Congestive Heart Failure What Causes It?

Understanding What Congestive Heart Failure Is

IMG_0001 2Many people think that a disease like Congestive Heart Failure is when the heart has stopped working, but this is not true you see it’s the exact opposite of that it is when the heart pumps blood in a weaken state.

Blood will travel through the heart slowly, this will cause pressure to build up in the heart itself. What’s worse is that nutrients and oxygen flowing through the body, will have a hard time getting to different areas of the body itself thus forms the problem of deficiencies

IMG_0002The chambers of the heart will begin to stretch in order to continue to pump more blood through the body, the problem is however will be the restriction of the blood trying to travel through (due to the stiffness / thickness of the blood in the chambers of the heart).  The heart will lose it’s ability to pump blood that is needed for the body, the muscle walls of the heart will become weakened and as a result the kidneys will start to retain water (fluid) as well as salt in the body.

This will cause a condition known as Gout to take effect on the organs of the body as well as the muscle regions and it is a painful condition for the person to endure, the following bullet list will show where Gout can strike:

  • Arms (swelling / stiffness)
  • Legs (swelling / stiffness)
  • Feet & Ankles (swelling / stiffness)
  • Lungs & other vital organs (inflammation / internal bleeding)

When parts of the body is stricken by this condition, it will make the person feel very uncomfortable putting them into a congestive state of health. There are other diseases that can manifest from congestive heart failure such as Coronary Artery Disease or (CAD) which is when the arteries IMG_0004 3that suppiles the oxygen and blood for the heart become restricted (decreased), and just like the stomach (lack of food) if the heart cannot receive blood and nutrients (due to blockage in the arteries) it will become starved causing damage to the heart itself.

The next thing that can happen if the coronary artery is blocked completely and blood cannot enter through, will cause a heart attack as a result which is deadly and potentially fatal to the individual. Damage to the heart will occur, and can leave scarred tissue in the heart that does not fuction efficiently.

IMG_0003 2People who are alcohol / drug abusers that cause damage to their hearts is from the term called Cardiomyopathythis can cause the heart to become weakened because of the blood flow problems in the body, artery blockage (plague build-up). And the most common type of heart trauma can concur from extreme work conditions or tension that is placed on the heart, read the list ot find out more about heart diseases that can come from stressing the heart and hereditary traits that can also be a factor:

  • Thyroid Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disesase
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Heart Defects (present at birth / hereditary)

Any of the mentioned factor above can lead to heart disease, this doesn’t even include the fact that multiple conditions can also manifest within the individual.

Congestive Heart Failure: Symptoms That Manifest

The obvious part of Congestive Heart Failure would be the swelling and stiffness of theIMG_0005 muscles that will cause great pain and discomfort, other symptoms such as blood present in urine. The body does it’s part to warn you when it is in trouble, it does not matter what aliment you face it just matters that you recognize symptoms that can be trying to tell you that you need to seek immediate medical attention ASAP (as soon as possible). Such is the case for congestive heart failure and how it can savagely change a person’s health from excellent to mundane in a short period of time.

My Father fell victim to it in 2011, and in this it was very hard for me to sit and watch him just go from great health to barely being able to get out of his wheel chair when he had to go to partcipate in physical therapy sessions. For me it was very hard to phatom the very idea that he was dying and it was nothing me and my family could do about it… It just breaks my heart.

He had symptoms of gout that really took him through a lot of pain, his knees, hands, feet, & ankles were constantly swollen, and he had internal bleeding in the liver. He faced the same heart problems that many have faced each year from this viral disease, he also had other troubles that came about as well. On his 69th birthday I brought him a birthday card, and a few hours later he called me and said I’ll never forget this

“Why didn’t you get me a birthday card!”

I paused, my Mom paused, and we looked at each other then she turned to him and said.

“Baby, Jaye did get you a card it’s right there on your table tray.”

