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Month: June, 2017

How Heart Gets Affected By Lyme Disease?

Different studies conducted by experts have found that Lyme disease is actually a complex of contaminations that are transferred into a human body by deer ticks and a few other insects. It can lead to flu like symptoms, muscle and joint pain. In fewer than 10% of Lyme cases, cardiac and neurological symptoms might occur. This happens generally when treatment is not provided or postponed for more than 1 month or more after the tick bite.

Borrelia is bacteria involved in Lyme disease, and it attacks the heart muscle and leads to a problem called as carditis, or infection in the heart tissues. If proper treatment is not provided on time, then it can cause a blockage in the heart. This happens when the electrical signal of the heart is disrupted. This might occur in different levels of seriousness, assigned as first, second, and third level of heart block.

Atrioventricular block, which is the third degree heart block is the most extreme one and may need the pacemaker implantation, which manages the pulse and re-establishes the basic work of the heart.

Abnormal heart rhythms might happen when the conduction of the heart’s electrical signal isn’t working properly. A standout among them is atrial fibrillation, in which the heart beats quickly and leads to palpitations, trouble in breathing, and dizziness.

Medication is used to treat atrial fibrillation, which regulates the heartbeat and allows the heart pump more effectively. When the heart is pumping too fast, blood can pool in the heart, this is why blood-thinning medication is generally required. Clots created in the heart can go to the lungs, resulting in a pulmonary embolus, or to the brain, leading to a stroke.

If a person is suffering from heart disease already, a method known as cardiovascular catheterization might be required to open the clogged arteries of the heart. This helps to improve the blood flow to the heart. A surgical procedure known as coronary artery bypass graft is done when multiple arteries of a patient’s heart become clogged and need to be opened by performing ‘open-heart’ surgery. When heart valves get damage because of Lyme disease or any other heart disease, valve replacements might also be done by the doctor.

Heart problems caused by Lyme disease are uncommon, and can be avoided by simply providing treatment for Lyme disease as early as possible.

If treatment is provided immediately, not all cardiovascular problems results in congestive heart failure. If heart complexities do happen, then even medications and healthy diet can prove to be highly effective in helping people to live a long and quality life.

In case, any Lyme disease patient starts experiencing dizziness, palpitations, swelling in hands & feet, fainting, and shortness of breath, then they should immediately visit a Lyme disease specialist or any nearest doctor who can offer reliable treatment.

What Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Feels Like – Story Of A Patient

Many people often ask “What Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Feels Like?” Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) actually affects more Australians than you think. It has become quite common these days in Australia, but many people aren’t even aware what’s troubling them.

Here’s a story of Adam – a patient with chronic fatigue syndrome. He will tell What Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Feels Like?

“Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is undetectable. Many individuals with Chronic Fatigue have no obvious symptoms. Just the dark circles under our eyes indicate the steady agony individuals with Chronic Syndrome bear, going through muscle pain, brain fog and fatigue. Chronic CFS decreases your spirit. It slowly kills your dreams, your cheerful nature, your joy, and your unconstrained happiness.”

“Individuals with Chronic Fatigue are exhausted for every single minute every day. CFS is like something you have never felt before. In the beginning, it feels similar to flu, a headache, and how you feel after intense exercise. The weariness can develop every day until it becomes continuous.”

“There’s a chance that if you push too hard, overlook the symptoms or the warning sign — CFS weakness will wreak havoc on your body. It has a craving for need to rests on the bed for the whole day. It’s like being a toddler again, powerless and sad and absolutely crushed by a tiredness you can’t understand, forget about explaining.”

“Individuals who have never suffered from Chronic Fatigue are not aware of its upsetting nature. They are not conscious of its unpredictable assault, the sting of its sharp teeth. They ask why you appeared to be fine one moment, and now all of a sudden can’t even move from the bed or couch? Why you go blank and can’t think properly? They fail to understand what’s it like being excessively drained, making it impossible to close your eyes, and excessively drained, making it impossible to concentrate on them either. It’s about how you don’t know who you are, forget about what you need now.”

Adam says “Chronic Fatigue affects me from the minute I wake to the minute I go to the bed again, damaged every night. It also affects me when I rest, as my body doesn’t get recharged overnight and my fatigue even affects my sleep. At different times each day, Chronic Fatigue forces me to lie on my bed for 60 minutes or 2-3 hours, and feel the intense pressure on my body.”

“For me CFS exhaustion implies I need to plan each day ahead of time. The danger of a weakness ‘crash’ implies if I am going out anyplace, I have to stay aware how will arrive at that place, how long I will be out, where I can get rest, temperature, availability of food, noise levels, how I will return home.”

“However, I refuse to accept defeat from Chronic fatigue Syndrome. I’m getting treatment from Dr Peter Dobie, and I have made many lifestyle changes. My body has started showing positive results, and I promise you – I’ll be back again, but this time fresher, rejuvenated and full of energy.”