Abbreviations for ID Plates
Cardiomyopathy. A condition when the heart muscle is enlarged, thickened, or stiff: CARDIOMYOPATHY.
Why Heart Disease demands a Medical ID in an emergency
As a heart patient with so many variables in conditions, medications and implanted electronic devices, there is a lot that a first responder should know about you to do the right thing especially when you’re unconscious.
After all, things can go wrong when you least expect them, and a medical ID bracelet often is the only way of communication between you and your medical team in a time of crisis.
For example, if you’re in some accident and can’t speak for yourself, you can feel safe knowing that any vital medical information is safely around your wrist to be seen by first responders.
Paramedics may only have seconds to determine what they can and cannot do to help you. Having all necessary information at such easy and quick access will assure all critical medical data is factored into the proper care being rendered at the emergency scene.
Heart disease basics you need to know:
Heart disease, otherwise known as Cardiovascular Disease, is the number one killer of men and women in America taking millions of lives each year. Heart disease acts as an umbrella term used to describe dysfunction within the body where the heart is at the center of the cause. With this in mind, there are many branches of heart disease one can have the most common types being:
Hypertensive Heart Disease
This is when high blood pressure is the main cause of the disease by overburdening the heart and blood vessels, making them work harder to push blood through the body.
Ischemic heart disease
This is when the coronary arteries, which are the main blood supply from the heart, are too narrow and thus create less efficient blood circulation throughout the body.
Cerebrovascular heart disease
This is when a stroke is the cause of lasting arterial blockages in the brain.
Inflammatory heart disease
Occurs when there is inflammation in or around the heart, or on the heart muscle itself.
What causes heart disease?
There are dozens of risk factors associated with developing heart disease, some that are modifiable and others that are not. Some modifiable risk factors to developing heart disease include tobacco use, diets high in fat and sodium, and leading a sedentary lifestyle because all of these choices can lead to build up of plaque on the arteries and put excessive strain on the heart. Having type II diabetes also increases your risk for developing heart disease. If the condition isn’t controlled well enough, it also can damage your blood vessels and lead to more plaque accumulation.
There are factors that can put people at risk for heart disease that aren’t within their control. Genetics play a role in developing heart disease, for example. High cholesterol, or hyperlipidemia, is a condition that can be hereditary and can cause blockages in the arteries from excess fats. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can also be a hereditary condition in which your heart has to work harder to pump blood through the smaller space. This constant excess pressure on the artery walls weakens them making them more susceptible to atherosclerosis. If someone in your family has had heart complications that also puts you more at risk of suffering from heart disease.