Living with heart disease & enjoying full life
Living with heart disease is not a simple job. The patient with heart problem(s) thinks that no one understands his or her problem. But it should never be the case that you are suffering the condition alone for any reason. All dear ones around you must take the problem seriously. And to do so, they will educate you to cope up with the situation and also educate you to get on with it for healthiest remedial measures.
The exemplary cases are there when people and well-wishers help a patient to accept the problem and make the patient optimistic for the future. The most interesting point to note here is, a few such patients become the best recourse to educate the new patient about the way of living the life even with the disease.
A patient with heart problem must never think that the future is grim. Many articles are there about the heart patients to have fought the odds and are smiling now. Your doctor can also be a good guide to make you smile. So you must listen to your doctor who will guide you how to make positive life style changes and understand your responsibilities. All these together can help you in maintaining a productive life.
The common serious problems
Ø Serious heart problems can be the cause for sudden death
Ø Heart problems lead towards damages to the heart muscles and also heart attacks
Ø Heart problems cause reduced supply of oxygen to the brain and that ultimately results to heart damages
Ø Problems like arrhythmias can also be the effect of heart problems
CHD can be controlled by both medicines and life style changes. Lifestyle changes mean 1) remaining physically active, 2) taking healthy diet, 3) quitting smoking, 4) maintaining healthy weight and 5) managing stress.
Some steps to be taken:
One must work very closely with the doctor for controlling blood pressures, so that blood cholesterol and blood sugar level could be managed in addition to controlling the blood pressure.
Lipoprotein is a type of blood test that can measure your triglyceride and cholesterol levels. For measuring the level of glucose, a fasting blood glucose test can say about the blood sugar level and indicate whether you are a risky diabetic patient or not. Through this test a doctor can determine whether your diabetes is at controlled level or you are to be given any substitute treatment for better result.
Talk with your doctor for scheduling your medical as well blood test visits as per the diagnosed requirements. In case of any requirements in between the schedules, a patient can also call the doctor.
Warning signs of heart attacks
The risks of heart attacks become more with the CHDs. In case there is any symptom of heart attack, you must immediately contact either your doctor or the emergency number.
Signs & symptoms
· Discomforts with chest pain
· Uncomfortable pressure
· Pain in the center or in the left side of your chest (either mild or strong)
· The pain can be both temporary and lasting for a few minutes.
· The pain can come and go
· Discomforts in either single or both sides of the upper body, such as neck, upper part of the stomach, backs, arm(s) and jaw
· Shortness of breath, may or may not be with the discomforts in chest
· Light-headedness, vomiting, breaking out or fainting in a cold sweat.
· Feeling sick to your stomach and Nausea
· Tiredness or Fatigue
· Sleep problems
· Lack of energy
· Disk comfort or chest pain either does not go away or changes its usual pattern. This may happen more often at the time of your resting.
The best you should do
1) Let the people you know, have the information that you are a heart patient.
2) In case of any sign or symptom a doctor must be called.
Emotional as well supportive issues
Depression, anxiety, stress, and fear are the common problems for those who have heart problems. A patient remains worried about his or her heart problems and the required necessity of changing the life styles.
A patient must be expressive about the health conditions to his or her medical experts. Even a medical counselor can be of much help in many cases. A patient with much depression is recommended right medicines and brought to alternative treatments that can improve the quality of life.
Any patient with heart problem can join the support group for life adjustments. Talking to your doctor or inquiring with the medical center can help you to find a local support group.
Friends and family members should be not only supportive to the patient they should also help the patient to relieve any type of anxiety and stress. The loved ones around the patient must know about the feelings of the patient and find the way to help him or her.
Relation between clinical trial and heart disease
Problems like prevention and treatment of blood diseases, heart diseases, lung diseases, and other conditions like sleep disorders are thickly connected with different types of pulmonary disorders or CHD.
Risk factors involved with these problems have brought many medical care and medical knowledge, research findings into light for bettering the patients’ quality of life.
Clinical trials done on the cases
1) Angioplasty and stenting have been clinically tried in place of coronary artery bypass grafting for those blockage and diabetic cases that have problems in more than one coronary artery.
2) Angioplasty or surgery is also clinically tested for treating the patients with clogged heart arteries.
3) Exercise is also considered to be another measure for treating the people with depression due to Coronary heart disease. The risk factors due to coronary heart disease among the healthy aging are also one of the subjects of clinical trials.
The successes of researches through clinical trials depend much on the willingness of the volunteers. In these days, clinical trials are done through newer ways for the prevention, diagnosis and the treatments of various diseases and their conditions. The examples are as medicines, surgeries, medical devices or procedures much depend on the volunteers, having some sort of illness. The clinical trials determine the possibility of making the result available for the widespread use.
The support of health care providers who constantly monitor your health is very important for the implementation of the end result of the clinical trials. In some cases the volunteers, who involve themselves for the clinical trials, may not be directly benefited but they do help immensely for the success of the trial in an exemplary way.
Volunteers’ role for clinical trials
Any volunteer who willfully dedicates him or her for clinical trials is explained in detail about the purpose of the research. The volunteer will learn the treatment he or she is going to receive during the clinical trial. Both the success and failures being the part of it, a volunteer is explained about the success and the risks as well. The volunteer is fully free to ask any question before bequeathing him or her for the trial. The process is known as informed consent.
If a volunteer agrees to participate in the process of informed consent, he or she will have to sign a consent form. Since it is not a contract, the volunteer can withdraw his or her candidature at any point of time for its further study or for declining the gesture. A volunteer is also entitled to learn afresh about the involved risks which might emerge during the trial.