Heart Attack And Stroke Or Health And Fitness – What Is Your Choice

Most heart attacks and strokes are caused by “atherothrombosis”; this is a highly preventable disease.

Atherothrombosis happens when fatty material, also known as plaque, breaks, a blood clot is then formed, and this can then block the blood flow and lead to a heart attack, a stroke, and even arterial disease, which causes leg pain.

There are a number of conditions related to health, to lifestyle and to other factors that will contribute to this disease and increase the risk for heart attack and stroke.

Health related conditions: high cholesterol; high blood pressure; poor circulation; diabetes.

Lifestyle: smoking; obesity; overweight; lack of exercise; bad diet.

Other factors: age; family history.

Atherothrombosis: How it works.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and other factors will lead to the build up of fatty plagues inside the arteries.

The blood flow becomes restricted as the plaque increases in size. Blood clots happen when the plaque breaks through the lining of the artery.

Cells, actually called platelets, stick to the damaged area of the artery. A web of fibres is created around the platelets, producing a blood clot. This blood clot could break free and block the flow of blood if it gets stuck in a smaller artery leading to the heart, brain, or other organs.

Ask yourself these questions:

-Are you over 50? -Do you have a parent or a sibling who ever had a heart attack or stroke? -Do you have diabetes? -Have you ever had any kind of circulation problem? -What are the numbers of your cholesterol? Blood Pressure? LDL and HDL? How are your triglycerides? -What is your weight? Are you a little overweight? Are you a lot overweight, even obese? -How is your diet? Do you understand what makes a healthy diet? -Do you understand about nutrition? -Do you smoke?

Work out a plan to minimize your risk right now.

– Quit smoking, this is a no brainer. – Exercise regularly – Make the necessary diet changes to be able to convert over to a new healthy diet. – If you do the above you will have a healthy weight loss. – Try to control you “numbers” naturally. If you cannot, or they are too high, there are medicines to help you.

Always consult with your doctor. Do not wait to visit the doctor’s office. Do it today and make a health and fitness plan. We do not need to become medical experts to control our lifestyle; we just need to become informed.

Medical Disclaimer: This article is designed for educational purposes only and should not be used in any other manner. This information is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice.

Ruth is actively involved with the internet and she finds it very exciting. Her passions are people and pet health. She is a wife, a stepmom a dog owner and a business person. She is married for almost 30 years to Chris who has been, and still is, battling the monster MS. Two of her dogs are Certified Therapy Dogs. She is currently working from her home.

Medical Education Vs Chiropractic Education

After working within the chiropractic field for a few years now, I occasionally come upon interested patients who question the number of years of training it requires to get a degree in chiropractic. A fair amount of these folks seem to have the idea that it’s merely a two-year education. I’m not necessarily astonished at this kind of belief, nonetheless I do think this is a general indication of our society’s view of chiropractic care. In fact some of my pals will occasionally jest about visiting a ‘real doctor’.

Given the history between the medical industry and the chiropractic industry, this type of perspective of the general population should not be surprising. The American Medical Association (AMA) went to great effort to attempt to discredit chiropractic for quite a while, and it wasn’t until the lawsuit Wilkes v. American Medical Association in 1983, which decided against the AMA, that it was revealed that their purpose had been to eliminate chiropractic as a discipline. Of course the AMA made an effort to appeal the verdict up to 1990. Ever since that point in time, attitudes between medical doctors and chiropractic professionals have begun to change, but remnants of that former feud still linger.

As a consequence of years of propaganda from the AMA seeking to depict chiropractors in a damaging light, it’s unsurprising that the general public doesn’t have a more favorable view of the profession. The primary distinction between chiropractic doctors and medical doctors boils down to their philosophy and approach to treatment. Normally, chiropractors start conservatively with their treatment plan, and only proceed to more intrusive procedures when there is no improvement with initial methods. DC’s are generally focused on the nervous system, muscles, and joints within the body. Medical doctors put a greater emphasis on medications and the way those medications act in the human body, and they also deal considerably more with things like infections, and internal issue.

So just how do the educations of medical doctors and chiropractic doctors compare to each other? They are in reality pretty much equivalent. Each of them needs very similar undergrad education to be accepted to the school. A few colleges in both disciplines need a bachelor’s degree, however others only require 3 years of undergraduate instruction to be accepted into the doctoral program. On the whole a chiropractor gets to spend roughly 4485 hours in class and clinic time, whereas a medical practitioner spends 4248 hours in order to acquire their diploma. Although the majority of the schooling is similar, a couple of differences consist of chiropractors have more class hours on neurology and fewer on such things as gynecology, and psychiatry. Doctors of chiropractic also have more class time focused on manipulation, and allopathic doctors have more class time focused on pharmacology. Needless to say this makes sense once you understand the sort of treatment options each one utilizes.

As you have seen, the education involving the two occupations is just the same. I would like to mention that medical professionals are required to do a minimum of a 3-year post degree residency after med school. If you ask me, this is just smart due to the degree of associated risk included in the form of treatments they use. The risk of chiropractic treatments are comparatively low, particularly when compared to risks of some medications. Medical doctors must be familiar with a great variety of prescription drugs, and not merely the side-effects of those medications, but any plausible interactions they can have with other drugs. Spending time in residency where they’re supervised by more knowledgeable MD’s is just a good idea.

In ending, I think that you do not have to make a choice between a medical doctor or a chiropractic doctor. Both strategies have their merits, and the one that is the most suitable depends upon your personal beliefs, and the problems you are suffering from. If you’re managing a problem with the muscles, nervous system, or the bodies articulations, and you also have faith in conservative health care, go visit a chiropractor. If you don’t improve while under their care, they should recommend you to somebody else. However, if you’re managing some other sort of illness, or you only desire to receive some drugs to help you feel better, you may want to visit an allopathic doctor.