Health: Heart


I decided to a site on the heart as I've been hearing a lot on physical heart issues. The first one was forward prayer chain mail of a local former church member...

"Hello Again -
Pat here, just saw (anonymous) in the St. Cloud hospital, got to visit and prayer for her, she looked good. She just had a stent put into an artery in her heart, it was that or triple bypass so she chose the stent. It was put in through an atery starting in the groin area so there is pain yet in the groin, heart and her arm.."

Stent

  • Stent Procedure, from americanheart association
  • Triple Bypass

  • Post-Triple Bypass & Valve Replacement Concerns, from medhelp
  • Another is actually a local church member, who has ulcers...

  • Mamas Health
  • Ulcers, from kids health

  • "Smoking is also associated with peptic ulcers. Smoking increases a person's risk of getting an ulcer because the nicotine in cigarettes causes the stomach to produce more acid. Drinking a lot of alcohol each day for a period of time can also increase a person's risk of ulcers because over time alcohol can wear down the lining of the stomach and intestines.

    In certain circumstances stress can help cause ulcers. But this usually only happens in situations when illness involving severe emotional or physical stress is involved - such as when someone is so sick that he or she cannot eat for a long period of time. Ulcers occur because of uncontrolled increased acid production in the stomach and changes in a person's immune system (the body system that fights infection). With any illness where the body's ability to heal is challenged (such as when a person has been burned badly in a fire), there is a risk for developing ulcers.

    Signs and Symptoms
    Stomach pain is the most common symptom of an ulcer. It usually feels like sharp aches between the breastbone and the belly button. This pain often comes a few hours after eating. It can also happen during the night or early in the morning, when the stomach is empty. Eating something or taking an antacid medication sometimes makes the pain go away for awhile.

    Other symptoms of ulcers can include:

    loss of appetite
    sudden, sharp stomach pains
    nausea
    frequent burping
    weight loss
    vomiting (if blood is in the vomit or the vomit looks like coffee grounds, which only happens with severe ulcers, call a doctor right away)
    bloody or blackish bowel movements (this could indicate a serious problem, so call a doctor right away if you notice this)
    *my housemate just had a dream on this, which he woke up with a name of someone I know-yesterday (9/15/05)

    Anyone who thinks he or she may have an ulcer needs to see a doctor. Over time, untreated ulcers grow larger and deeper and can lead to other problems. An untreated ulcer can cause bleeding in the digestive system or make a hole in the wall of the stomach or duodenum, making someone very sick.

  • Cure for Stomach Ulcers, from ukonline
  • Cholesterol

    I work at the group home and we have folks with High Cholesterol problems, so I found some valuable info...

  • Checklists for Lowering Your Cholesterol, from American Heart
  • Cholesterol: What Your Level Means, from familydoctor

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  • American Heart Association

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