The Heart Need Our Care
The heart is considered as the essence of the life of human being. We must take good care of the heart as it pumps the oxygen to the rest of the body.
One of the leading cause of death in the world is the caused by the heart disease. It usually affects the older people although the younger age group is also affected by heart problem.
If the heart abnormality is detected since birth, it is called as congenital heart disease.
Older people are more prone to develop myocardial infarction (MI). It is an abnormal situation when there is infarction of the myocardial (muscle) layer of the heart. This means that the muscle layer of heart is dead and the heart cannot function very well.
First of all, I would like to state the initial abnormality of the heart before the MI is about to occur. It is termed as angina pectoris or angina alone. Angina is a condition where there is disparity between demand and supply of the blood to the heart. 2 Factors are responsible for this situation which is increased oxygen demand of the heart, and decreased oxygen supply.
The heart require more owygen to work efficiently but unfortunately the supply is less than needed. That’s why angina takes place and causes disturbances in the normal functioning of the heart itself.
Symptoms like central chest pain, discomfort, breathlessness are commonly told by the patients. It is also precipitated by exercises and relieved by rest. When someone is doing an exercise, the chest pain occurs. Upon stopping the exercises, the pain subsides.
How to manage this angina thing ?
Well, we should control the risk factors of the diseases. The risk factors include smoking, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, cholesterol level and stress.
The basic and easiest way is by controlling our diet. It should contain less cholesterol and sugar. Less cholesterol means less atheroma formation in the blood vessels which leads to control of blood pressure.
Besides that, following action should be applied :
1. No smoking at all. If you are a smoker, try to reduce the number of the cigarettes taken gradually until you have the strength to quit smoking once and forever.
2. Get the ideal body weight. Don’t give the chance for obesity to ‘tackle’ your body.
3. Do regular exercise. Minimum 20 minutes per day for 5 days.
4. Avoid exercise after heavy meal or after cold exposure. After eating, the blood goes to the stomach and intestine to supply the oxygen for metabolisation of the food. If someone is doing exercise, this does not happen and the food is not metabolised efficiently. It is also said that bath should not be taken after heavy meal for the same reason.
5. Take sublingual nitrate before anticipated exercise. This is advised to those having angina at the first place.
Other than controlling the diet, regular exercise like walking is beneficial to the body. It is the easiest way to maintain a healthy heart and a peaceful mind. When we take a walk regularly, our body will get used to it and the heart can function properly. Just imagine someone who is always resting on the bed only without some physical activity, how can we expect the heart to do a good job. It is just a waste thing to do.
I still remembered the attitude of Germany people when I was in Bonn back in 2005. In the morning, when they were going to work or to school, they walked pretty fast as if there was a sprint competition. They did not want to miss the buses or trains so that they had to walk faster. It is not a ‘lenggang lenggang kangkung’ style. =)
As I said earlier, the heart is a vital organ for us. Without it, tissues and organs cannot get the oxygen and lastly, organ failure may occur.
So, treat the heart as nice as possible, just the way you treat your wife.. (“,)