Month: May 2015

Using Respiratory Therapy To Treat Heart Disease

Respiratory therapy is an effective way to treat high blood pressure and heart disease. Both hypertension and hypotension are circulatory disorders, and as the breathing or respiratory centre in the brain is quite close to the circulatory centre it should now occasion no surprise for readers to learn that breathing has an enormous influence upon the circulation and hence upon the regulation of the blood pressure.

The diaphragm is the most important breathing muscle and separates the chest from the abdominal cavity. On inhalation the diaphragm descends, flattens itself out and thus increases the size of the chest cavity. The most powerful movement of the diaphragm takes place in the supine position, stronger than when standing or sitting. For all that, many persons are unable to breathe so well in the supine position and to satisfy their air hunger, because the pressure conditions in the thoracic and abdominal cavities are different on lying than on standing or sitting.

Furthermore, on lying, the viscera press the diaphragm upwards more towards the head so that the lungs must contract more strongly. This is the real reason why with many heart sufferers the supine position is impossible. They suffer from orthopnea, i.e., they can breathe only in the erect position. Their air-need increases on lying, for only on sitting or standing can the diaphragm descend into the abdominal cavity, because the organs (viscera) no longer press against it.

The less flexible the thorax becomes with age due to shallow breathing over a lengthy period, the firmer it remains in the position of inhalation, and is no longer able to return to the position of rest; all the less also is the quantity of air that is exchanged on respiration. Therefore, people should be taught to prolong exhalation and to pay specific attention to this. To superimpose yet deeper inhalation movements upon the already fixed and firmly held inhalation position is incorrect, because such efforts, which are in part erroneous and spasmodic, deepen the breathing only by a trifle on inhalation.

What is of importance is first to restore the flexibility of the thorax by prolonging the exhalation, and by the energetic movement of the diaphragm to relax the lungs better. The air exchange is thus promoted better than solely by the attempt to inhale forcibly. By such an attempt only the lung tissue, which is permanently distended, becomes still more burdened, an excessive demand being put upon its elastic power. Hence it is quite wrong when some Physical Training Instructors cultivate only the inhalation, and decline to use the exercises by which the thorax is contracted and thus made smaller.

The activating cause of hypertension has been discovered in shallow, ineffective breathing. The outstanding symptom, viz., the considerable rise in the blood pressure, has been brought back to normal by correct systematic breathing exercises. And this is confirmed over and over again in one’s practice. Also the subjective symptoms of this complaint are removed, such as the feeling of shortness of breath, sleeplessness, irritability, pressure in the head and on the chest, headache, palpitation giddiness, apathy to work, memory weakness.

After three to six weeks of the breathing cure patients have become completely well without any other medicament, and have remained so as long as they continue to do the breathing exercises. This proves the point that respiratory therapy can be effective in combating this disease.

Anxiety – What is It

Anxiety has been defined as “apprehension, tension or uneasiness that stems from the anticipation of a danger, whose source is largely unknown.” We all experience this uneasiness in varying degrees. You may feel anxious before making a speech in front of a group of people. Or you feel its pangs before a test or an interview. It is often a normal response to certain life situations. It’s your mind’s way of saying, “I’m nervous. I hope I do well!”

But occasionally this uneasiness can be incapacitating preventing you from leading a happy and healthy life. How do you know when its gotten to a problematic level? Well, first, anxiety begins affecting your life in very real and tangible ways. Perhaps you stop taking part in certain social events. Or your job performance becomes affected. Or you begin suffering from anxiety attacks.

“I found myself staying at home more and more. Social events were just too much. It didn’t matter if they were small or big, I’d just feel so claustrophobic. I could barely breathe, let alone hold a conversation. One work party, I found myself standing outside in the cold most of the time. It eventually became easier just to say no and stay at home.” – Elizabeth, 38

Secondly, you feel powerless in the face of your ever-growing anxiety. It seems to feed upon itself, causing more anxiety symptoms. This powerlessness can often lead to depression or physical difficulties.

Left untreated, condition can worsen, leading to an increasingly sheltered, fear-based existence that affects family, friendships, careers and simply, your ability to enjoy your life. Anxiety can also affect every level of your being. It has physiological, behavioral and psychological elements. It’s certainly not just “in your mind” but affects your breathing, your blood pressure, your very being. Hence why anxiety attacks are very real and can occasionally land a sufferer in the emergency room.

So what is the difference between fear and anxiety? Simply put, fear is usually directed at a concrete external situation or object. You may “fear” an upcoming meeting with your boss or even a doctor’s appointment.

Anxiety is more of an internal process and is often vague in its cause. You can’t often specify what you’re anxious about. It’s as if you’re strongly responding to a dangerous situation – but unsure of what that situation is!

