Overcoming Irregular Heartbeat?
My father had the first heart attack in 2012, at that time he was diagnosed with coronary heart disease, then he had a second attack last April. The second one initially complained of a rapid heartbeat then shortness of breath. complained again but not until shortness of breath. last night the second control after being discharged from the hospital and the story of the brother who accompanied the doctor said that your father’s heart rate was unstable. sometimes slow, sometimes fast.
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Normally, the heart will beat regularly as much as 60 to 100 seconds once to pump oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the rest of the body and oxygen-poor blood from the rest of the body to the lungs. As for an unstable heart rate, sometimes fast, and sometimes slow, it is termed an arrhythmia. This condition is prone to occur in people who have previously had a heart attack. The cause is due to the formation of scar tissue in the muscles and the heart's electric pacemaker which causes irregular contractions. Initially, people with arrhythmia often do not feel any significant complaints. However, as the disease gets worse, there can be uncomfortable sensations in the chest, such as trembling, a faster heart rate (beating or pounding), a slower heart rate (as if it stopped beating for a moment), chest pain, or tightness. In addition, in more severe conditions, sufferers may also experience shortness of breath, dizziness, loss of balance, excessive sweating, and fainting.
Direct examination by a heart specialist is needed to identify any factors that trigger your complaint. In addition to a previous history of heart attack, arrhythmias can also occur due to repeated heart attacks, heart weakness (cardiomyopathy), coronary heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), thyroid gland disorders (such as hyper or hypothyroidism), diabetes, sleep apnea, and so on. It could also be that arrhythmias occur due to smoking, consuming excessive alcohol or caffeine, taking drugs, stress, or taking certain medications (for example, cold medicines, anti-allergy drugs), and so on.
Generally, in addition to a physical examination and in-depth interviews, the doctor will also advise your father to undergo further tests, for example a heart record (EKG), echocardiography, stress test, and so on. This examination is also carried out to assess the best treatment in dealing with your father's complaints, whether it is enough to do it by administering drugs, installing a pacemaker, surgery, or other therapeutic modalities. With proper treatment, the risk of dangerous complications such as stroke, heart failure, and death can generally be minimized.
All your dad needs to do right now is:
Improve your diet, increase your consumption of vegetables, fruit and nuts to increase antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants play an important role in minimizing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Reduce consumption of salt and saturated fat in food. Don't smoke Get active, exercise every 2 days Get more meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques Always keep your body weight ideal, don't be too fat Limit caffeine consumption Limit stress or excessive emotions Stay away from alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs If your father has diseases, for example cholesterol or high blood pressure, control well to the doctor regularly Hope it helps ya ..
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah