Heart Disease: The Latest Treatments

Heart Disease: The Latest Treatments

Heart Disease: The Latest Treatments

Heart disease is an all-encompassing term meaning the heart is not working as it should. It affects millions worldwide, with many individuals having to take medications for the rest of their lives or undergo surgical treatments to correct damage, and prevent episodes such as heart attacks.

Recent advancements in medicine have meant that those diagnosed with heart disease or heart failure can still live long and relatively healthy lives.

Share Lawyers is always searching for the best resources to provide to our clients and beyond in order to ensure individuals get the help they need. Today, we would like to share some of the most recent and cutting-edge medications and treatments for those with heart disease.

New Anti-Inflammatory Medication To Prevent Heart Disease
Statins are a class of medications prescribed to those with heart disease to decrease the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver. This, in turn, can prevent excess cholesterol from building up as plaque in the arteries, which causes restrictive blood flow and overworking of the heart. Millions of people are given statins to prevent risk of heart disease complications; however, there is a research to support half of heart attacks occur in people who do not have high cholesterol.

Scientists have begun to look at reducing inflammation in the body as an effective treatment to reduce heart disease.

A new drug – canakinumab – given by injection every 3 months, has been proven to reduce inflammation and was associated with a reduces cardiovascular risk.

Less Invasive Surgery For Heart Valve Disease
Before 2011, there were limited options for patients who were too sick to withstand open-chest surgery – specifically elderly patients. However, a new less invasive procedure for patients who need aortic valve replacement is called TAVR, or transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

A small tube is placed in the groin (femoral artery) and guided into the heart chambers using imaging techniques. Once it is positioned correctly, a balloon is expanded to press the replacement valve into the position where the diseased heart valve of the patient was.

The recovery time from this procedure is about 5-10 days, and is dramatically less risky and invasive than open-chest surgery.

Exercise To Prevent Heart Disease
Although not a new invention or treatment, scientists and researchers are focusing more and more on the link between exercise and heart disease. Scientists have found that no matter a person’s age, physical exercise is an effective treatment to reduce stiffening of the heart muscles, lower blood pressure, help to manage weight, and to improve overall cardiovascular health – all of these contribute to lessening your risk of heart disease.

If you have a history of heart disease, stroke, or recently had a heart procedure, it’s crucial you talk to your healthcare provider about what the best physical activities are for you.

For various guidelines for moderate-intensity activities that might be right for you, check out the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation and the American Heart Association.

As there are a wide range of different causes and treatments for heart disease, make sure to talk with your healthcare professional before making any changes to your treatments, lifestyle, or medications.

 

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