Good cannabis for the heart?

The main active compound in cannabis may prevent the accumulation of fatty deposits in the arteries. Called atherosclerosis, this phenomenon may lead to heart attack or strokes. No question to make an apology for the seal, it is very low doses!

Despite its pain, cannabis remains little studied and little used by physicians. But a new discovery could permanently cut the grass under the feet of the therapeutic use of critics. Very low doses may prevent cardiovascular disease.

Good cannabis for the heart

Reduce the harm caused by atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is characterized by the buildup on the walls of the arteries of fat (lipid deposits) deposits forming atheroma plates, mainly composed of cholesterol. These plates more often accumulate in the large arteries (coronary arteries, brain…). This process is also marked by the intervention of the cells of the immune system. Come to repair the damaged vessels1, they cause inflammation. Result: This cascade of events causes a loss of elasticity and a narrowing of the vessels. The blood circulation is made difficult and can contribute to the formation of a clot (thrombosis), resulting sometimes in a myocardial infarction or cerebrovascular accident (stroke). Continue reading “Good cannabis for the heart?”

The pacemakers in ten questions

More than 40,000 cardiac pacemakers or pacemakers, are implanted each year in France. Do not be afraid of this small device will save lives and that has benefited many technical improvements in recent years. Some answers to questions you might still have to pacemakers.

1. What is a pacemaker?
As its name suggests, this device is used to stimulate the heart rhythm. It is used when the heart rate slows too much. The pacemaker box contains electronic circuits that are powered by a battery. With these components, the device analyses throughout the day the heart beat, detects the occurrence of abnormalities and, when they occur, triggers electrical stimulation that determines a heartbeat and prevents the possible emergence of a syncope. The pacemaker is thus action if the heart rate falls below a threshold, previously specified frequency, often 60 beats per minute. Some pacemakers are also equipped with a memory which offers the possibility to record information about the heart operation.

The pacemakers

2 – A destined pacemakers?
Heartbeat slowdowns are common in people who are getting older and may be related to underlying heart disease or not. With age, cardiac electrical activity, arising in the Atria can thus be less regularly or the transmission of electric impulses may be less efficient from the Atria to the ventricles of the heart. Cardiologists offer installing a pacemaker when the cardiac slowing can be corrected by medications alone. Continue reading “The pacemakers in ten questions”

Do forget your medications!

Regardless of the medium used, the important thing is to remember to take the treatment that you prescribed your doctor. Here are a few tips to help you.

If one of us does never wondered if he took his medication, he raises his hand. He certainly lies. Or is it there are a few tricks. In fact, everyone can find his own stuff. Here are some that offer physicians and pharmacists we interviewed.

Do forget your medications!

Small stuff
Medicines should be taken while you are not sick, those that we can forget about once without putting his life at risk, such as birth control pills, a treatment for cholesterol, etc., the easiest way is to “somewhere in the House through which it passes must be every day, even if it is not quite at the same time”. This place may be the bathroom, next to his toothbrush, the sugar bowl where the sugar substitutes of breakfast… Attention however, if you have children, never leave medication at their fingertips. Continue reading “Do forget your medications!”

Cardiac surgery: stents, a cure worse than the disease?

When a coronary artery becomes clogged, a small mesh called stent can there be inserted in order to keep it open. The last broadcast drugs reduce the risk of a new blockage. But today, these devices are accused of increasing mortality in the long term.

Fatty plaque formation in the arteries can lead to the formation of a clot and their obstruction. This blockage leads to a loss of breath and pain in the chest called angina pectoris. If the arteries are completely blocked, it is with destruction of heart muscle infarction and too often fatal. Facing this danger, the cardiac surgery strives to restore blood flow to the more quickly. But the most commonly used weapon turns today to be a veritable time bomb.

Cardiac surgery

-Bioactive stents in angioplasty
-To the rescue of the heart surgery
Surgery to achieve what was yesterday still unthinkable. Learn these techniques. Continue reading “Cardiac surgery: stents, a cure worse than the disease?”

The prowess of the cardiac surgery

Today, heart surgeons are able to realize yet what was unthinkable a few years ago: replace defective parts of the heart, adjust its beats, adapting new vessels, in short, offer a wide range of interventions tailored to each pathology. Is Doctissimo point on the techniques frequently used in hospitals and this therapeutic prospects offered by research.

Angioplasty or arterial dilatation
Since 1977, the angioplasty to restore normal blood flow in the arteries narrowed by plaque of atherosclerosis (build-up of cholesterol). It involves inserting into the clogged artery catheter end completed by a balloon, which once inflated, dilate the artery and allows recovery of blood flow.

cardiac surgery

But in the six months following this intervention, three complications may occur: an elastic recoil of the arterial wall decreasing its diameter, a proliferation of cells due to the healing of tissues and chronic vasoconstriction of the ship. This is what is called post-angioplasty Restenosis. You can then drop in a small wire mesh stent that such a spring, holds the artery open when the balloon is removed. It reduced the rate of Restenosis by 30% by limiting the elastic recoil and vasoconstriction, but it does not prevent cell proliferation. In this context, the use of ionising radiation could provide an effective solution. Continue reading “The prowess of the cardiac surgery”

What is Cardiology?

