General Disease Index
HOMOEOPATHY PROVIDES SAFE EFFECTIVE TREATMENT
FOR ANY CONDITION IN ANY PATIENT
There exists a general misconception amongst the public as to what diseases or conditions may or may not be treated by Registered Homoeopathic Practitioners.
Registered Homoeopathic Practitioners may treat any condition within their published scope of practice, but as with Conventional Medical Treatment, not all diseases and cases are curable.
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The successfull treatment of any condition by whatever means, whether Homoeopathic or Conventional Medical, is dependent upon many factors.
The ideal treatment of any condition would be a multi-disciplinary approach, where Homoeopathic and Conventional Medical Practitioners work together to the benifit of the Patient's health and well-being.
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The following is a short and incomplete list of conditions that may be considered as being within the scope of practice of Registered Homoeopathic Practitioners. In some cases the diseases in the list are linked to a valuable website or other source of information. It is hoped that in the near future each condition will be accompanied by a short description.
(This is by no means complete and is intended to serve as a guide only.)
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DEFINITIONS AND EXPLANATIONS OF TERMS
Definitions and detail about these conditions can be found at Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia, by copying the name of the disease / condition from the list below and pasting it into the "search" window on the left side of the Wikipedia web page.
In some cases links have been inserted that redirects the reader to specific Wikipedia or other pages.
- Abdominal pain: Pain in the abdomen. Abdominal pain can come from conditions affecting a variety of organs. The term abdominal pain generally is used to describe pain originating from organs within the abdominal cavity. These organs include the stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
- Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly , that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the chest and the pelvis. The abdomen is separated anatomically from the chest by the diaphragm, the powerful muscle spanning the body cavity below the lungs.
- Abnormal: Not normal. Deviating from the usual structure, position, condition, or behavior. In referring to a growth, abnormal may mean that it is cancerous or premalignant (likely to become cancer).
- Abortion (threatening or tendency to)
- Achalasia (See also GERD!
- Abscesses of Liver
- ACE inhibitors : A drug that
inhibits ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) which is important to
the formation of angiotensin II. Angiotensin II causes arteries in
the body to constrict and thereby raises the blood pressure. ACE
inhibitors lower the blood pressure by inhibiting the formation of
angiotensin II. This relaxes the arteries. Relaxing the arteries not
only lowers blood pressure, but also improves the pumping efficiency
of a failing heart and improves cardiac output in patients with
heart failure. ACE inhibitors are therefore used for blood pressure
control and congestive heart failure.
- Acid reflux: A common condition
and an abnormal one in which acid in the stomach rises up into the
esophagus . This occurs because the valve separating the contents of
the stomach from the esophagus does not function properly. See also:
- Acne, all types
- Acute myocardial infarction: A heart attack.
- Acute: Of abrupt onset, in
reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness that is
of short duration, rapidly progressive, and in need of urgent care.
- Adenosine: A nucleoside containing
adenine as its base. Adenosine acts to dilate the coronary arteries
and is employed in the adenosine thallium scan of the heart.
- Addison's Disease
- Adenoid Enlargement / Hypertrophy
- Adrenal Insufficiency (See also AdrenoState)
- African Sleeping Sickness
- A1C: A test that measures how much
glucose has been sticking during the past 3-4 months to hemoglobin ,
the substance in the red blood cells that carries oxygen to the
cells of the body. The A1C test is important in diabetes as a
long-term measure of control over blood glucose . Even outside of
diabetes, an elevated A1C level may be a cardiovascular risk factor.
- Alcohol abuse: Use of alcoholic
beverages to excess, either on individual occasions ("binge
drinking") or as a regular practice. For some
individuals-children or pregnant women, for example-almost any
amount of alcohol use may be legally considered "alcohol
abuse," depending on local laws. Heavy alcohol abuse can cause
physical damage and death.
- Aldosteronism, Primary
- Allergic Drugs Reactions
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Alzheimers disease
- Amoebic Dysentery
- Amylase: Enzyme produced in the
pancreas and salivary glands that helps in the digestion of starches
from the diet. Blood amylase levels may be increased in patients who
- Amyloidosis : A group of diseases
that result from the abnormal deposition of a protein called amyloid
in tissues and organs.
- Amyloid kidney (a form of Bright's disease)
- Anal Fissure
- Anal Fistula
- Anal Itching / Pruritus
- Analysis: A psychology term for
processes used to gain understanding of complex emotional or
- Anaphylatic Shock
- Anaemia, Aplastic
- Anaemia, Hemolytic
- Anaemia, Iron Deficiency
- Anaemia, Pernicious
- Aneurysm: A ballooning out of an artery in an area where the arterial wall has become weakened. Over a period of years the aneurysm will gradually expand and eventually rupture. If it is an aortic aneurysm, death will occur quickly. If it is a brain aneurysm, the victim will have a stroke.
