Monday, January 30, 2012
Today I am going to the doctor for a follow up on my Carotid Artery imaging that I had done last week. This is the first time I have ever had this done. The image I posted is exactly what it looked like when the technician was scanning my arteries in my neck. I will get my results at my appointment today as well as all of my blood work.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is white, waxy, and powdery. You can’t see it, taste it, or smell it. Your body needs some cholesterol to work right. But too much of the wrong kind of cholesterol can cause problems.
High cholesterol (cole-es-ter-all, a waxy film that can build up and clog your blood flow) is the main reason that people get heart disease.
Your blood carries cholesterol through your arteries to different parts of your body. Some of that cholesterol is made in your liver. The rest of it comes from what you eat. Your body needs some cholesterol to work right.
When you have too much fat in your body, that fat changes into LDL or what is called “bad” cholesterol.
Sometimes, LDL cholesterol sticks to the walls of your arteries. Over time, this blocks your arteries, and the blood flow slows down. Blocked arteries can lead to heart disease.
The other kind of cholesterol, called HDL, helps free some of the LDL cholesterol from the walls of your arteries, allowing your blood to flow better. That is why HDL is called “good” cholesterol.
Friday, January 27, 2012
The Yale Heart Study Needs Study Participants
The Yale Heart Study is concerned with how people get medical care when they are having symptoms of a heart attack. We are asking people who have had a heart attack to share their experiences at their our website: http://heartstudy.yale.edu The goal of this study is to help people get care as quickly as possible when they are having heart attack symptoms.
The study is being conducted on the internet and takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete depending on your experiences. Participation in this study is completely anonymous. The study has been approved by the Yale University Institutional Review Board and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. If you have any questions about this study please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know of someone who has had a heart attack, there is a place on the website for you to invite them to participate in our study.
We hope some of you will help us to help others. The study address, again, is http://heartstudy.yale.edu