While this uneasiness can often feel hazy and strange, the analysis of today has become quite exact. The more you understand about the causes of anxiety, symptoms of anxiety and the treatments for anxiety, the more concrete the solutions become.

Demystifying this condition is the equivalent of looking at the monster in the closet. No longer will it cause sleepless nights and bad dreams. You begin to realize anxiety, like that monster, isn’t as terrifying as you’d feared. To learn more about anxiety and anxiety disorders, please visit

Anchorage Dental Diabetes and Dental Health

Aiming to make our lives comfortable and healthier, medical science is conducting extensive research on various diseases affecting humans and making available different treatments and therapies. With advancement of communication technology and explosion of media our awareness of lifestyle diseases as well as information and knowledge of about genetic predisposition of our bodies is known to all of us.

Today sophisticated diagnostic facilities combined with multiple treatment options is helping us manage our health risks.

Increasing cases of people dying due to complications resulting out of diabetes is increasing. Diabetes affect our dental health as well as increases the risk of heart failure, kidney failure and multi organ failures too.

On the other hand, researchers have found the link between gum diseases and periodontal diseases affecting diabetes patients and increasing the death rate related to cardiovascular disease and renal failure.

Gum diseases, swelling and infection leading to bleeding is caused by the bacteria that grows in dental plaque. If the infection is not treated appropriately and in time, the infection can increase and spread to other parts of the gums and teeth and can result in loss of tooth. Further it has also found by researches that the infection can affect blood vessels and damage the heart as well as kidneys. Gum diseases are not often detected in time and treated. We might ignore it for number of years before we are forced to treat bacterial infection. Maintaining poor oral hygiene helps increase the infection and cause gingivitis as well as bleeding. If you do not act in time and control the situation to treat the infection, you might end up damaging the bones as well. Diabetic patients should always remember that treating and controlling infections in case of dental diseases.

Amongst diabetes affected population, majority of people are also found to be affected with periodontal diseases. Though not in the beginning in later stages of life many more fall prey to gum diseases and loose teeth. The number of diabetics who lost their life due to the complications arising out of the disease also suffered from gum diseases.

Diabetes is a silent killer and is known to affect all organs of the body. Wounds and infections in diabetic patients does not heal easily and in time. Hence it is very important for diabetics to control strict diet that is sugar less and also maintain very good oral hygiene. Controlling intake of sugars is very essential for dental health as well as for diabetes for sugar is the common enemy that spoils the teeth and increases the glucose in blood. Dental hygiene can save you from dental problems as well as save your teeth.

Infant Respiratory Distress Caused by Collapsed Alveoli

Infants with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) have trouble breathing because the lungs don’t work properly. The alveoli, which are the tiny air sacs inside of the lungs, collapse, which makes it hard for the infant to breathe. Common in premature infants – those born six weeks or more before their due date – RDS is the result of a lack of surfactant, which is a naturally occurring substance that coats the lungs and is secreted by the alveoli. When there isn’t enough surfactant at birth, infants can experience respiratory distress because the alveoli cannot reopen after they collapse. This can result in the infant not having enough oxygen, thereby complicating organ functions. Surfactant is usually produced just a few weeks before birth, which is why respiratory distress is common in premature infants.

Sometimes a membrane, called a hyaline membrane, forms around the air sacs in the lungs. This makes it even more difficult for oxygen to reach the tiny blood vessels around the alveoli. That’s why infant RDS is sometimes called hyaline membrane disease.

An infant who experiences respiratory distress due to collapsed alveoli should be treated as soon as RDS is diagnosed. This typically will happen directly after birth. Infants with respiratory distress need specialized care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Babies in the NICU receive care from doctors and nurses who specialize in treating infant respiratory distress disorders, among others.

Once in the NICU, infants with respiratory distress need immediate help with their breathing and restoring proper alveoli function. This can be achieved through a variety of different treatments and therapies. For example, an infant with respiratory distress might receive pulmonary surfactant replacement therapy, which involves administering artificial surfactants. These are administered until the infant is able to produce surfactant on his or her own, and the lungs and alveoli become more developed.

Artificial pulmonary surfactants are typically administered through a tube that sends the medication directly into the infant’s lungs. Ideally, the infant will be able to breathe easier in days and weeks following surfactant therapy. Another treatment option is for infants with respiratory distress to receive breathing support from a mechanical ventilator or a nasal continuous positive airway pressure machine (NCPAP).

Surfactant therapy should only be administered by medical professionals within the confines of an NICU. Parents should talk with their child’s doctor about specific instructions after the baby is released from the NICU and has completed his or her respiratory distress treatment.