I knew then he was demostrating signs of Alzheimer’s Diseaseafter that I was lost in heavy thought and frustration because I was totally losing my Dad. A month after his birthday he lost his battle to the disease.

“Rest in peace Pops you don’t have to suffer anymore you’re finally free!” 🙂

Sorry I didn’t mean to get sidetracked but I hate to see anybody go through pain like that, but that was some of the symptoms that I witnessed myself when my Father suffered from this disease, and I wasn’t told in complete detials from my Mother of any other symptoms that he could have develop during his hardship with a list of aliments.

At the end of the article entry I will provide a link for you guys to learn other aliments that can concurr from it, but for now we have one more section to talk about in this passage so let’s hop to it shall we.

Congestive Heart Failure: Treatment Options

The doctor can provide many options that can help individauls that have heart problems, urgency in recognizing the symptoms (indicators) of it right away will help the doctor determine your diagnosis very quickly. Medication is a definite choice to consider when prescirbed by a physician, depending on your condition the physician should take great care in providing the proper medication for the individual’s aliment.

There are other medical drugs that can provide even more alternatives, the list below will state that meaning and effectiveness when used to manage symptoms of heart failure.

  • Diuretics & Digoxin – is prescribe by the physician which leads to the point of the medication’s purpose which is to help to reduce the buildup of fluid in the body, and at the same time help to strengthen and regulate your heartbeat; Digoxin is also referred by the name “Lanoxin”.
  • BiDil (isosorbide dinitrate/hydralazine) – This is a combination drug is used for people who still have remaining symptoms of heart failure, the combination of ACE inhibitor & beta-blocker can help the heart to fuction more efficiently. This drug has been under study and helps to improve the survival rate amongst African-Americans (studies are inconclusive whether or not BiDil would be effective for other ethnic groups) that deal with symptoms of heart failure.
  • ACE inhibitors & ARBs – Both enalapril and lisinopril are considered the focal point in terms of drug treatment for people that suffer with congestive heart failure. ACE inhibtors helps to improve the blood flow through the blood vessels, in the same process it also reduces the progression of (CHD)Blood pressure is also reduced, and the heartbeat is regulated to relieve stress as it pumps blood through the body (the heart does not strain itself which can bring about symptoms related to heart disease).
  • Aldosterone blockers – both eplerenone & Spironolactone can prevent activity of the hormone known as aldosterone, this medication is used for heart attack victims by reducing the sodium levels (it helps to regulate blood flow) it can also reduce the chances of both heart failure and hospitalization for the victim.
  • Beta-blockers – These combination drugs are known as metoprolol carvedilol will help the heart to fuction at it’s normal rate (relieves stress on the heart), it is an effective treatment medication option for people who suffer from congestive heart failure.

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A Cryoputic Health Spa… Really?

Cryotherapy Treatment Session: The Answer To Aches & Pains?

IMG_0015[1]Apparently for Lindsay Lohan as her and friend Brittany Byrd that decided it was time to take the “deep-freeze” challenge of the century, last time I heard anything about cryogenics was in the movie Demolition Man“. There is no one I think that didn’t see that movie with the most crazy plot that you could think of, it’s where two mortal enemies John Spartan (played by Stallone) and Simon Phoenix (played by Snipes) wound up getting put into a maximum lock-down cryogenic prison for 36 years (full sentence was *until Phoenix* was released 70 now that’s down-right cold!!)

IMG_0017[1]From what I remember bringing them back was a slow-paced process, thawing them out after being frozen wasn’t the problem. The problem was getting them back in terms of normal brain / body functions was difficult, and one would think how in the hell did they even survive being frozen for all that time anyway?

Good Q & A, but we’ll hold that off for another day.

The most interesting question would be…IMG_0017[1]

How does cryotherapy help the body to relieve aches and pains, and has said to be able to even stimulate the brain.

(John Spartan on ice in Cryo-prison *that just suck major moth-balls LOL!!)

