Atrial Fibrillation is a condition where the heart beats very fast and irregularly. Some patients only experience mild symptoms with atrial fibrillation such as palpitations, breathlessness or light headedness, while others can experience profound symptoms and feel quite unwell with it. 1 in 3 strokes are caused by AF in people over the age of 60 and people with AF have a 3-5 times greater risk of stroke than people without AF.
If you have recently been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, your physician might refer you to a Cardiologist where you will be assessed for stroke risk. One of the ways a Cardiologist assesses stroke risk is by using a guideline called the CHADS score. This takes a number of factors into consideration in order to ensure the patient is put on the right treatment for stroke prevention.
Atrial Fibrillation is a condition where the top two chambers of the heart called the atria beat fast and irregularly. When this occurs, blood can pool in the atria causing blood clots. These blood clots can break off and travel to various parts of the body including the brain, causing a stroke. In order to prevent stroke in patients they need to be assessed by a qualified practitioner and in many cases anticoagulants are prescribed.
What happens to my heart during a heart attack?
When a part of the heart muscle experiences a decrease in blood flow (which delivers oxygen), the affected part of the heart muscle dies and this is a heart attack. The decrease in blood flow to the heart is usually linked to a blockage. Ensuring you visit your physician regularly can help you monitor your heart health and watch for any warning signs of heart disease.
When can you participate in postnatal yoga?
You are usually ok to start a mom-and-baby yoga class once you've been approved by your doctor to start a physical regime.
Usually this is going start four weeks post delivery if you've had a vaginal birth, six weeks for caesarean, and anytime up to pre-crawlers. Usually once the babies start crawling they're a bit too hard to contain.
How long can I take my insulin pump off for?
There are certain situations where you might want to have your pump disconnected, such as swimming or even taking a shower. If you have been given the go-ahead from your diabetes care team to disconnect your pump during these activities, the general limit would be up to an hour before the pump needs to be reconnected.