Do you know what your doctor is talking about when he tells you about your heart problem? Urban Health demystifies some of the most common heart terms:
Heart pain caused when the heart is over-worked or is not getting enough oxygen. Stress can increase angina.
Artrial Fibrillation (AF)
Rapid and irregular heartbeat that gives rise to chest pains, fatigue, palpitations and dizziness. AF is a major cause of stroke.
The wall of the arteries get clogged cholesterol and calcium, reducing the space inside and disrupting blood flow, leading to hypertension and increasing risks of strokes or heart attacks.
Abnormal heart beat or heart rhythm. Consult your physician for symptoms such as pain, or shortness of breath.
Congestive heart failure
The heart organ is weak and diseased, causing poor pumping action and reducing the blood and oxygen that is sent to body tissues to function well.
Heart Attack or myocardial infarction (MI)
Occurs when a portion of the circulation to the heart is cut off, resulting in the death of the heart tissue.
A blood clot becomes lodged in the brain, causing a portion of the brain to lose function within minutes.
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
A small stroke or warning event with symptoms of dizziness, light-headedness, visual and/or hearing disturbances.
World Heart Day on falls on every last Saturday of September, so it’s time to listen to your heart! Know more about heart problems at these heart-y events:
THE HEART EXHIBITION
Date: 8 – 9 September 2012
Time: 10am – 8pm
Venue: Mid Valley Exhibition Centre
For details, please call: 03-5621 1408
WORLD HEART DAY 2012
Date: 23September 2012
Time: 10 am
Venue: iHeal Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur
For details, please call: 03-2287 7398