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How Can One Combat IHD?

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In their mid-forties, suffer from heart diseases

Heart diseases are becoming common. Why so?
Today, 11 to 12 per cent of the urban and four to five per cent of the rural population are suffering from coronary artery diseases. The percentage is likely to increase every year. The situation in India is worse when compared to other countries.

Many, in their mid-forties, suffer from heart diseases, whereas in the Western countries the age group is higher. This is a malignant form of Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD). Initially, scientists felt that IHD happened due to genetic problems but later it was found that lifestyle and food habits are also to be blamed.

What should we do to prevent this disease?
Irregular working hours and excessive smoking lead to IHD. One needs to workout regularly. Food habit is another important concern. Junk food and food with preservatives are extremely harmful. Avoid eating red meat, coconut, butter and prawn.

These increase cholesterol in blood and lead to obesity. The other major risk factors are presence of diabetes and high BP.

What are the symptoms of cardiac problem?
The symptoms are very deceptive. In most cases, people can’t differentiate cardiac pain from gastric pain. And there are misconceptions like cardiac pain will always be felt in the left part of the chest. One can feel the pain even in the middle or right side of the chest.

Regular blood tests are extremely important and your cholesterol level should be below 200 unit, Triglyceride level should be below 150 unit and low-density cholesterol should be below 100.

What are the treatments for IHD?
The treatment is three-fold. Sometimes, it can be treated with medicines. Angioplasty is another good option to remove the blockage and when there Is multiple blockage, one has to undergo a bypass surgery.

Source: The Telegraph (Kolkata, India)

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Theravitae trumpets cardiomyopathy treatment success :
Millions of cardiomyopathy patients have been told their future lies in drugs or, rarely, a transplant as they await an otherwise certain death. This is no longer true as Theravitae s VesCell therapy is giving them a new, more active and longer life.
BANGKOK, Thailand, 24 August 2007  VesCell, the world’s leading adult stem cell product for heart patients is transforming the lives of dilated cardiomyopathy patients. These patients are gaining a new lease on life and leading more active and energetic lives with fewer distressing symptoms such as shortness of breath.

Theravitae is determined to lay to rest the myth that all severely ill heart patients can look forward to is a gradual decline in the quality of life, suffering, dependence on a cocktail of drugs and an early death. The more patients can demonstrate clinically measurable improvements the more the medical establishment will be forced to face the fact that objective measures do not lie.

Citing Amy Banner, a young wife and mother with cardiomyopathy from Spokane,Washington, Theravitae believes its therapy has measurable clinical benefits that can only be attributed to stem cell therapy. Just one month after receiving VesCell in Bangkok Heart Hospital Amy had her first follow-up appointment with her hometown cardiologist to learn the following clinical results.

Firstly, the report on her Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs) as recorded by her pacemaker. These contractions are like an extra heartbeat coming from an irritable area in the struggling ventricles and indicate rhythm disturbances. Prior to stem cell therapy Amy was experiencing some 35,000 uncomfortable PVCs a month. In the last month she recorded only 2200. No wonder I am feeling so good! she said.  This alone made it all worthwhile and now I don’t even notice them they are so mild, or maybe they are happening in my sleep.

Secondly, Amy’s cardiologist told her that her heart had shrunk from 8.7cm to 8cm and that as the left ventricle shrunk further her Ejection Fraction, which measures the ability of the ventricle to pump blood to her body, would rise further as efficiency increased.

Thirdly, Amy had a BNP blood test which measures a secretion in the ventricle indicating the degree of heart failure. From a dangerous level of 3000 she was told it now was 190  almost in the normal range.

For Amy the clinical measurements just added weight to how she was feeling. The bottom line is that I feel great. I have way more energy. My mom is no longer doing my housework and laundry for me. I can walk and play with my seven-year old daughter. Everything is running along very smoothly,  she said. Prior to stem cell therapy Amy could do little and as she deteriorated even small things like taking a shower or washing her hair became more of a challenge.

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