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Mitral Valve Prolapse Linked To Sudden Cardiac Arrest Deaths (VIDEO)

A heart condition with no symptoms or treatments responsible for cardiac arrest deaths

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Dr. Rajiv Mahajan. Photo Credit: University of Adelaide
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Researchers from the University of Adelaide have established an association between mitral valve prolapse and sudden death arising from cardiac arrest. In a study published in the journal Heart, the researchers evaluated over 7,600 existing studies on the subject. In concluding their study, they found that mitral valve prolapse was responsible for 12% of sudden deaths linked to cardiac arrest.

What then is mitral valve prolapse and how does it occur? Lead researcher Dr. Rajiv Mahajan, Cardiologist at the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders has an answer.

“Mitral valve prolapse is condition in which the leaflets of the valve (mitral valve) that lets blood flow from one chamber to another does not close smoothly or evenly, instead they bulge (prolapse) upward into the left atrium of the heart,” Mahajan explained.

Numerous studies over the decades have linked mitral valve prolapse with sudden deaths, but this recent research confirms the association. With this study, the researchers were able to determine that mitral valve prolapse is responsible for 14 in 1000 unexplained deaths worldwide today, instead of 12 in 1000 death cases several years back.

Incidentally, mitral valve prolapse is a common heart condition but not detectable by any symptoms, and does not require any treatments. However, the study was able to identify certain factors associated with the heart condition in people killed by cardiac arrest.

Some of these features include –

  • Visible scarring in the heart muscles
  • Bulging of the two leaflets of the mitral valve
  • Serious leakage of blood from the mitral valve

Patients with these features are at higher risks of suffering cardiac arrest and dying suddenly.

Professor Prash Sanders, Director, Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders at the University of Adelaide, said the study necessitates further research into “patients with mitral valve prolapse and high-risk conditions for serious and life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias.” This is against the fact that one in five people with unhealthy heart conditions suffer sudden cardiac deaths.

Composed of researchers and cardiologists, the authors of the study are from the –

  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New South Wales, and
  • University of Queensland

At the moment, the researchers are compilling a potential registry of patients with mitral valve prolapse, resuscitated cardiac arrest and reported sudden cardiac death in Australia.

This post was originally published on Health News Office

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Steps to Take if You’ve Had a Work-related Injury

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Sustaining an injury can prevent you from getting on with your daily life. If you have had an injury at work, then there is more than just the physical pain to deal with. Being on a company’s property means they could be held accountable, and you must know what to do in this situation. Unfortunately, this can add stress on top of your physical pain, but there are some simple steps you should take to make it easier.

1: Seek Immediate Medical Attention 

The first thing you should do, of course, is seeking medical attention. Even if your injury doesn’t seem too bad, if you leave it unchecked, it could get progressively worse. If you can let your boss know as soon as it happens, the better, but make sure you prioritize seeing a doctor and following their instructions to the letter.

If you are a migrant, then seeking medical attention may not be as simple, especially if you wish to get treated in your home country. Using a medical reparation service provider can help with this immensely, ensuring you can get the treatment where you need it as soon as possible.

2: Report your Injury at Work

Your workplace will have an accident report book, so you must make sure your injury is documented in there as soon as possible. Try to be specific about what happened, including where, how, and what injury was sustained. If your injury goes undocumented at work, then it could cause issues for you later down the line if you seek compensation.

3: Consider Hiring a Lawyer 

Depending on the severity of your injury, you might want to consult a lawyer. This may seem like a big step, but if you end up making a compensation claim, they will be able to deal with the process, handling the details and making it much easier for you to focus on healing. They can also help with gathering evidence for your claim.

4: Write Everything Down

You should keep a notebook and write down everything that happened. This means everything. Note the time your injury took place, where it happened, what you did straight afterward, how many workdays missed, any conversations you may have had revolved around it, and notes from your doctor. If you need to make a compensation claim, this will make the process much smoother.

5: Take Enough Time off to Rest

At the end of all of the stress, you must allow yourself time to rest. An injury won’t get better quickly if you are constantly banging it at work. Don’t think about pushing yourself, especially if you have a physically demanding job, and let yourself at least enjoy some rest. Hopefully, your boss will understand that you need paid time off, and you can rest up, ready to get back to work once you are fully healed.

An injury at work can be both painful and stressful, but following these steps will ensure that the process is as seamless as possible.

This post was originally published on Health News Office

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How to Balance Your Fitness Routine

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Have you ever taken the time to balance the style of exercise that you do each week? Creating a healthy fitness routine can involve more than just going to the gym and burning cardio for an hour. While it may seem logical that exercise should primarily be grueling and intense, it’s also important to satisfy the different natural speeds of the body. This includes stretching, relaxation, and less intense activities that get you moving without too much strain.

