-Definition Circulating Endothelial Cell (HD-CEC) assay, and scientists were able to identify the endothelial cells in patients who had already suffered heart attacks. When compared to patients who had never suffered a heart attack, the scientists were able to easily distinguish the patients of both groups.

Patients who had suffered a heart attack had higher concentrations of endothelial cells circulating in their blood than those who had not. The HD-CEC test even proved to be more accurate than the current standard in finding tumor cells, the CellSearch test. In theory, those who have not suffered a heart attack, but are at a higher risk will have higher levels of endothelial cells in their bloodstream, and scientists believe that the test is ready for regular patient testing.

To learn more about advances in cardiac monitoring and technology, contact us or visit MedicompInc.com today.

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring News,arrhythmia monitoring on April 10th, 2014

An arrhythmia is an instance where the heart beats irregularly. This can mean the heart beats too slowly, fast, early, or simply falls out of its normal rhythm. Arrhythmias are caused by factors such as genetics, substance abuse and mental stress, and in most cases they occur without any lasting consequences, but at their worst arrhythmias can be life threatening. Researchers in Canada have recently discovered the underlying causes to a particularly nasty arrhythmia that has been a mystery for decades and can cause sudden death: calcium-triggered arrhythmias.

Calcium is a key molecule in regulating the heart’s rhythm by affecting its electrical activity. The ryanodine receptor is a key mechanism responsible for the release of calcium ions in the heart, and it is this receptor that researchers focused on. They discovered that a calcium-sensing gate in the ryanodine receptor was responsible for creating large influxes of calcium that lead to calcium-triggered arrhythmias. The researchers reported that during their tests, manipulating the calcium sensor in mice, they were able to completely prevent calcium-triggered arrhythmias from happening. As a result, research is now being focused on creating medications that work to prevent arrhythmias in the same fashion that was performed during these tests.

Although this research is vital to saving the lives of future sufferers of calcium-triggered arrhythmias, prevention starts with the individual, and there are a few things people can do to cut down on their risks to suffering cardiac arrhythmias:

  • Cut down on alcohol and drug usage

  • Reduce intake of coffee

  • Stop smoking

  • Take time to relieve mental stress

  • Take steps to lower blood pressure

  • Keep track of medications, herbal treatments and dietary supplements

To find out more about arrhythmias, and efficient measures to maintaining a healthy heart, contact us or visit the Medicomp Inc. website today.

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News,Heart Health Tips on February 28th, 2014

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.

  • Take time to adequately rest. Being up and about most of the day is part of the American lifestyle, but taking time to get an appropriate amount of rest will give your heart a chance to slow down and relax.

  • Limit alcohol consumption. Your liver is not the only organ that suffers when you consume large amounts of alcohol. Too much alcohol can increase blood pressure which stresses the heart.

  • Cut cigarettes out of your lifestyle. Smoking hurts your heart as much as it hurts your lungs. Don’t start smoking, and if you already have, make plans to quit smoking immediately.

  • Monitor your cholesterol and blood pressure. Each of these subjects have been mentioned on the list before now because they both have a large impact on your heart’s overall well-being. Keep an eye on these and work to keep your levels healthy.

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.

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News,Heart Health Tips on February 24th, 2014

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.

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News on February 17th, 2014

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 families to adopt a healthier diet. Changing to a diet that is low in salt and cholesterol can relieve a lot of stress on the heart to pump blood through the body. Suggest the use of spices for seasoning food, instead of salt.

  • 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 medical professionals to promote heart health. Doctors and nurses can lead their communities and speak out about heart disease prevention. If you have friends who work in the medical profession tag them in your heart awareness social media posts so they can add to the conversation.

  • 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.

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring News,Heart Health Tips on February 6th, 2014

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.

    Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News on January 31st, 2014

    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.

    Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News on January 28th, 2014

    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.

    Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News on January 25th, 2014

    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.

    Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News on January 21st, 2014

    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!

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