A Focus on The Heart: How Your Heart Works

Fheart healthebruary is American Heart Month. Throughout the country, medical facilities are raising awareness of heart disease in a bid to help people to protect themselves from developing heart disease and to highlight the different treatments available for various heart conditions.

At Stem Cell Application Mexico we offer stem cell application for a range of heart conditions. This month we will be looking more closely at these conditions, their causes and their treatment options. First, let’s take a look at how the heart works.

The heart is made up of two sides. The left side is responsible for pumping blood to the lungs and the right side pumps blood to the rest of the body. Deoxygenated blood (that does not have oxygen in it) from the body goes into the right atrium via the vena cava. It then goes into the right ventricle where it is taken to the lungs via the pulmonary artery.  Once in the lungs, the red blood cells are loaded with oxygen. The oxygenated blood then goes to the left ventricle where it is circulated to the organs and tissues of the body. The oxygen is offloaded from the blood to the cells in the body and carbon dioxide, the left over product, is loaded onto the blood cells. The deoxygenated blood then returns to the right atrium, right ventricle and finally to the lungs, where the carbon dioxide is offloaded and oxygen reloaded into the red blood cells, and so on.

What is Heart Failure?

In left heart failure, the left ventricle is unable to pump blood to the body properly. This causes a backup of fluid that then leaks into the lungs, causing shortness of breath.  If the right heart fails, the right ventricle can’t pump blood into the lungs properly. Blood and fluid can then backup in the veins that take blood to the heart, resulting in fluid to leak into tissues and organs.

What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack happens as the result of a blockage that leads to insufficient oxygen-rich blood getting to the muscle in part of the heart.

Heart attacks usually arise as the result of coronary heart disease (CHD), or coronary artery disease. In this condition, a waxy substance called plaque builds up in the coronary arteries, the arteries that supply the heart with oxygenated blood.  Plaque builds up over time and eventually a bit of the plaque will break open, causing a blood clot on its surface. If the clot is big enough, it can cause a blockage in the artery, meaning that blood can’t flow to the heart.  Deprived of oxygen, that section of the heart will start to die.

Less frequently, heart attacks can be caused by a severe spasm of the coronary artery, which cuts off the supply of blood to the heart.

Can Stem Cell Application Help?  

At Stem Cell Application Mexico we offer stem cell application for patients who suffer from heart conditions, including congestive heart failure and recovery of ST-elevation following a heart attack. In our autologous treatment programs we use the patient’s own stem cells, reducing the risk of complications whilst targeting the healing potential of the stem cells to reduce the damage caused by the heart condition.

If you would like to find out more about how stem cell application could help you or a loved one following the diagnosis of a heart condition or following a heart attack, contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation from one of our US based consultants.

 

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