- ♥ Angina Pectoris Chest pain that is typically severe and crushing with a feeling just behind the breastbone (the sternum) of pressure and suffocation, due to an inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart muscle.
- Angioedema (Angioneurotic oedema)
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Anorectal Abscess
- ♥ Anxiety attack / Panic attack (See also ♥ Cardiac Neurosis)
- Aphthous Stomatitis
- Arcus Senilis
- ♥ Arteriosclerosis
- Arteritis, Temporal
- Artery Ballooning (See Aneurysm) Aneurysm: A ballooning out of an artery in an area where the arterial wall has become weakened. Over a period of years the aneurysm will gradually expand and eventually rupture. If it is an aortic aneurysm, death will occur quickly. If it is a brain aneurysm, the victim will have a stroke.
- ♥ Atherosclerosis
- Autism (See also Proof That Thimerosal Induces Autism-Like Neurotoxicity)
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X
- Bacillary Dysentery
- Back Pain, Low
- Bell's Palsy
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia - Hypertrophy (BPH)
- Black Hairy Tongue
- Black Lung Disease
- Bladder (Ruptured)
- Bladder Affections
- Bladder Stones
- Bladder, Tumor (Benign)
- Bleeding Disease
- Blindness (See The Two Superfoods That Stop Blindness)
- Blindness, Colour
- ♥ Block, Heart (See Heart Block)
- Blood Poisoning
- ♥ Blood Pressure, High (See Hypertension)
- Boils in the Ear Canal
- Bone, Tuberculosis of
- Brain Dysfunction, Minimal
- Brain Fag
- Brain Tumor
- Breast, Fibrocystic Disease
- Breathing, Over
- Bright's Disease (Acute)
- Bright's Disease (Chron.)
- Cancer, Bladder
- Cancer, Bone
- Cancer, Bone Marrow
- Cancer, Brain
- Cancer, Breast
- Cancer, Colon
- Cancer, Oesophagus
- Cancer, Gallbladder
- Cancer, Kidney
- Cancer, Kidney (Wilms' Tumor)
- Cancer, Larynx
- Cancer, Lip
- Cancer, Liver
- Cancer, Lung
- Cancer, Ovarian
- Cancer, Pancreas
- Cancer, Pharynx
- Cancer, Prostate
- Cancer, Rectal
- Cancer, Retina
- Cancer, Skin
- Cancer, Small Intestine
- Cancer, Stomach
- Cancer, Testis
- Cancer, Throat
- Cancer, Thyroid
- Cancer, Uterine
- Cancer, Vaginal
- Candidiasis (Candida)
- Canker Sores
- ♥ Cardiac Neurosis
- Cardiospasm (see Achalasia)
- Cauliflower Ear
- Celiac Disease
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chicken Pox / Varicella Chickenpox or chicken pox (Varicella) is a highly contagious illness caused by primary infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV)
- Cholecystitis (Acute)
- Cholecystitis (Chronic)
- Cholesterol (Read also HERE AND read THIS article at www.mercola.com)
- Chronic Cystic Mastitis
- Chronic Rhinitis
- Crohn's Disease
- Cirrhosis of the Liver
- Cold Sores
- Collapsed Lung
- Colour Blindness
- Common Cold
- Concentration problems
- Congenital Syphilis
- ♥ Congestive Heart Failure
- Corneal Ulcer
- ♥ Coronary Thrombosis
- Cross-eyed Croup
- Curvature of Spine
- Cushing's Syndrome
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Cystic Mastitis
- ♥ Da Costa's syndrome (See Cardiac Neurosis)
- Dark Glasses Abuse
- Deafness, Sudden
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Deficiency, Ascorbic Ac. (Vitamin C - See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Deficiency, Dietary
- Deficiency, Folic Acid (Folate - See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Deficiency, Naicin (See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Deficiency, Nicotinic Ac. (Vitamin B3 / Niacin / Vitamin PP - See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Deficiency, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2 - See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Deficiency, Salt
- Deficiency, Thiamine (Vitamin B1 - See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Deficiency, Vitamin A (See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Deficiency, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine - See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Deficiency, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin - See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Deficiency, Vitamin B3 (Nicotinic Acid / Niacin / Vitamin PP - See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Deficiency, Vitamin C (Ascorbate - See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Deficiency, Vitamin D (See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Deficiency, Vitamin K (See Vitamins & Minerals)
- Degenerative Joint disease
- Dermatitis, Atopic
- Dermatitis, Contact
- Detatched Retina
- Deviated Septum
- Diabetes Insipidus
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Diarrhoea, acute/chronic
- Dumping Syndrome
- Dysfunction, Brain
- Dyspepsias, all types (Also see Achalasia)
- Eczema, all types
- Oedema of the Lungs
- Enteritis, Regional
