Acute Myocardial Infarction: What You Should Know
Acute myocardial infarction is among the major causes of premature death in the western world. The incidence of this condition approaches three million individuals annually, with over one million deaths in America each year.
Acute myocardial infarction is a myocardial embolism, or an infarct in a muscle, where the radial blood flow is blocked, usually by a large vessel wall.
The blockage is due to either physical blockage from the embolus or from the capillaries that supply the embolus or both. This condition occurs very rarely, but sometimes its complications are severe, requiring emergency treatment in the hospital.
There are three types of this condition
Acute ischemia is the most commonly diagnosed form of coronary artery disease, especially in young men. Symptoms may not manifest for hours or days after the heart attack, and at times, the symptoms are mistaken for other conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid dyspepsia.
Acute ischemia is the most common cause of immediate death from heart attacks and accounts for nearly a third of all deaths from cardiovascular disease. It accounts for most of the excess deaths from heart attacks and related deaths, in the United States. If left untreated, it can be fatal.
The more common sign of acute ischemia is chest pain, usually in the center of the chest. Chest pain is a sign that a myocardial spasm is developing and should prompt medical attention.
However, the symptoms of chest pain are fairly consistent and unmistakable. Sometimes, however, they remain unclear until emergency treatment is sought.
These possibilities to account for the relatively high mortality rate attributed to this condition, despite the fact that chest pain alone does not necessarily point to ischemia.
Subacute Myocardial Infarction (SIA) is characterized by at least one episode of chest pain lasting at least 24 hours. Unlike acute heart attack, which usually results in chest pain, a subacute heart attack causes a slow and labored breathing or rapid pulse.
A sudden, deep gasp for breath or shallow, labored breathing characterizes this condition. These conditions often mimic those of a heart attack, and, if not properly treated, can result in death. Subacute heart attack symptoms are also very similar to those experienced by patients with acute myocardial infarction.
The difference between these two diseases is that
The cause of acute myocardial infarction – a rupture of the myocardium – can easily be reversed, whereas, the cause of subacute heart attack – a buildup of an excessive amount of cerebrospinal fluid in the heart muscle – cannot be reversed.
In such cases, intensive care is needed to help the patient live as normal a life as possible, even though the prognosis is guardedly optimistic. In this main article, we will discuss both the symptoms and the treatment, associated with these conditions.
Symptoms of Acute Myocardial Infarction include but are not limited to
- Pain in the chest area
- Rapid, irregular heartbeat
- Increased risk of stroke
These symptoms can occur at any time, and at any place. However, these symptoms are most prominent within the first few minutes and quickly dissipate.
Generally, people with acute cardiovascular problems do not experience chest pain. The exception is a patient with sudden left ventricular arrest when pain is experienced.
People who have had their heart stopped due to chest pain or faint heart rhythm can have an increased risk of mortality, compared with healthy individuals.
Acute Myocardial Infarction can have many causes
The most common is chronic inflammation, which can be brought on by bacterial infections, allergic reactions, alcoholism, diabetes, or any other medical condition causing a drop in blood pressure.
Other causes include rheumatic fever, sepsis, and cardiac failure caused by an abnormal buildup of internal toxins. The symptoms of infarctions caused by increased risk factors, such as hypertension, are easily recognizable.
The primary treatment of acute coronary syndromes is active treatment of underlying causes. To this end, the patient should alter his lifestyle habits, including increased consumption of herbal remedies, regular exercise, and avoidance of known or suspected precipitating factors.
In addition, a new, more potent class of antihypertensive drugs called anticoagulants are being developed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. As with all cardiovascular medications, aspirin and other such drugs should be used appropriately and correctly, and side effects should be avoided.
Ayurvedic medicine has always been a mystery to me
I had heard of it from my father, but never really took the time to understand it fully. He’d heard of it, but I wasn’t quite sure. Then one day, while out at lunch with some friends, I heard this: “You know something about Ayurveda, aren’t you?
That’s a great concept! What have you got that could help me cure my son of cancer?” I was stunned. Then, he laughed and said, “You know something about Ayurveda, my dear – you’re a vegetarian too!” Then, slowly, he looked at me and said, “You know something about Ayurveda, you’re a kidney stone fan, too!”
Aged fifty-two, my father was diagnosed with kidney stones and soon became very ill. He was told by doctors that there was nothing they could do for him, and that he would be on dialysis for the remainder of his life.
The doctors didn’t discuss alternative treatments, and my mother, who is an avid Ayurvedic herbalist, didn’t think to ask about alternative medicines, even though she believed (like most people did at that time) in preserving his kidneys.
Several years later, my father was beginning to feel better. He took some herbs, which are still available to consumers today, and experienced wonderful health benefits.
Because the Ayurvedic path is such an effective way to heal, restore, and support the entire body, kidney disease isn’t the end of the world or the end of our health. There are many herbs that have proven very effective in relieving symptoms associated with various kidney problems.
One of these Ayurvedic herbs, called Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri), is very useful in relieving pain associated with excess uric acid, as well as reducing the swelling of the kidneys
This Ayurvedic herb reduces the formation of uric crystals, which results in the lessening of various symptoms, such as gout, which is caused by the accumulation of crystallized urate.
In addition, it also relieves constipation, which is one of the symptoms of this syndrome. Some studies have shown that this herb also improves kidney function. These studies are preliminary, however, so more research is needed.
Another powerful Ayurvedic herb used to treat symptoms of this syndrome is Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is a potent combination of four Ayurvedic herbs, including Brahmi, that help eliminate toxins in the body and calm the nervous system.
Some of the symptoms that can be relieved by using Ashwagandha are excessive sweating, jaundice, nausea, and diarrhea. It is said to be especially effective for relieving seasonal allergies.
Neti pots, which are slightly larger than Ashwagandha, are placed in the nose to allow excess moisture to drain while keeping irritants out of the nose.
The third and most important herbal treatment for seasonal allergies is Triphala Guggulu
Triphala is one of the world’s most common herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine called Ayurveda, or “the healing of life.” In Ayurveda, Triphala Guggulu is believed to stimulate the immune system and help fight off the effects of various kinds of allergens and toxins.
Many people who use this herbal treatment for their allergies report that not only does it help them overcome the symptoms of their allergies, but also they no longer have to carry all of the prescription medicines they take on a daily basis.
When you buy a new pot, you are buying a product that is made from the finest ingredients. Many herbalists believe that this type of Ayurvedic medicine works best when purchased in its original packets or in a smaller quantity than what is typically found in retail stores.
Because of the potency of some of the ingredients in neti pots, much of the potency of the medicine can be lost when it is prepared in this way. This small and consistent dose makes it more effective and safer to use.
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