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in France. In addition to the general practitioner, cardiologist following some patients said to be at risk. Relying on more specific examinations and therapeutic arsenal more effective specialist takes your health very heart.

1. What is Cardiology?
Cardiology is the study of the functioning of the cardiovascular (heart and vessels) device and diseases affecting it.


2 – What are the diseases that treats the cardiologist?
Cardiovascular diseases are very numerous. Without claiming to be exhaustive, it nevertheless include the main: high cholesterol, heart failure, hypertension, myocardial infarction, pericarditis, endocarditis, pulmonary embolism, rhythm disorders…

3 – A time consult a cardiologist?
After consultation with your doctor, he may direct you to a cardiologist. In this case only, the consultation with the specialist you will be refunded. Continue reading “What is Cardiology?”

Phlebitis, thrombosis, embolism: what are your risks?

Phlebitis and embolism are both severe and relatively common but little-known conditions. The origin of these phenomena: thrombosis, a blood clot blocking an artery. How such accidents occur? Can we reduce the risk? The point with Doctissimo.

When blood clots form in a vein, the support is easy. On the other hand, when it comes to a deep vein (phlebitis), there is urgency. The clot (called thrombus) risk standing out, cause abrupt obliteration of a blood vessel, it is the most often pulmonary embolism. Hence the importance of carefully to know the risk factors for this disease.

Emergency situations
If you have a deep pain in a calf, accentuated when you raise your foot must be think of phlebitis. A quick reference to your attending doctor, followed if necessary an ultrasound will depart (or confirm) the hypothesis. Continue reading “Phlebitis, thrombosis, embolism: what are your risks?”

Expansion of the use of external defibrillators

In a cardiac arrest, the use of defibrillators to increase the chances of survival. Widely disseminated in public places across the Atlantic, the use of these devices remained limited in France. But a new decree has changed the situation.

There are each year in France between 30,000 and 60,000 heart attack. Against this scourge and in case of ventricular fibrillation, the prompt issuance of a suitable electric shock can restore a normal heart rhythm and save the person. External defibrillators today to do this with ease. Their dissemination should rapidly increase.

external defibrillators

Benefits against heart attacks
We know that more relief are involved early, the more the chances of survival. Every minute that passes reduces the chances of 10%. Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is spontaneously lethal. In the absence of support in less than 10 minutes, the chances of survival are stabilisation. On the other hand, if the victim receives an electric shock during the first minute, they are greater than 90%. Low weight and small size, automatic or semi-automatic equipment are able to analyse the heart rate prior to the issuance of a life-saving shock, a system of possible malfunction and even assistance to the actions to be carried out by the vocal instructions. Continue reading “Expansion of the use of external defibrillators”

How does it explore the coronary arteries today?

Prior fears a heart scan are good legitimate. Are but they based? In recent years, Cardiology (medical or surgical) has been the subject of such progress that these reviews are totally controlled and harmless.

Many reviews to explore the vascular network which irrigates the heart, some have lost their interest over time because they did not meet criteria for safety or modernity expected in this area. Others have earned their letters of nobility by offering a very satisfactory risk/benefit ratio. Therefore, if you are undergoing vascular explorations, you can rely on the experience of physicians and cardiac surgeons for more than two decades, enhancing their experience.

explore the coronary

The simplest and best known is the electrocardiogram (ECG). Its disadvantage lies in the fact that it traces the electrical activity of the heart at rest. Whenangina occurs only at the effort, the ECG may be quite normal. This is the reason why your doctor may prefer a stress test. Registration is thus closer to reality as he recreates the conditions of occurrence of the angina. There is an another more aggressive exploration as it is surgical instructions, which can view the status of your coronary arteries: coronary angiography is. These two explorations take place in a medical setting very strict, so that at the slightest problem, a team can intervene in an emergency. Continue reading “How does it explore the coronary arteries today?”

Can be done of the sport when the voltage?

When you have high blood pressure, sports is particularly recommended. Regular, moderate physical activity is part of the treatment. This Council of exercise could even be entered on the order in the same way as drugs!

If you exercise regularly, your blood pressure will drop by approximately “1 point”, so the figure higher than for the lower number. For example, a 16-10 voltage can drop up to 15-9.

High blood pressure

Exercising regularly is, in fact, good for the body, it’s a workout: get your heart to better contract used. If you are short of breath for some effort, after a few months of regular exercise you will longer. Continue reading “Can be done of the sport when the voltage?”