- Esophagitis (Oesophagitis) (Also see Achalasia)
- Zenker's Diverticulum
- Eustachian Tube Obstruct
- Exophthalmic Goitre
- Eye Disorders general
- Falling Of Hair
- False Labor Pains
- Fever Blisters
- Fever, Breakbone
- Fever, Dandy
- Fever, Glandular
- Fever, Parrot Fever
- Fever, Rabbit
- Fever, Relapsing
- Fever, Rheumatic
- Fever, Rocky Mount.spot
- Fever, San Joaquin
- Fever, Scarlet (Scarlatina)
- Fever, Typhoid
- Fever, Undulant
- Fever, Valley
- Fever, Yellow
- ♥ Fibrillation, Atrial
- ♥ Fibrillation, Ventricular
- Fibroadenoma of Breast
- Fibrocystic Breast Disease
- Fibroid Tumor
- Focal Infections
- Food Poisoning
- Frozen Shoulder
- Fungal infections, all type
- Fungus Infect.- Ear Canal
- Habit Spasms
- Halitosis / bad breath
- Hanses's Disease
- Hay Fever
- Headache: Cluster
- Headache: Migraine
- Headache: Tension
- Hearing Loss
- ♥ (HUMAN) HEART The human heart provides a continuous blood circulation through the cardiac cycle and is one of the most vital organs in the human body. (See also "Heart") The organ responsible for pumping blood throughout the blood vessels by repeated, rhythmic contractions
- ♥ See my page with detailed information on ♥ Heart Disease ♥ Dr. Prinsloo's page filled with ARTICLES AND LINKS TO IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON ♥ HEART DISEASE ♥
- ♥ ACE Inhibitors:(Commonly Used Drug) Technically, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. A class of drug that lowers blood pressure by blocking the formation of a neurohormone known as angiotensin.
- ♥ Alpha Blockers:(Commonly Used Drug) A class of drugs that lower blood pressure by dilating the peripheral blood vessels.
- ♥ Angina Pectoris A unique kind of chest discomfort often described as a heaviness, tightness, aching, or feeling that the chest is in a vise. It is usually, but not always, due to coronary artery disease in which the narrowing of the coronary artery is great enough to cause ischemia to the heart muscle. The most common cause of angina like chest pain is hypertension. Angina pectoris, commonly known as angina, is severe chest pain due to ischemia (a lack of blood, hence a lack of oxygen supply) of the heart muscle, generally due to obstruction or spasm of the coronary arteries (the heart's blood vessels). Coronary artery disease, the main cause of angina, is due to atherosclerosis of the cardiac arteries
- ♥ Angiotensin Receptor Blockers:(Commonly Used Drug) These are drugs that accomplish the same thing as the Ace inhibitor inhibitors but through a different mechanism of action.
- ♥ Apexcardiogram:(A Specific Noninvasive Test) This is a muscle cardiogram of the pattern of contraction and relaxation of the heart's muscle. This test will provide information about the rate and amount of filling of the heart, and whether it is contracting normally. Much simpler (and less expensive) than the previously noted tests, it is extremely sensitive in the early detection of hypertension and ♥ Heart Disease ♥ , and provides serial information about the progression of the patient's disease.
- ♥ Arteriosclerosis Arteriosclerosis refers to a stiffening of arteries. Arteriosclerosis is a general term describing any hardening (and loss of elasticity) of medium or large arteries. It should not be confused with 'arteriolosclerosis' or 'atherosclerosis. The gradual buildup of plaque along the inside wall of an artery. Contrary to what you may have read or been told, less than 5% of a plaque is made up of cholesterol. The remainder consists of clot-like material and various cells. If the plaque occludes more than 50% of the arterial lumen (opening), then it may interfere with the flow of blood. A heart attack is believed to be due to the rupture of a plaque in one of the coronary arteries followed by bleeding and the formation of a clot. If the clot completely blocks the artery, the victim may have a myocardial infarction (heart attack).
- ♥ Atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis (also known as arteriosclerotic vascular disease or ASVD) is a condition in which an artery wall thickens as the result of a build-up of fatty materials such as cholesterol. It is a syndrome affecting arterial blood vessels, a chronic inflammatory response in the walls of arteries, in large part due to the accumulation of macrophage white blood cells and promoted by low-density lipoproteins (plasma proteins that carry cholesterol and triglycerides) without adequate removal of fats and cholesterol from the macrophages by functional high density lipoproteins (HDL)
- ♥ Beta Blockers:(Commonly Used Drug) Beta blockers are a class of heart drugs that block the effect of adrenaline on the heart. There the heart rate will not increase during stress, and the workload of the heart will be reduced.
- ♥ Calcium Channel Blockers:(Commonly Used Drug) A class of drugs that lower blood pressure and increase coronary blood flow.
- ♥ Cardiac cycle (Related to Heart rate) Cardiac cycle is the term referring to all or any of the events related to the flow or blood pressure that occurs from the beginning of one heartbeat to the beginning of the next. The frequency of the cardiac cycle is the heart rate
- ♥ Cardiac Neurosis A syndrome with a set of symptoms that are similar to those of ♥ Heart Disease ♥ , though a physical examination does not reveal any physiological abnormalities. In modern times, Da Costa's syndrome is considered the manifestation of an anxiety disorder and treatment is primarily behavioral, involving modifications to lifestyle and daily exertion
- ♥ CAT Scanning:(A Specific Noninvasive Test) CAT scanning, a well-known x-ray technique, also can be used to determine if there is calcium in the coronary arteries. If calcium is present it is presumptive evidence that the artery is narrowed.
- ♥ Collateral Vessels: When a coronary artery becomes narrowed, under a process known as angiogenesis (angio=blood vessels, genesis=birth of), new vessels will bud out from the obstructed artery like branches from a tree, upstream from the obstruction, and reinsert into the obstructed artery downstream from the obstruction, or they may connect up with a nearby healthy artery, allowing the blood flow to reach the heart muscle. These new vessels are known as collateral vessels. In a sense, the heart puts in its own bypasses.
- ♥ Coronary artery disease: The development of arteriosclerotic plaque within the coronary arteries on the surface of the heart. When the artery is sufficiently narrowed, blood flow to the heart muscle may be reduced and the muscle (myocardium) may become ischemic.
- ♥ Coronary Thrombosis Coronary thrombosis is a form of thrombosis affecting the coronary circulation. It is associated with stenosis subsequent to clotting. The condition is considered as a type of ischaemic ♥ Heart Disease ♥ .
- ♥ Coronary Angiogram: An invasive test in which a plastic tube called a catheter in inserted in the main artery in the thigh (femoral artery) and pushed up the aorta till it reaches the heart. The catheter is then inserted into the coronary arteries as the aorta exits from the heart. X-ray opaque dye is injected under high pressure and high-speed x-rays are taken. The artery and its branches can then be imaged. If the artery is narrowed or obstructed, its location can be identified.
- ♥ Coronary angioplasty: A catheter with a balloon at the tip is passed into a coronary artery to where it is narrowed and the balloon is inflated with 2-15 atmospheres of pressure. (You have 2 atmospheres of pressure in your automobile tires. The hope is the artery will be expanded where it is narrowed. In the process, the arterial wall is often damaged and sometimes it is perforated.
- ♥ Coronary artery bypass surgery: A vein from the leg, or an artery from beneath the breastbone is connected to the obstructed coronary artery upstream and downstream from the obstruction allowing blood to flow around the obstruction. Such bypasses frequently become obstructed themselves over time.
- ♥ Coronary heart disease: Direct damage to the heart muscle of a degree sufficient to interfere with the function of the heart. This may result from a marked reduction in blood flow to the heart muscle as a result of narrowing due to coronary artery disease, or from complete blockage of the artery that occurs during a heart attack (myocardial infarction). If the amount of damage or area of impaired function is not too large, it may not interfere with the total function of the heart. If there is extensive damage to the heart muscle (usually from multiple heart attacks), the heart may become so weak that heart failure will develop. It is important to note that a victim may have coronary artery disease but not coronary ♥ Heart Disease ♥ because of the development of collateral vessels around the narrowed coronary artery.
- ♥ Diuretics:(Commonly Used Drug) A class of drugs that eliminate excess fluid from the body and help to lower blood pressure.
- ♥ Doppler echocardiography:(A Specific Noninvasive Test) this procedure is performed simultaneously with an echocardiogram and provides information about the velocity of blood flow within the heart's chambers and the direction it is traveling. Thus it helps doctors detect the origin of a heart murmur, and whether a valve is obstructed or leaking or both. Newer Doppler technologies allow the measurement of the velocity of contraction of the heart muscle itself. Damaged or ischemic muscle contracts and relaxes more slowly than normal muscle.
- ♥ Electrocardiogram:(A Specific Noninvasive Test) A recording of the electrical output of the heart. It becomes abnormal only when there is advanced ♥ Heart Disease ♥ . It cannot detect early ♥ Heart Disease ♥ and may even be normal during a heart attack. It does not provide information about the function of the heart anymore than measuring the voltage from a car battery will reflect the performance of a car.
