March 6, 2014

Heart Attack Blood Test

Filed under: heart attack — Tags: — drwatson @ 7:40 pm

heart-attack-blood-testAccording to The Heart Foundation, it is estimated that close to one million Americans are going to experience a heart attack this year. Unfortunately, the majority of these are going to strike without warning. Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute in California claim that they have devised a blood test that will help predict if an individual is at high risk of having a heart attack.

How Does The Heart Attack Blood Test Work?

Led by Professor Pet Khun, the research team states that there is currently no viable way to predict the occurrence of a heart attack in patients across the country. This medical discovery should change the way people undergo treatment for prevent heart attacks in the future.

The test itself works quite simply – after blood work has been completed, the test will identify “endothelial” cells in the blood. According to the researchers, it is these cells that are responsible with ongoing heart attacks. By accurately determining their frequency and quantity, doctors will be able to take more educated leaps towards predicting and preventing a heart attack.

Are Endothelial Cells Bad?

Researchers claim that endothelial cells will enter the bloodstream when disease starts building up inside of the arteries. These are essentially responsible for causing inflammation and ulcerating within the arteries, not to mention, they can lead to blood clots and eventually a heart attack. So, what can be done about these cells?

The newly-created procedure is referred to as “HD-CEC” (High-Definition Circulating Endothelial Cell). With it, researchers were able to identify endothelial cells in their samples from over seventy different patients who had already suffered heart attacks and some who didn’t. In short, the test was able to successfully separate those patients who had heart attacks from the ones who didn’t.

Basically, patients who had suffered a heart attack in the past had a much higher level of endothelial cells in their blood than the healthy patients. And to further concrete their findings, additional research had been conducted which included the identification of circulating tumors in patients who were diagnosed with cancer.

Professor Khun’s Final Thoughts

When interviewed, Professor Kuhn went on to add that the goal of these experiments were to determine and establish evidence for the fact that endothelial cells are much more prominent in unhealthy patients than healthy ones – which his research definitely concluded.In fact, the results were so precise and significant that he believes that he can already take the next step to create a test that helps identify the early stages of a heart attack.

Keep in mind that this isn’t the only research team attempting to establish a primary way of detecting a heart attack. In fact, researchers at the University of Edinburgh are attempting to accomplish something similar. Either way, new medical technology continues to emerge across the medical industry, creating more opportunities for people to evaluate their health and prevent health risks.

January 13, 2010

Salt Banned in NYC

The city that never sleeps is implementing a new bylaw to save lives, although not in the way that you would expect. The New York City Health Department is taking the initiative to promote healthy living – by organizing the National Salt Reduction Initiative, a plan to reduce the average use of sodium within packaged and restaurant food by twenty percent within the next five years. The average American today consumes about twice the recommended quotient of salt per day, which explains the unnatural increase in heart attacks and strokes within the last decade.

Too much salt raises the risk of many cardiovascular conditions, including hypertension (or high blood pressure), strokes and heart attacks, causing approximately 800,000 deaths in the United States alone every year. Most of the salt consumed in an average person’s diet comes not from their saltshaker, but is added to food before it reaches the local supermarket. The New York City Health Department predicts that by reducing the salt content in consumer products and restaurant food, within five years the sodium intake of all Americans will be reduced by twenty percent.

Although salt is proven to contribute to high blood pressure, which amounts to billions of dollars in healthcare expenses, food scientists are concerned that people may actually suffer from the implements of the National Salt Reduction Initiative, as people can suffer from having too little salt. For example, iodized salt, which contains iodine, is an important factor that your body needs to produce the thyroid hormone, which is crucial in fetal and infant brain development. The lack of thyroid hormone development is extremely consequential, causing cretinism in many cases of iodine deficiency. Food scientists have also noted that other consumers in Europe actually intake about forty percent more salt than the average American, but because of their balanced diet containing many vegetables, they have excellent cardiovascular health. It is possible that the medical crisis surrounding the effects of high blood pressure may have little to do with salt, and more to do with having a balanced diet and plenty of vegetables.

It is unclear whether this new initiative will significantly impact the severity of the medical issues surrounding high blood pressure; however the National Salt Reduction Initiative marks an important step towards healthy living and better regulation of the quality of processed food.

December 10, 2009

Coffee May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

To the fellow male coffee drinkers out there, I have amazing news (sorry ladies, this one is just for the guys). A study on coffee and its effect on prostate cancer was presented at the Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research conference in Houston, Texas, that showed a great deal of promise. The finding of the study showed that men who regularly drink coffee have a significantly lower risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. However, before anyone (mostly me) jumps to any sort of final conclusion, the study will require further investigation, and I’m sure there will be a multitude of studies just to follow up this one.

At this point in time I would just like to point out that coffee is really proving itself as a drink that will help your health not harm it. Coffee is mostly a good thing, (yes there are those few black marks on coffee’s record) it has proven its ability to restore energy, focus the mind, decrease the severity of heart attacks or stroke, help protect against some cancers, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, and gallstones. Studies have shown that coffee helps prevent cavities, boosts a person’s mood, and helps stop headaches.

Remember if anyone asks why you drink coffee, you can tell them that you think the taste is awesome (which it is). And you can also tell them because of all the health benefits coffee provides. They’ll probably be confused due to the common misconception that coffee is bad for you, but you will know and that’s all that matters. After that, just walk away and feel like a champ, I know I would. Then go to the nearest coffee shop and buy yourself a victory cup.

October 1, 2009

How To Lower Cholesterol

Foods that Increase CholesterolA problem many people seem to be having is high cholesterol. Even though an incredible amount of people are aware of the risks with high cholesterol very few actually decide to change their way of living. Why? Who knows, maybe they are comfortable and are worried that lowering their cholesterol will cause a dramatic change that will disrupt their current state of content. However, for most people this is untrue. Before looking at ways to prevent high cholesterol lets take a look at what cholesterol is.

First and foremost, not all cholesterol is bad. You actually need cholesterol for your body to be healthy, but having too much can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Because cholesterol can build up in your arteries, it may lead to a blockage resulting in a very dangerous situation.

There are two types of cholesterol one that is bad for you body and another that’s good for your body. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are bad because they tend to build up in your arteries, exactly what you don’t want. However, high-density lipoproteins (HDL) are good for your body because they help remove cholesterol from the bloodstream.

There are some things you can do to lower cholesterol levels. Eating healthier foods can lower the levels of LDL in your body and you also might feel better in general with a better diet. If you smoke try quitting, this will increase the HDL levels and help remove some of that bad cholesterol that might become a serious health hazard. If you’re overweight try to drop a few pounds, you’ll feel better, look better, and your health will be better. Also, make sure you exercise on a regular basis.

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