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Heart purposes and obesity threats

Heart purposes

Heart purposes and obesity threats. Poor weight management is very dangerous for the functions of your heart

Heart purposes and obesity threats: Overweight and Obesity

The heart is a special organ and anything affecting it leaves a scar and scare not just to the individual victim, but to the whole family. When this happens, the heart functions are hindered and the family programs equally come to a halt at times. Our focus in this article is going to be on poor weight management as a tool that can affect the heart purposes badly.

We are going to be seeking the professional input of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President, and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center to be precise and professional. We are all alive because we bear some weight. Weight is a component in life that we cannot ignore but like in any other good thing under the earth, when its application is done in excess it becomes dangerous and prisoners. In the same way as human beings, we must have a certain degree of weight from all the good reason. However, when weight is in excess, it becomes a problem to the human body and hence the saying “too much of something is dangerous”.

Like we have said the heart is an important organ in the body and its functions must be perfect, regular and consistent all the times. Let’s, therefore, acquaint ourselves with the definitions of certain terms for a better understanding. The terms “overweight” and “obesity” refer to body weight that’s beyond what is considered healthy for a given height. It is believed that in America alone, more than two-thirds of the adult population is overweight with about one-third of these adults being obese. Overweight and obesity are measured by the use of body mass index (BMI). For an adult, the normal weight is a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 anything 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight while a BMI of 30 and more are obese.

Heart purposes and obesity threats: Health risk involved

Being overweight or obese can raise your risk of CHD and heart attack. This is mainly because when it comes to the relationship between obesity and heart failure it’s always very complicated. Obesity is intimately interwoven with multiple health conditions that underlie cardiovascular disease including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes and
  • Abnormal blood cholesterol

Away from all this, being overweight is a common consequence of heart-damaging lifestyles like lack of exercise and a fat-laden diet. For some time now, scientists have suspected that excess fat tissue, especially around the waist, has a direct effect on heart structure and function, even without the association of other heart disease risks. In pursuing this philosophy, researchers evaluated some 950 older individuals of different weights for signs of left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction a condition characterized by changes in the structure of the heart’s main pumping chamber (left ventricle), which prevent it from filling sufficiently between beats. Although LV diastolic dysfunction can be symptomless, it reliably predicts future heart failure. (Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle weakens or stiffens to the extent that it can no longer meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen.)

In this study, the subjects were separated into three weight groups that are normal, overweight, and obese based on their body-mass index (BMI). Each subject underwent a noninvasive echocardiogram exam to measure the dimensions of the heart, muscle thickness, and filling capacity of the left ventricle. It was then established that the overweight and obese participants were more prone to abnormal diastolic function than the normal weight individuals. Nonetheless, when the researchers controlled for the effects of the other risks, the overweight and obese subject still had up to a 60% higher chance of having LV diastolic dysfunction. It also made a difference how much extra body fat the person carried. The risk of abnormal heart function went up 4% for each point increase in BMI measurement. Looking at the dangers attached, timely professional help is highly recommended and scheduling an appointment with doctor Akoury should be your starting point.

Heart purposes and obesity threats: Overweight and Obesity



Cardiac toxicity treatments prevention

Cardiac toxicity treatments

Cardiac toxicity treatments prevention with the professionals

Cardiac toxicity treatments prevention: The heart muscles

The cardiac toxicity treatments prevention is that important that we must do all it takes to embrace. We can only be safe from dangers of cardiac toxicity complications if the preventive approach is given a chance. Experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD reiterates that all heart problems can be prevented by changing our lifestyle and putting drugs away. Nonetheless, where we already have the problem, we can use the following treatment options:

Limiting cumulative dose of drugs

One of the ways to prevent cardiac toxicity is by limiting cumulative dose of drugs that damage the heart, and more so the anthracyclines. We have a defined amount of doxorubicin that can be given with a lesser risk of complications, like for instance if your total dose of doxorubicin is less than 550mg/m2, you may just have about 1% of experiencing cardiac toxicity. On the other hand, when your total dose of doxorubicin is said between 560mg/m2 and 1155mg/m2, your risk is likely to go up to 30%.