- ♥ Echocardiogram:(A Specific Noninvasive Test) A test used to detect ♥ Heart Disease ♥ based upon the principle of sonar or radar, and similar to the sonogram used in pregnancy. High frequency sound waves are transmitted to the inside of the heart. These waves are reflected from the various interfaces within the heart and provides moving images of its muscular walls. Therefore, an echocardiogram can determine whether there are localized abnormalities of contraction or impaired blood flow due to obstructive coronary artery disease, whether the heart muscle is thickened due to hypertension or thinned from a prior heart attack, whether the dimensions of the heart's chambers are increased from an overload, the structure and motion of the valves as they open and close, whether there is obstruction or leakage of those valves, and the velocity of blood flow in all four cardiac chambers as it fills and empties. If the blood flow is reduced to an area of heart due to an obstruction of a coronary artery, the motion of the ischemic muscle will be different than normal. If, however, collateral vessels are present, the muscle will function normally even though an angiogram shows a severely narrowed artery.
- ♥ Extrasystole (Premature Heartbeat) (Related to Heart rate) A Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC), also known as a premature ventricular complex, ventricular premature contraction (or complex or complexes) (VPC), ventricular premature beat (VPB), or extrasystole, is a relatively common event where the heartbeat is initiated by the heart ventricles rather than by the sinoatrial node, the normal heartbeat initiator.
- ♥ Fibrillation, Atrial (Related to Heart rate) Fibrillation is the rapid, irregular, and unsynchronized contraction of muscle fibers. An important occurrence is with regards to the heart. Atrial fibrillation (AF or A-fib) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) and involves the two upper chambers (atria) of the heart. Its name comes from the fibrillating (i.e., quivering) of the heart muscles of the atria, instead of a coordinated contraction. It can often be identified by taking a pulse and observing that the heartbeats don't occur at regular intervals
- ♥ Fibrillation, Ventricular (Related to Heart rate) Fibrillation is the rapid, irregular, and unsynchronized contraction of muscle fibers. An important occurrence is with regards to the heart. Ventricular fibrillation (V-fib or VF) is a condition in which there is uncoordinated contraction of the cardiac muscle of the ventricles in the heart, making them quiver rather than contract properly. While there is activity, perhaps best described as 'writhing like a can filled with worms' it is undetectable by palpation (feeling) at major pulse points of the carotid and femoral arteries especially by the lay person. Such an arrhythmia is only confirmed by electrocardiography.
- ♥ Heart Attack (Myocardial infarction) Myocardial infarction (MI) or acute myocardial infarction (AMI), commonly known as a heart attack, is the interruption of blood supply to part of the heart, causing heart cells to die. This is most commonly due to occlusion (blockage) of a coronary artery following the rupture of a vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque, which is an unstable collection of lipids (fatty acids) and white blood cells (especially macrophages) in the wall of an artery. The resulting ischemia (restriction in blood supply) and oxygen shortage, if left untreated for a sufficient period of time, can cause damage or death (infarction) of heart muscle tissue (myocardium). It is currently believed that when an arteriosclerotic plaque ruptures, it may cause the blood in a coronary artery to clot on the surface of the plaque. If the clot is large enough, it will occlude the artery and block the flow of blood to the heart muscle. This will damage or even destroy the heart muscle if there are not enough collateral blood vessels to carry the blood around the occluded vessel.
- ♥ Heartbeat / Heart rate Heart rate is the number of heartbeats per unit of time - typically expressed as beats per minute (bpm) - which can vary as the body's need for oxygen changes, such as during exercise or sleep.
- ♥ Heart Block A heart block is a disease in the electrical system of the heart. This is opposed to coronary artery disease, which is disease of the blood vessels of the heart. While coronary artery disease can cause angina (chest pain) or myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart block can cause lightheadedness, syncope (fainting), and palpitations
- ♥ Heart Disease Heart disease or cardiopathy is an umbrella term for a variety of different diseases affecting the heart. See this Wikipedia page for more information on 'Coronary heart disease', 'Cardiomyopathy', 'Cardiovascular disease, 'Ischaemic heart disease' and much more. (See our extensive page on Heart Disease) ARTICLES AND LINKS TO IMPORTANT ARTICLES ON HEART DISEASE
- ♥ Heart Failure (Congestive Heart Failure). Heart failure (HF) is generally defined as inability of the heart to supply sufficient blood flow to meet the body's needs. It has various diagnostic criteria, and the term heart failure is often incorrectly used to describe other cardiac-related illnesses, such as myocardial infarction (heart attack) or cardiac arrest.. After multiple heart attacks, the heart becomes very enlarged and stretched out and loses its elasticity. It becomes so weak it cannot function or contract enough to supply the body's needs. When this happens the patient is said to be in heart failure.
