Hey there, guys and gals, JJ here with another topic of study that may help our Ready Nutrition Readers in the outdoors if you encounter cardiac problems.
This article entails an outline of Arrhythmias (in this case Cardiac Arrhythmias) with mention of a few of the different naturopathic aids available in order to give the reader an overall picture of them. The information presented in this article is not meant to diagnose, treat, prescribe, or cure any illness or any action or malady mentioned herein.
Only a licensed, certified, trained, qualified physician can do that. Consult with your family physician or healthcare provider prior to taking any actions outlined within the scope of this article.
According to the heart attack statistics on the website AllHeartAttack.com, 1/3 of all heart attack victims succumb to the episode. The site also mentions that a heart attack occurs once every 20 seconds in the U.S. The basis for heart attacks are numerous and too comprehensive to cover in total.
We are, however, going to list some of the arrhythmias that lead to the heart attack as a reference guide for you perhaps to stick into your first aid kit or with an emergency kit in your backpack. Remember, patient history is the key to everything. Before you take your relatives hiking or camping, know their physical limitations and any underlying health problems they may have before the trip.
Some good equipment to tote with you in a first aid kit would be a blood pressure cuff (technical term being a sphygmomanometer), a stethoscope, and some type of watch, either worn on the wrist or a stopwatch for the emergency kit. This latter will help you with taking TPR’s (temperature, pulse, and respiration) for a family member or friend who may be stricken with chest pains.
AED’s (defibrillators) are sold and can be found both new and used on Amazon.com. They aren’t cheap; however, they could save a life. Remember, tire patching kits are never really thought about much until you have a flat tire, right? The main thing with this is yours truly recommends a CPR course and maybe down the road an ACLS course (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) that instructs you in arrhythmias and both how and when to use a defibrillator.
An arrhythmia is simply an irregularity or loss of rhythm, especially of the heart. A Cardiac Arrhythmia is defined as an irregular heart action caused by physiological or pathological disturbances in the discharge of cardiac impulses from the sinoatrial node or their transmission through conductive tissue of the heart.
Wow! Long definition! On a serious note, a complete explanation of all of the heart functions and the methods of electrical conductivity are very complex subjects that are beyond the scope of this article. We will outline herein a few of the basic/commonly-found arrhythmias to give the reader an overview. Cardiac care needs not only a good physician, but also more specifically, a good cardiologist.
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