The heart's function is to pump blood, oxygen and nutrients through your bloodvessels to all parts of the body using involuntary muscle tissue. The heart does this by beating aproximately 100,000 times a day, and in that time pumping over 7,000 liters of blood. Not bad for a muscle the size of a fist.The heart is located in the chest just slightly left of the breastbone.

It's in our best interest to keep the coronary muscles healthy. Again exercise and a good diet are the best insurance against heart disease. Abstaining from tabacco is also a good idea.

There are many causes for heart disease. The causes range from defects, injury, infections, high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, overexertion, diabetes, stress, drugs etc. Some of the more common heart diseases are Coronary artery disease, Angina, Arrhythmia, Congenital heart disease and Valve disorders.

Your family doctor will aid in diagnoses and referal to a cardiologist for many specialized tests if needed. These tests can include blood work, ECG, stress tests, ultrasound of the heart, Angiography and an MRI. There are many treatments of coronary disease ranging from surgery to medication.

The best cure by far is prevention through healthy living. And stay away from those transfats.


HeartVigor.com strongly recomends that each and every one of us takes a registered CPR Course. CPR can save thousands of lives each year.

CPR in simple steps:

- check the collapsed person for unconsciousness
- call emergency help (Phone 911 ,in Europe 112)
- person is not breathing normally - immediately begin chest compression by pushing hard and fast on the victim's chest right between the nipples (30 times, 2 compression per second, 4 cm deep)
- after 30 compressions, give two rescue breaths after having gently tilted the head back and lift the chin up to open the airways
- if an automatic external defibrillator (AED) is available, deliver one shock if advised by the device. Then resume CPR (30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue ventilations

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