- ♥ Heart Murmur: (Related to Heart rate) A sound within the heart's chambers due to the turbulence of blood as it passes through a damaged valve.
- ♥ Heart & Periodontal Disease It is a well established fact (known for more than 30 years already) that there is a clear and Positive Association Between Periodontal Disease and Coronary ♥ Heart Disease ♥ .
- ♥ Heart Rhythm, Sinus rhythm (Related to Heart rate) inus rhythm is a term used in medicine to describe the normal beating of the heart, as measured by an electrocardiogram (ECG)
- ♥ Heart Sounds (Related to Heart rate) The heart sounds are the noises (sound) generated by the beating heart and the resultant flow of blood through it. This is also called a heartbeat.
- ♥ Holter Monitoring:(A Specific Noninvasive Test) A series of EKG electrodes are attached to the chest for 24 hours. In a sense this is a continuous EKG over a 24 hour period. Individuals with obstructive coronary artery disease often have silent ischemia during stress of daily activities that would not be seen on an office EKG. Holter monitoring allows detection of coronary artery disease that might otherwise be missed because of the absence of symptoms.
- ♥ Hypertension The old definition is a sustained elevation of blood pressure to abnormal levels (above 135/85). Because it is possible to have hypertension with a normal blood pressure, a more correct definition is that the victim develops an abnormal increase in blood pressure when subjected to stress or exertion. See also Hypertension & Magnesium Three articles on Magnesium's role in Hypertension.
- ♥ Hypotension hypotension is abnormally low blood pressure
- ♥ Ischemia: A generic term meaning reduced blood flow to a given area. Ischemia to the brain can result in fainting. If prolonged it will cause a stroke. Ischemia to the myocardium (heart muscle), will cause angina pectoris. If prolonged, it will produce a myocardial infarction.
- ♥ Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI:(A Specific Noninvasive Test) Magnetic resonance imaging, which is widely used to study the anatomy of many areas of the body, also can be used to study the heart. It provides anatomical rather than functional information. Newer methods even allow the study of blood flow in the coronary arteries.
- ♥ Myocardium: The wall of the heart is made up of three layers: An outer layer called the pericardium. It is a tough membrane like covering to protect the heart from expanding. Unfortunately it may interfere with the flow of blood in the coronary arteries. The middle layer is the thick heart muscle that is uniquely designed to contract in a circular fashion in order to squeeze blood into the circulation approximately once a second. It is this layer that is called the myocardium. The myocardium is lined with a smooth layer of tissue known as the endocardium. It is in direct contact with the blood within the heart's chambers and prevents the blood from clotting inside of the heart.
- ♥ Nitrates:(Commonly Used Drug) These are a class of drugs that increase the blood flow to the heart muscle and reduce the workload on the heart by causing substantial amounts of blood to pool on the venous side of the circulation.
- ♥ Nitroglycerine:(Commonly Used Drug) A nitrate like drug that can be placed beneath the tongue to rapidly dilate the coronary arteries to increase the blood flow within those arteries.
- ♥ NSAID drugs:(Commonly Used Drug) Anti-inflammatory drugs that work like cortisone although they are not. They are potentially dangerous to heart patients because they cause marked fluid retention.
- ♥ Noninvasive cardiologist: A cardiologist who diagnoses and treats ♥ Heart Disease ♥ using the noninvasive tests listed below. None of the noninvasive tests require the insertion of tubes or catheters inside of the body. In addition, whenever possible the patient with ♥ Heart Disease ♥ is also treated noninvasively using the drugs listed below. Interventions such as bypass surgery, angioplasty and the insertion of stents are never employed unless medical treatment is unsuccessful, which is rare.
- ♥ Noninvasive Tests: Noninvasive tests are a group of tests that involves the placing of radioactive detectors, sonar devices, electronic sensors, pulse transducers, and microphones on the surface of the chest over the heart---not all at once but one at a time. No catheters, tubes or needles enter or "invade" the body. Such tests image and permanently record the structure and function of the heart during both contraction and relaxation. See below for the kind of information that may be obtained from each noninvasive test. The information derived from noninvasive tests allows early discovery of ♥ Heart Disease ♥ , or its progression, the detection of complications before symptoms appear, the identification of patients who are at high risk for a future heart attack, and the effectiveness and optimal dosages of drugs used in treatment. Once ♥ Heart Disease ♥ is found then predisposing conditions that accelerate its progression can be identified, treated and eliminated. Drugs which protect the heart and improve its blood supply and function can be given. The same noninvasive tests used for early diagnosis may be utilized to monitor the patient's progress. These can be compared with previous tests in order to optimize treatment, and to detect and treat adverse changes even before complications occur.
