Caring for someone with valvular heart disease depends on how severe their disease is as well as on any treatments they may recently have undergone. If the person has had surgery or has had a heart attack in the recent past, they may need cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehabilitation includes different kinds of health and nutritional counseling as well as exercise under medical supervision; you can provide emotional support and encouragement through this process. The person may also wish to attend a support group, for example, to stop smoking, and should continue to see their doctor regularly. You can encourage the person to continue getting the support and medical treatment they need.
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What should I know about caring for someone with valvular heart disease?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
How can earplugs help protect my heart?
Constant clamor from traffic, industry, construction and more can take a serious toll on your heart health. But here's a quick $2 fix: earplugs.
Buy a pair, and pop 'em in whenever you find yourself surrounded by clamoring construction crews, mower-wielding landscapers or even noisy table neighbors at restaurants. Results from studies in European cities reveal that chronic exposure to sound levels above 65 decibels -- that's equivalent to merely a loud conversation -- can be hard on the heart.
In the study, which mostly involved middle-aged men who had existing risk factors for heart attack, exposure to moderate urban clatter appeared to be yet another risk factor for their hearts to deal with. Chronic exposure to noise levels of up to 65 decibels was linked to a 10% increase in heart attack risk. More aggressive noise exposure -- up to 70 decibels (about as loud as a hair dryer or vacuum cleaner) -- bumped heart attack risk by 20%. And anything on par with a garbage disposal (up to 80 decibels) was truly problematic -- increasing heart attack risk 50% with chronic exposure. Earplugs can help protect your ears and your heart.
What is an anomalous left coronary artery in children?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answeredAnomalous left coronary artery is a very rare defect, affecting boys and girls equally, in which the left coronary artery, which supplies oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle, is "anomalous," or abnormal, in form.
In the normal heart, the left coronary artery arises from the aorta, the large vessel that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body. However, in this case, the left coronary artery arises from the pulmonary artery instead of from the aorta.
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