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Top 5 Tips After Heart Surgery

By Angela Hartley on 12 November 2021

Recovery from heart surgery - 5 tips to get through the first 12 weeks     If you’ve had open heart surgery like a CABG or valve surgery and have just got home you may feel like you’ve bee hit by a bus - I wanted to put together my top 5 tips for getting through those first 12 weeks and recovering as quickly and best as you can to get you through this tough and overwhelming period. Recovering from bypass or valve surgery is different for everyone, but if you can incorporate some of these tips into those early days then it will help set you up for a good recovery. 

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Managing Stress

By Angela Hartley on 09 November 2021

What is stress? The fight or flight response When we experience a shock or perceive a threat, our bodies quickly release hormones that help it to survive (Adrenaline and cortisol). In humans, as in other animals, these hormones help us to run faster and fight harder. They increase heart rate and blood pressure - delivering more oxygen and blood sugar to power important muscles. They increase sweating in an effort to cool these muscles, and help them stay efficient. They divert blood away from the skin to the core of our bodies - reducing blood loss if we are damaged. As well as this, these hormones focus our attention on the threat, to the exclusion of everything else. Breathing is accelerated to supply more oxygen for conversion to energy. The heart moves into overdrive to supply the body with more oxygen and nutrients. Our immune system is activated, ready to administer to wounds. Attention and sight become acute and highly focused and our sense of pain is diminished as the body releases analgesic hormones. 

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List of Heart Terms

By Angela Hartley on 09 November 2021

What is CHD and Heart Failure? CHD (Coronary Heart Disease) and IHD (Ischaemic Heart Disease) are terms which are used interchangeably. They describe what happens when the blood supply to heart muscle is reduced or suddenly interrupted by a build up of fatty material (atheroma) and associated blood clot (thrombus) in the coronary arteries. This can cause angina, heart attack and progressive heart muscle damage. Available from: HERE, Page 79.

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Healthy Recipes for You

By Angela Hartley on 09 November 2021

SUPERFOOD SALAD   This salad contains several 'superfood' ingredients. You get Omega 3's from the oily fish, antioxidants from the green vegetables, monounsaturated fats from the avocado and seeds, as well as protein from the quinoa. 

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Warfarin

By Angela Hartley on 09 November 2021

Great improvements have been made in treating heart conditions, largely due to the research and development of new medicines. This post describes some of the most common ‘blood thinning’ medications often prescribed for people with a heart condition, including Warfarin. You may be prescribed some of these medications if you have had a heart condition such as valve surgery, arrhythmia, angina, heart attack, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders and heart valve disease. This page explains why you may have been given each medicine and how it works. It also describes the most common side effects.

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What Is a Heart Attack?

By Angela Hartley on 09 November 2021

What Is a Heart Attack? A heart attack happens when blood stops flowing to part of your heart. Your heart needs a constant supply of oxygen. It gets the oxygen and food it needs from your blood, through its blood vessel network (called the coronary arteries). If one of your coronary arteries suddenly becomes blocked by a blood clot, this will cause a heart attack. A blockage in one of these arteries means that there is a part of your heart that can’t get oxygen. If the blood flow isn’t restored quickly, this part of the heart muscle starts to die.  

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What Is Cholesterol?

By Angela Hartley on 09 November 2021

Cholesterol is a fatty substance found throughout the body. It is essential for synthesising vitamin D, stress hormones and sex hormones. Cholesterol is also an important part of bile, required for digestion of fats, and is essential for healthy cell membranes.

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What To Expect After a CABG

By Angela Hartley on 09 November 2021

What are the coronary arteries? The coronary arteries carry blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. In people with coronary artery disease a fatty substance builds up in the walls of the arteries, making the space inside narrower. This makes it harder for the blood to pass through.

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