Below we explore three styles of exercise and how you can introduce balance into your routine so that you’re not just hammering your body into fatigue.

Slow & Easy

If you haven’t yet discovered the benefits of Tai Chi, Pilates, or yoga, now might be a good time. These practices not only help release tension, but they can also improve energy flow. Designed to stretch and mobilize the joints, these practices — if done three or four times a week — can go a long way towards increasing relaxation and providing you with more energy overall. 

If you want to ease into it, begin with simple stretching first to get accustomed to the slowness of these activities. YouTube also has thousands of videos that you can explore — everything from 15-minute Pilates stretches to a full 1-hour yoga session. The important thing is that you’re using the time to give your joints a rest and a stretch while maintaining a practice of relaxation. Your body will be grateful for the pause and the relief that stretching provides!

Middle of the Road

It’s also essential to have a middle-ground when it comes to exercising. These types of exercises could include dance classes like Zumba, brisk walking, or even bodyweight exercises on a mat. Gyms often offer a range of moderate classes like these, so if you’re unsure and want someone else to take the lead, why not sign up to a facility like The Club Fitness Facilities? They have an extensive studio schedule, which includes classes like Barre and Les Mill’s Body Flow, which will give you a workout without too much intensity.

Depending on your schedule, level of fitness, and what your aims are, try doing middle of the road activities two or three times a week.

Strong and Powerful

At the other end of the field are exercises that many fitness addicts tend to gravitate towards. These include HIIT (high-intensity interval training), cycle spin, intense weightlifting sessions, long-distance running, and more. While these activities are great for boosting energy, improving stamina, and getting you fit, it’s essential to do these in moderation. High-intensity exercise can be hard on the body, and when done to excess, it can lead to burnout and weaken your immune system. 

If you enjoy these kinds of workouts, it might be sensible to keep it to once or twice per week unless you’re incredibly healthy and fit.

Final Thoughts

Especially during these times of Coronavirus, it’s essential to introduce balance in your life and ensure that your body not only stays fit and healthy but also relaxed and mobile. While it may be tempting to just hammer it out in the gym every day, try to incorporate a more balanced approach and note any changes to how you feel. 

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4 Tips to Create a Healthy Living Space

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You will spend a lot of amount of time in their homes, so it is essential to create a living space that will promote good health and wellbeing. Luckily, there are dozens of ways to detoxify your home environment and create a space that is safe and comfortable. With this in mind, here are four tips for creating a healthy living space: 

1. Maintain a hygienic home

One of the simplest ways to create a healthy home is by keeping your living space clean and hygienic. If you don’t clean your home regularly, then dirt and bacteria will build-up, and this can contribute to various health issues. You can keep your living environment hygienic by following a regular cleaning schedule that includes disinfecting worktops and hoovering to remove dust and dirt. You should also encourage your family to follow good hygiene practices such as washing their hands after using the bathroom and cleaning dirty dishes straight after meals. You can place essential oil hand sanitizer around your home to help kill germs and prevent the spread of illnesses such as the common cold.

2. Use natural cleaning products 

Most store-bought cleaning products contain huge numbers of harsh chemicals that can be damaging to your health and the environment. Fortunately, you can effortlessly make your own natural cleaning products with the help of a few everyday household items. For example, according to experts at positivehealth.com, you can use vinegar in water as an alternative to glass cleaner and baking soda with water as an alternative to oven cleaner. Creating your own cleaning products is much more environmentally friendly, and you won’t risk your family being exposed to potentially harmful toxins. It should also work out far cheaper than purchasing man-made cleaning products. 

3. Keep your household items organized

A cluttered or disorganized living space can create feelings of stress and make it more challenging to complete your household tasks. You should make the effort to keep your living space organized by keeping items stored away when they are not in use. You can easily create additional storage space by purchasing extra storage units. You should also consider having a big clear out and getting rid of any household items you no longer need. There are many different articles offering advice and tips on how to declutter your home and create an organized living space. 

4. Create a dedicated workspace

Advancements in technology mean that large numbers of people now work from home and complete their work tasks remotely. Despite this, many people don’t have a dedicated workspace within their homes. Working from bed or while sitting on the sofa can be harmful to your health and cause problems such as back and neck pain. It can also affect your productivity and make it more challenging to separate your work and personal life. With that in mind, people working from home should create a dedicated workspace that offers quality work equipment such as a desk and ergonomic chair. 

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