- ♥ Paroxysmal Tachycardia (Related to Heart rate) Paroxysmal tachycardia is a form of tachycardia which begins and ends in an acute (or paroxysmal) manner. It is also known as 'Bouveret-Hoffmann syndrome.
- ♥ Pericarditis Pericarditis is an inflammation (-itis) of the pericardium (the fibrous sac surrounding the heart)
- ♥ Phonocardiogram:(A Specific Noninvasive Test) This is a high fidelity sound recording of the sounds and murmurs made by the heart. It allows the detection of subaudible sounds and murmurs, and makes a permanent record of these events. In contrast, the ordinary stethoscope cannot detect such sounds or murmurs, and provides no record of their occurrence. The ability to quantitate the sounds made by the heart provides information not readily available from more sophisticated tests, and provides vital information about the effects of certain cardiac drugs upon the heart. It is also an effective method for tracking the progress of the patient's disease.
- ♥ Positron Emission Tomography or PET:(A Specific Noninvasive Test) A type of radioactive imaging test that measures the metabolism of certain radioactive labeled substances in heart muscle. If heart muscle is damaged or not functioning normally because it is ischemic, its metabolism will be impaired and this can be determined by PET studies.
- ♥ Pulse (Related to Heart rate) A person's pulse represents the tactile arterial palpation of the heartbeat. The pulse may be palpated in any place that allows an artery to be compressed against a bone, such as at the neck (carotid artery), at the wrist (radial artery), behind the knee (popliteal artery), on the inside of the elbow (brachial artery), and near the ankle joint (posterior tibial artery). The pulse rate can also be measured by measuring the heart beat directly (auscultation), usually using a stethoscope
- ♥ Radioactive Imaging:(A Specific Noninvasive Test) These tests entail the injection of a radioactive substance (Thallium) into the circulation both at rest and during exercise. In theory, if there is no obstruction to blood flow in the coronary arteries then there will be equal and uniform distribution of the radioactive material. If there is an obstruction to flow, there will a decrease or no radioactivity in a given area of the heart. Such an area would be considered ischemic.
- ♥ Rapid Heartbeat (Tachycardia) (Related to Heart rate). Tachycardia comes from the Greek words tachys (rapid or accelerated) and kardia (of the heart). Tachycardia typically refers to a heart rate that exceeds the normal range for a resting heartrate (heartrate in an inactive or sleeping individual). It can be very dangerous depending on how hard the heart is working and the activity.
- ♥ Rheumatic Heart Disease
- ♥ Risk factor: Conditions or diseases that increase the likelihood of ♥ Heart Disease ♥ . Examples are hypertension, diabetes, and stress.
- ♥ Sinus Bradycardia (Related to Heart rate) Sinus bradycardia is a heart rhythm that originates from the sinus node and has a rate of under 60 beats per minute
- ♥ Slow Heartbeat (Bradycardia) (Related to Heart rate) Defined as a resting heart rate of under 60 beats per minute, though it is seldom symptomatic until the rate drops below 50 beat/min. It may cause cardiac arrest in some patients, because those with bradycardia may not be pumping enough oxygen to their heart. It sometimes results in fainting, shortness of breath, and if severe enough, death.
- ♥ Stent: This is a short, expandable tube manufactured to serve as a coiled metal scaffolding that is inserted into a narrowed artery. The tube is expanded at the point of narrowing in the hope of keeping the walls apart. Unfortunately, the blood within the tube often clots, or tissue overgrowth will fill the tube and block it, or the stent may move downstream.
- ♥ Systolic and Diastolic Time Intervals:(A Specific Noninvasive Test) Like the apexcardiogram, this test is simple and inexpensive to perform, and measures the duration of each phase of the cardiac cycle. When used in conjunction with the apexcardiogram and the phonocardiogram it will measure the duration of the electrical activation of the heart, how long it takes for pressure to develop with in the heart's chambers (analogous to how long an automobile takes to go from 0 to 60 miles an hour), how long it takes for blood to be ejected from the heart with each heartbeat, the time required for the heart to relax and to fill with blood, and the duration of contraction of the left atrium. Together, this data provides a composite of the functional abilities of the heart during each phase of its contraction and relaxation. Thus, failure or impairment of the heart's component functions will be detected long before impairment of total function.
- ♥ Ventricular septum: The muscular wall that divides the heart's chambers into the left and right ventricles.
