Calcium channel blockers

Calcium channel blockers or calcium antagonists are used to treat various medical conditions. Let us find out more about calcium channel blockers from the following article. What are Calcium Channel Blockers? Calcium channel blockers are used to block the movement of calcium through calcium channels. These drugs block calcium from entering cells of the heart as well as blood vessel walls. This helps in reducing blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels by affecting the muscle cells in the arterial walls. They are therefore used as hypertensive medications for patients…

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Beta blockers

How do beta-blockers work? Beta blockers also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents, work by blocking the action of natural substances from binding to beta receptors on nerves at special sites in arteries, on the heart muscle and on some other muscles and organs. This blocking action prevents the natural substances from narrowing the arteries thus making the heart beat faster. Beta blockers widens the arteries, which in turn slows down the heart and thereby decreases its force of contraction. Uses Medical uses of beta blockers are:   Angina pectoris, which…

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Stent: Types of Stents, How Are Stents Placed?

Stents are tubes that are used to open up any constriction or blockage in the natural passages within the body. It can either be permanent or used as a temporarily to access a natural opening during a surgery. Stent: Overview A stent is a wire mesh made of stainless steel. It is shaped like a tube that helps keep an artery open and prevents it from closing. This tube becomes a part of the natural artery after the placement. In case of large arteries, stents are made of fabric instead…

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Secondary hypertension: Symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment

Secondary hypertension affects about 5-10% of all cases of high blood pressure. In the following article, we shall look into the details of secondary high blood pressure. Definition Secondary hypertension is high blood pressure caused by other underlying medical condition. The primary hypertension is a condition where there is no apparent or known cause for the condition to occur. In case of secondary hypertension, the cause is known and understood. Normal blood pressure is about 120/80, but when it rises above the normal value, it considered as high blood pressure.…

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What is Cholesterol? Risks and optimal amount of cholesterol levels

What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a soft fatty substance that is produced by the liver and also obtained from food substances such as dairy products, eggs (egg yolk is rich in cholesterol), meat and poultry. Cholesterol is a vital substance in the body for the normal functioning of various cells and tissues. However, cholesterol in high amounts (hypercholesterolemia) can get accumulated in the blood vessels and disrupt their functions. In general, the cholesterol in the body is transported from and to the liver by certain proteins and based on that…

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Warning signs of heart attack

Warning signs of heart attack. How to differentiate heart attack from heartburn National Institute of Heart defines heart attack as, “it happens when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked et oxygen”. The muscles of the heart start dying if blood supply is not restored immediately. The medical terminology for heart attack is myocardial infarction. Before a heart attack an individual might be experiencing the warning signs months before or that moment of attack. Often these signals are neglected. Therefore, to enhance your…

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Atherosclerosis : Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

Overview of atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis refers to the development of fatty deposits on the walls of the medium and large blood vessels. These fatty deposits commonly known as atheromas or atherosclerotic plaques obstruct the normal flow of blood through the blood vessels. Atherosclerosis is the most common type of arteriosclerosis (thickening of blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood in the body) and is sometimes used as a synonym of arterisclerosis. The blood vessels of the heart, brain, kidneys, legs and other vital organs may be affected either directly or indirectly. This…

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How to Control Blood Pressure without Medication

High blood pressure is not always hereditary, neither a mere side effect of the aging process. It can occur from your lifestyle and eating habits. Whatever be the cause, you can control high blood pressure through some home remedies. We explain you over here… Exercise is the best way Sedentary lifestyle is the most common reason behind mounting hypertension. Blood circulation inside your body is smooth and regulated when you exercise. Get your body moving at least for 15-30 minutes daily. Start walking, slow jogging or any activity that interests…

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Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

Transient ischemic attack, simply put is a mini stroke that lasts for a few minutes. The intensity of damage is less that a normal stroke despite showing up similar symptoms. TIA is a warning sign of future possibility of stroke. Causes of transient ischemic attack There are two blood vessels that carry blood to the brain, viz. the carotid artery and the vertebral arteries. If blood circulation halts for a few seconds in any of these arteries then you will experience a mini stroke. There are several reasons that lead…

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Treatment options in accordance to my lipid profile

Question: I am thin made and weigh 78 kg. I am 5’8″ tall. My lipid profile is as follows: total cholesterol: 204 mg/dL, LDL: 104 mg/dL, HDL: 40 mg/dL, VLDL: 60 mg/dL, LDL/HDL ratio: 2.6, triglycerides: 300 mg/dL. After visiting the toilet my heart starts pumping fast & I start feeling dizzy. Please provide me with treatment options. Answer: Hello and welcome to findritehealth Thank you for your interest in our forum. Let me help you by interpreting your lipid profile and providing you with the best possible treatment options.…

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