The trend is changing now as the elderly appears to be healthier than younger generation. Different types of stress have changed the statistics. So if you have some new symptoms, then get the investigations done. Always have baseline heart examination including cholesterol and ECG and follow doctor’s advice.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of U.S. women, causing more than 460,000 deaths annually. So, irrespective of gender, always have baseline heart examination including cholesterol and ECG.
Not necessarily because heart attack can be a silent killer. A thin person can have high cholesterol. The
symptoms of tiredness, nausea, sleep disturbances, chest heaviness after routine or heavy work should be
Putting all of this in context is important. Not all unusual symptoms leads to heart disease. But if you
have risk factors, pay attention to how you feel. New or changing symptoms, even if not typical, could be a
sign of danger.
Contrary to this you should do moderate exercise for about thirty minutes every day. Though, it has to be recommended by doctor and should be tailor made for you.
You should reduce the amount of saturated, partially hydrogenated fat and trans fat. But do eat low fat dairy products, nuts, olive oil, and fishes high in Omega 3 fatty acids.
Cholesterol comes in blood mainly from two sources, food and through liver. Cholesterol lowering agents like Statins reduce the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. This causes
reduction in the level of cholesterol, which, in turn, reduces the amount of cholesterol deposited in your
arteries. If you take a statin and continue to eat foods that are high in cholesterol plus saturated fat, the
drug will not be effective, and your cholesterol level will not fall, and may even rise. So be always be
aware of your eating habits.
In diabetics, the anti diabetic agents will protect against the micro vascular complications but not macro vascular complications. The big blood vessels also get atherosclerotic and diseased. By maintaining blood
pressure and cholesterol we can reduce the risk of heart attack.
After the first year of quitting, the risk of heart attack comes down by almost 50% irrespective of your age, number of cigarettes or number of years you have smoked, and by the end of ten years, it is almost similar to a nonsmoker.
Patients are afraid about infection risk which is almost nil nowadays with latest asceptic techniques in Operating theatres and Intensive care wards
Patients are worried about getting back to active life after cardiac Surgery. Within 6 to 8 weeks, patients are back to normal life. Patients start to walk home after 5 days of surgery.
Pain, is very much manageable after cardiac surgery with simple Paracetamol 4 times daily.
After bypass surgery, patient can have a normal life span.