Broken Heart Syndrome
Sometimes a broken heart may not just hurt on the psychological level, it can lead to a physical medical condition known as “Broken Heart Syndrome” which results in symptoms similar to a heart attack such as sudden chest pain and shortness of breath.
A broken heart syndrome is usually preceded by an intense physical or emotional event such as the death of loved one, a frightening experience or even positive shocks like winning the lottery. The most common explanation for the condition is that these stressful events cause a surge of stress hormones, such as adrenaline, which may temporarily damage some parts of the heart and disrupt its normal pumping function.
Fortunately, this condition is usually treatable and most patients make a quick full recovery if treated correctly under the care of a physician.
An artificial heart is a kind of a mechanical pump that replaces a failing heart; typically, to sustain patients until a donor heart is available for transplant, some models even allow patients to leave the hospital while waiting for the transplant, carrying a specially designed backpack that holds the batteries and machines which need to remain connected to the device. A patient named Peter Houghton even survived for seven years on an artificial heart before he died at 68 years old.
Researchers and engineers today continue their work with the ambition of building an artificial heart that can act as a permanent solution to people with failing hearts.
Breast Cancer is a serious medical condition. Like most other forms of cancer, early detection can have a significant effect on the outcomes of treatment.
Self-breast exams can be done at home, and while they are not as effective as a mammography or a physical exam done by a specialist, they are a good way to get familiar with your own body and make it easier to notice any changes or signs that need to be reported to the doctor.
In the attached image is a simple guide for Self Breast Exams, try to do this regularly and look for lumps or other worrying signs.
It should be noted that these signs can be caused by a number of medical conditions other than cancer, so if you notice something try not to jump to conclusions. Make an appointment with your doctor and carry one from there, and keep in mind that even in the case of a positive diagnosis there are plenty of treatment options, so stay positive and stay strong.