Well here’s the low-down on this ideal health analogy.

Taking up a cryogenic freeze session can do a number of things for you (in a cryogenic spa), it can help to treat rheumatic diseases which means basically managing skin, inflammation, helps reduce weight-loss, and a shocker but can improve blood flow.

Now right off on the blood flow part, most people will turn around and say…

“But wouldn’t that slow down the flow of blood?”

“Wouldn’t that be considered hypothermia?”

Well to put it frankly, yes hypothermia would become an issue when the body is exposed to an extremely cold environment for a long period of time.

But that’s just it… You won’t be exposed for a long period of time LOL, that’s crazy you WOULD literally freeze into a pop-sickle no doubt there.

The key however is to utilize the various spa-freeze chambers’ conditions, and other part of the puzzle is the factor of time.

Cyrotherapy Treatment Session: (The Procedure)

So you start off here.

  1. You enter the first chamber with the room temperature set to -76 °F (-60 °C), the purpose of this is just to get the body adjusted to it’s environment in a time span of 10 seconds
  2. Then you exit the 1st chamber entering the second chamber, in here the temperature will drop all the way to a bone-chilling -166 °F (-110 °C) the time span may vary for some 3 minutes is the max time allowed

IMG_0014[1]While in the chamber you will still have to demonstrate movement because after all you will need to stimulate the blood in this manner, it’s basically the same thing you would do if you was outside on a cold winter day wearing a t-shirt and a pair of summer shorts LOL.

The next part is just like what I told you about the part in the demolition man movie, this is where John Spartan had to get re-adjusted to the room temperature after being thawed out from a deep-freeze and brought into normal room temperature setting. So it’s similar to how the treatment goes when exiting the freeze chamber, you are told to wait for a period of 30 minutes, this will give your skin time to re-adjust in temperature and the rest of the body will feel rejuvenated from the treatment’s effects.

Cryotherapy Treatment Session: (After Treatment)

IMG_0016[1]After all is said and done the main thing is just letting the body recover from the super freeze environment it was exposed to, but there are more benefits from the experience than many might think.

Check out the list of attributes from deep-freeze therapy:

  • Improves sleep disorders
  • reduces stress / fatigue
  • anti-aging
  • helps for sore muscles to recover faster (hence the basic idea of using an icy hot pack on muscles)
  • Can help to kill a hangover (yes that’s right if you did a lot of drinking the night before and you want to knock it out fast)
  • Help to improve the skin’s health (gives vibrance to the skin)

Cryotherapy Treatment Session: The Darksides

The darksides meaning your basic “downsides” when engaging in the cryogenic procedure may NOT be an option for everybody, one reason is the compilations it could possibly have on the body. So you have to keep in mind that your health is number most important with anything you do, and you know what that means (to do first) before you try this spa-chilling experience which is to ask your Doctor about it first.

Yes it’s like a broken record already I know, but let’s get real everything in this world can either make you sick, poison you, or cause other health issues you could never image that’s just the way it is. You have to take more responsibly in modern times now to follow up with your Doctor (care-taker), so let’s wrap this one up shall we.

Ask your Doctor if it’s ok to try out “Cryogenic Spa Treatments” 1st — the following list below is “RULED-OUT FROM TRYING” do to conditions people suffer from:

(WBCor “Whole-body Cryotherapy” was modality first utilized back in 1978 in Japan, it was to be a solution to rheumatic aliment issues. Studies have continued on 20+ years after proving it to be the answer to reducing symptoms of both inflammation and pain problems.

The intended target of the procedure are the skin’s cold receptors“, using extreme cold to heighten this receptors will in turn stimulate the nervous system by throwing it into shock. The 2nd target is the blood flow that lies under the skin surface and the extremities, the blood is redirected to insulate vital organs and regulate core temperature. This is done best in an Hypothermia & Hyperthermia type of environment (at 4.5 °C), at that temperature blood flow will fluctuate accordingly. 


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