Besides that experts have also established that individual patients will tolerate differently the medication of doxorubicin. Some patients may receive high doses of doxorubicin without ever developing heart damage while some have problems at relatively low doses of even less than 550mg/m2 total dose. These variances are all applicable when making effort in preventing the prevention and treatment of cardiac toxicity.

Cardiac toxicity treatments prevention: Administration process

It has been noted in certain cases that there is some supporting evidence that the method of drug administration may affect the risk of cardiac toxicity. Rapid administration of drugs, for instance, may result in high blood levels, which is likely to cause more heart damage than if the same quantity of drugs given over or spread over a longer period of time. In other words giving smaller doses of the drug more frequently can be a perfect prevention and Treatment of cardiac toxicity since it will be instrumental in decreasing the toxicity compared to large doses of drugs at longer intervals.

Cardiac toxicity treatments prevention: Liposomal anthracyclines

The risk of cardiac toxicity from anthracyclines has been reduced by making them in a different way. Liposomal anthracyclines have been encapsulated or enclosed in a liposome, a tiny globule of fat. Because of its capability to hide the drug in fat, it is able to stay in the body much longer because the immune system doesn’t target it for elimination and the liver doesn’t break it down as quickly either. The currently ongoing studies indicate that the risk of heart problems is considerably lower with liposomal doxorubicin formulations than with conventional doxorubicin. Types of liposomal anthracyclines include: Liposomal daunorubicin (DaunoXome®) and Pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (Doxil®)

Pegylated liposomal doxorubicin has been studied most extensively and has demonstrated the most significant reductions in heart problems. Pegylated liposomal doxorubicin has shown a similar anti-cancer effect to doxorubicin, but with less cardiac toxicity. Finally, understanding preventive treatment approach of cardiac toxicity may be hard for many and if you are, then you may want to call doctor Dalal Akoury MD a veteran professional in preventive treatment approach and she will be of great help for you.

Cardiac toxicity treatments prevention: The heart muscles



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Protecting heart functions from diabetes

Protecting heart functions

Protecting heart functions from diabetes and other health complications for the general good health of the body

Protecting heart functions from diabetes: Blood sugar control

Diabetes diseases is a serious threat to the heart functions. And because of the increase in diabetes infections, protecting heart functions from it must be prioritized. We spoke to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury about this and it is evident that if one has diabetes, he/she be on treatment program by controlling blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. These will help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. Doing this will mean that the patient must be physically active, eat a healthy diet, stop smoking and ensure a healthy weight. Besides these, the following are also important.

Family history

Coming from a family history of the cardiovascular disease makes you have higher risks of developing cardiovascular diseases like coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack, heart failure and stroke. You will be considered to have a family history of cardiovascular disease if: Your father or brother was under the age of 55 when they were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or your mother or sister was under the age of 65 when they were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. If this is the case, you need to consult with your physician immediately for timely evaluation.

Protecting heart functions from diabetes: Effects of family history

Genes can pass on the risk of cardiovascular disease, and they can also be responsible for passing on other conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. There’s no single gene that increases your risk of getting heart disease. It’s likely that several genes are responsible. Lifestyle habits, such as smoking or poor diet passed on from one generation to the next can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Protecting heart functions from diabetes: What you can do about family history?

This is very important but unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about your family history. Having a family history of cardiovascular disease is sometimes called a ‘non-modifiable’ risk factor meaning that it’s a risk factor that you can’t change. However, whilst you can’t change your family’s background, you can choose your lifestyle.  So even if you have a family history, you can reduce your risk of getting the cardiovascular disease by controlling other risk factors by:

  • Being physically active
  • Eating well
  • Keeping to a healthy weight and body shape
  • Not smoking
  • Managing high blood pressure
  • Managing high cholesterol, and
  • Controlling diabetes, if you have it.

Finally, your risk of developing cardiovascular disease also depends on other things including your age. According to the several research findings, it has been established that the older you are, the more likely you are to develop cardiovascular disease. Therefore it is advisable that you be on top of everything when it comes to protecting your health. Talking to the experts is one way of being in the know. I would want to beseech you to call the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center and schedule an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury for a comprehensive review of your health and treatment where is applicable.

Protecting heart functions from diabetes: Blood sugar control