Cardiac catheterisation also helps to perform many medical procedures such as stenting.
There is a special device which has been designed for people with arrhythmia. As far as you know, sometimes abnormal heartbeat can be rather dangerous. Therefore, it is important to monitor any changes in the work of the heart. It can be made with the help of a portable heart monitor called Helter monitor. The device is recording the rhythm of the heart continuously during the whole day and night.
Event monitor is another type of a portable device used for monitoring heart rhythm. This monitor has a special button which should be pushed in case you feel any discomfort. Thus, the electrical rhythm of your heart will be recorded.
How the Heart Is Treated?
There are many ways of treating heart. The easiest way is a healthy diet which has already been partially described in this article. Obviously, one of the most crucial steps of the treatment is normalising the level of cholesterol in your blood system which can be maintained by eating less fatty food as well as an increased amount of oils rich in phytosterols. Phytosterols are recognised by organism as animal cholesterol which leads to cleaning the blood vessels of the pathogenic fraction of cholesterol.
An Appropriate Diet for Healthy Heart
Unfortunately, not everyone can cure his or her heart problems with normalising the level of cholesterol. There are many other factors which can aggravate the health condition of the heart. In order to help your organ to work properly, you should include the food rich in potassium and magnesium into your diet. Big amounts of magnesium can be found in chives, spinach, flax seeds, okra, broccoli, basil, dill, sunflower seeds, cacao, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, pine nuts, watermelon seeds, spearmint and sesame seeds. Almond, broccoli, spinach and Brazil nuts are also rich in potassium. Potassium can be found in Brussel sprouts, tomatoes, coconut, avocados, figs, kiwis, Swiss chard, cantaloupe, apricots, beets and bok choy. Why should you consume so much magnesium and potassium?
These two elements help to make the heart lining and muscles stronger. There are some heart conditions which can be treated with no surgical intrusion by appropriate diet.
Of course, in order to help your heart, you shouldn’t drink alcohol and caffeinate beverages. First of all, both of these types of liquids can cleanse your organism of various important microelements which help your heart to work properly. In addition to it, alcohol can make your blood thicker which can lead to the development of blood clots. One of the most dangerous state of health is a hangover, Therefore, if it difficult for you to resign from your favourite alcohol, you should at least avoid drinking an excessive amount of the beverages. Finally, caffeinate liquids increase your blood pressure and can change the heart rhythm. Pay your attention to the fact that not only coffee has caffeine, but also black tea, green tea, white tea as well as cocoa.
If you have problems with blood clots, you should be also attentive with foods and food supplements increasing the level of haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is transporting oxygen in your blood, thus, it is very important for your health. Yet, an excessive amount of this substance can lead to the creation of rather dangerous blood clots. If you already have problems with clots, eat less food containing iron which is used for the creation of haemoglobin. The examples of such products are pork liver, clams, beef spleen, potatoes, beans, lentils, fortified cereals and spinach.
Do not think that physical activity is not recommended for the heart health. People, who perform some exercises on a daily basis, make the muscles of the heart stronger. Of course, those people who already have problems with this organ should ask their doctors first before going in for sport. Some kinds of activities, for example running or aerobics can be dangerous for people with particular heart conditions since these types of exercises make the heart work more intensively.
It is also important to avoid drinking during active trainings or right after the trainings. Although your body is losing water all the time and it is important to deliver liquids to your organism, drinking a big amount of water during a training makes your heart work strenuously which is not advised. If you feel dehydrated, it will be better for you to drink small amount several times during the training. Do not consume the whole bottle of water at a time, though.
Angioplasty is a special procedure which is performed in case a person needs unblocking a coronary artery. In order to do it, a balloon is inflated inside a coronary artery which had been blocked or inflated. This helps to widen the artery. The artery can be kept open when a stent is placed there. Angioplasty is a part of cardiac catheterisation. Other names for angioplasty are PCI – percutaneous coronary intervention or PTCA – percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.
Coronary Artery Stenting
Another procedure which can be performed during cardiac catheterisation is coronary artery stenting. Coronary artery stenting is opening up the area of a blocked or narrowed coronary artery with the help of a wire metal stent. Thus, the blood flow can be improved which allows to avoid such dangerous conditions as heart attack and reduce chest pain which is also known as angina.
Thrombolysis is a special procedure used for busting blood clots. Thrombolysis used not only as a treatment of heart problems but also as a treatment of blood clots occurring in other parts of the body. When it comes to the heart, thrombolysis is using special clot-busting drugs. These drugs are injected into the veins in order to dissolve the clots. As it has already been said, if the blood clots will be delivered to the heart, they can cause a heart attack. Usually, coronary artery stenting is performed instead of thrombolysis. Yet, stenting can’t be done in each situation. When the health condition isn’t appropriate for this procedure, thrombolysis is performed.
Diuretics are also known as water pills. These are special drugs which can increase the fluid loss by urination. It is important for people with the symptoms of heart failure to use these water pills since they can reduce the volume of blood making the symptoms less intense.
Lipid- lowering Agents
You have already learnt about the diet which will help you to decrease the level of cholesterol in the blood vessels. Unfortunately, some people are suffering from such symptoms which indicate a rather advanced form of their heart problem. Then, it is better not to wait until healthy food will help to cleanse the vessels and reduce cholesterol with the help of lipid-lowering agents. They will reduce the possibility of having a heart attack.
Beta-blockers are needed when a person is suffering from a high heart rate or strain of this organ. The activity of beta-blockers helps to eliminate these symptoms and treat many heart problems such as arrhythmias and heart failure.
Aspirin, or, speaking more precisely, salicylic acid, has unique properties of prevention of the blood clots. This simple substance can be taken by anyone who is suffering from heart attacks. Pay your attention to the fact that this is one of the best remedies for people experiencing heart problems during hangovers. Yet, you should remember that this remedy can be taken after a meal since it can irritate the tissues of your stomach. In addition to it, you should drink a lot of water after taking this drug, since it can irritate your throat as well.
Clopidogrel is another medicine which is used in order to avoid the development of blood clots. Clopidogrel doesn’t allow platelets to stick together which leads to the occurrence of blood clots. Many patients with stents in their arteries take this medicine.