ACUTE PULMONARY EDEMA Guenther von Eye, MD,Cardiology. Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Rio Grande do Sul State University Medical School (UFRGS). Acute pulmonary edema is a severe clinical condition, associated to great suffering, with a feeling of imminent death, which requires immediate medical attention. Causes of acute pulmonary edema:   Myocardial infarction- is the most… Continuar lendo ACUTE PULMONARY EDEMA


ARRHYTHMIAS What is it? Arrhythmias are normal rhythm changes of the heart. In arrhythmias we can perceive and record rhythm or rate changes of the heart. The normal heartbeat rate is between 60 and 100 cycles, or beats, per minute. In children, these levels are usually higher. In heartbeat rate changes, the beats present timing… Continuar lendo ARRHYTHMIAS


CHOLESTEROL Guenther von Eye, MD,Cardiology. Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Rio Grande do Sul State University Medical School (UFRGS). Blood fats – lipids – are mainly composed by cholesterol, HDL cholesterol (called good cholesterol), LDL cholesterol (called bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. The American Medical Association insists that normal cholesterol levels must be below 200 mg%… Continuar lendo CHOLESTEROL


Cholesterol and Fibers Fiber in the foods tend to reduce cholesterol absorption by the intestines and thus the blood cholesterol levels. Fibers can be soluble and insoluble. Fibers can found mainly in foods derived from plants and their principal composition is cellulose. A fiber-rich diet, in addition to helping prevent cardiovascular diseases, it also helps… Continuar lendo CHOLESTEROL AND FIBERS


HEART ATTACK Also called myocardial infarction. What is it? Myocardial infarction takes place when the blood supply to a part of the cardiac muscle is reduced or cut altogether. This happens when a coronary artery is either contracted or partially or totally obstructed. With total or partial suppression of blood supply to the heart muscle,… Continuar lendo HEART ATTACK


HEART FAILURE What’s it? The heart is a muscle formed by two halves, the right and the left one. When one of these cavities fails to pump, becoming unable to send forward all the blood it receives, we call it heart failure. Heart failure isn’t a heart disease per se. It’s the inability of the… Continuar lendo HEART FAILURE


How to lower the cholesterol risk factor In the United States, the number of people affected by cardiovascular diseases is decreasing year after year, thanks to the dietary corrections people are adopting. In order to correct your diet habits seek to know what are saturated fats (they increase bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, and unsaturated (do… Continuar lendo HOW TO LOWER THE CHOLESTEROL RISK FACTOR


SUDDEN DEATH Sudden death is the one that occurs unexpectedly both in sick and healthy people. It happens between the onset of symptoms and the moment the individual is confirmed dead. Notice that death is considered sudden only if no signs of violence or trauma are found. If the individual is found dead within the… Continuar lendo SUDDEN DEATH