- Hepatitis, Acute Viral
- Hepatitis, Infectious
- Hepatitis, Serum
- Hernia, Femoral
- Hernia, Hiatus
- Hernia, Inguinal
- Hernia, Umbilical
- Herpes Genitalis
- Herpes Labialis
- Herpes zoster / shingles
- Hidebound Skin
- ♥ High Blood Pressure (See Hypertension under "Heart")
- Hodgkin's Disease
- Hookworm Disease
- Hyperlipidemia (See Cholesterol)
- ♥ Hypertension (See Hypertension under "Heart")
- Hypertrophy, Adenoid
- Hyperventilation (See Cardiac Neurosis under "Heart")
- Hypervitaminosis A D
- Hypophosphatemia (Phosphorus deficiency)
- Idiopathic Thrombo-cytopenic Purpura
- Infection, Bladder
- Infection, Middle Ear
- Infection, Vincent's
- Infectious Monoucleosis
- Infertility, male & female
- Intestinal Obstruction
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Irritable Colon
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arth
- Kidney Failure (Acute)
- Kidney Infection (Acute)
- Kidney Infection (Chron.)
- Kidney Stones
- Kidney, Tumor (Benign)
- Learning Disorders, all types
- Legg-Perthes' Disease
- Loss of Hearing
- Low Back Pain
- ♥ Low Blood Pressure (See Hypotension
- Lung Abscess
- Lung Oedema
- Lymphogranuloma Venereum
- Macular degeneration (see also Can Spinach Save Your Eyesight?)
- Malabsorption Syndrome
- Malignant Melanoma
- Mania A Potu
- Meckel's Diverticulum
- Membraneous Laryngitis
- Memory disorders
- Meniere's Disease
- Mental Retardation
- Milk Fever
- Milk Leg
- Motion Sickness
- Mountain Sickness
- Mucous Colitis
- Multiple Myeloma
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myocardial infarction: (See Heart attack)
- Myoma of the Uterus
- Nasal Polyps
- Nearsightedness (Myopia)
- Nephritis (Acute Chronic)
- Nephrotic Syndrome
- Nervous Syst.Malignancy
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Nonspecific Urethritis
- Optic Neuritis
- Oral Lichen Planus
- Osteitis Deformans
- Otitis Media
- Otitis, external
- Ovarian Tumor
- Padget's Disease
- Painful Menstruation
- Pancreatitis (Acute chron)
- ♥ Panic attack / Anxiety attack (See also ♥ Cardiac Neurosis)
- Parkinson's Disease
- Perforated Eardrum
- ♥ Pericarditis
- Periodontitis See also Gingival and periodontal pockets (See also Vitamin C)
- ♥ See also "Heart & Periodontal Disease" for other IMPORTANT information
- Peripheral Vascular Dis. Peritonitis
- Peritonsillar Abscess
- Pneumonia, Aspiration
- Pneumonia, Atypical
- Pneumonia, Viral
- Polycythemia Vera
- Postnasal Drip
- ♥ Premature Heartbeat
- Premenstrual Tension
- Primary Aldosteronism
- Progressive Systemic Sclerosis
- Prolapsed Uterus
- Prostate Enlargement
- Prostatic Hypertrophy
- Pulmonary Oedema
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Pyelonephritis (Ac/Chron)
- ♥ Rapid Heartbeat
- Regional Enteritis
- Retinitis Pigmentosa
- ♥ Rheumatic Heart Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Rhinitis, Allergic Chronic
- Ruptured Bladder
- Ruptured Disc
- Saint Vitus' Dance Chorea
- Scrotal Tongue
- Scurvy (See also Ascorbate / Vitamin C Deficiency - Vitamins & Minerals)
- Serum Sickness
- Sexual Disorders
- Shoulder, Frozen
- ♥ Sinus Bradycardia
- Sinus headache
- Sinus Post Nasal Drip
- Skipped Heartbeat
- Sleeping Sickness
- ♥ Slow Heartbeat
- Spasms, Habit
- Spastic Colon
- Spinal Curvature
- Sprained Ankle
- Sprained Wrist
- Stomach Affections
- Strained Wrist
- Stroke (See also Red Bull Can Give You a Stroke)
- Sudden Eustac. Deafness
- Suppression Of Menses
- Suppression Of Milk
- Swimmer's Ear
- Ulcer Complications
- Ulcer of the Oesophagus
- Ulcer, Peptic
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Umbilical Hernia
- Vaginal dryness
- Varicella Chickenpox or chicken pox is a highly contagious illness caused by primary infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV)
- Varicocele - is an abnormal enlargement of the vein that is in the scrotum draining the testicles.
- Varicose Veins
- Venous Thrombosis
- Vestibular Neuronitis
- Vitamin Dificiency Disease
- Vitamin K (See also Solgar Vit K
- Vocal Cord Growths
- Wax in the Ear
- Whooping Cough
- Worms, all kinds
- Writer's cramp
- Wry neck
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