Monthly Archives: May 2019

mri scan


In 2012, a 23 years old famous footballer name Fabrice Muamba almost died because of a heart condition.

Recent research shows that through MRI, doctors can check people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. You never know that warning signs of a heart condition can be deadly but now it can be diagnosed.

The funny part is that people actually didn’t notice this disease until their death (caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).

The reason why it couldn’t be diagnosed earlier because it requires extreme close examination of heart fibers. It could only examine when a patient was dead but not anymore.

Thanks to the researchers at Oxford University, they figured it out that MRI helps in spotting “disarray” in muscle fibers in the heart. This could be a tell-tale sign of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy condition.

‘This is the first time that we’ve been able to assess disarray non-invasively in living patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy,’ said Dr. Rina Ariga, who is an NHS cardiologist as well as a lead author of the research.

‘We’re hopeful that this new scan will improve the way we identify high-risk patients so that they can receive an implantable cardioverter defibrillator early to prevent sudden death.’

If the scan shows tell-tale disarray in someone’s heart muscle fibers then it will be easy to save that person. Doctors can put in a defibrillator which can save someone from cardiac arrest.

There is a probability that patients might live full, long lives without having knowledge that they have this condition.

Muamba collapsed during the game of FA Cup quarter-final match against Tottenham Hotspur. The reason was that he was in the condition for 41 minutes.

The medics came on time and instantly gave him CPR. Muamba needed 15 defibrillator shocks. Two of them were given on the pitch. It was a miracle that he came back from the dead after 78 minutes.

Muamba said, “The last thing I remember was [a defender] screaming at me to get back and help out in defense.”

“I just felt myself falling then I felt two thumps as my head hit the ground in front of me then that was it. Blackness, nothing. I was dead.”


In every week, almost 12 people (age below 35) die because of sudden cardiac arrest in the UK. The researchers of Oxford University found a way to diagnose the disease through MRI.

MRI sends magnetic resonance and creates a rough image of heart fibers. Through those images, doctors have high chance to easily detect the disease and take measurements before something goes wrong.


Sydney Ridlehoover

CPR and AED Saved a Teenage Girl from Death

Cardiac arrest is one of the most dangerous things anyone can experience and almost 366,000 people (in the U.S.) have a cardiac arrest episode outside the hospital every year. The good news is, CPR can help save lives and that’s exactly what happened to one teenage girl in Ohio. Without CPR, her outcome would more than likely have been fatal.

After finishing her chores, Sydney Ridlehoover insisted that her parents take her to the mall. Eventually she convinced them but they didn’t know that the trip would spell disaster.

Sydney’s stepfather, Peter Hubby, and her mother, Tracy Elsinger, took Sydney and her friend to a nearby mall (which was outside Columbus, Ohio). When they reached the mall, both girls quickly got out of the car and walked to the mall, talking and laughing.

Just after a few minutes, Sydney suddenly fell on the ground. Her stepfather thought that she got tripped or might be goofing around, but when she didn’t get up then her parent realized that something is wrong.

They ran towards her and saw her lying on the ground. She was making very strange breathing sounds as well as shaking too. Her mother assumed that she was having a seizure. She started screaming for help and her stepfather called 911 immediately.

Luckily, there was a respiratory therapist nearby. She heard the help cry and immediately responded. At her first glance, she recognized that Sydney was in cardiac arrest. Without wasting time, she began CPR. An EMT (off-duty) was also nearby and heard the help cry as well. He also joined the rescue effort. A mall security officer also joined in. The off-duty EMT asked the mall security officer for an automated external defibrillator.

The security officer quickly brought the AED from his truck. Through AED, the off-duty EMT read a shockable rhythm and also delivered many electrical jolts. This was done to stop the irregular heartbeat that caused Sydney to go through cardiac arrest.

At last, the ambulance arrived.

Sydney rested for two days so that her brain gets some rest. This was done because doctors weren’t able to figure out what thing might have caused her cardiac arrest.

When Sydney woke up, she was acting very strange. Few questions were asked from her and she didn’t answer correctly.

Doctors concluded that it could take more than a couple of days to clear her fogginess and it did happen. The real question was why a 13-year-old go into cardiac arrest?

Testing was done and the result showed a gene mutation – the one she and her mother had in common – that doctors think that it might be connected to cardiac arrest. To ensure protection, the family not only brought AED but also went through CPR training.

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Grocery List for a Healthy Family

Having a defined grocery list helps you and your family to live healthy. It also helps you in shopping as well. Health is something that you cannot compromise. You must have heard the phrase “Health is Wealth”, that means that health is the most valuable gift.

In order to stay healthy, you should take healthy foods. In this article, we will help you to create a list of healthy products. We will talk about 7 categories and then we will suggest to you what product you need to choose and why.

1. Bakery & Bread

  • Flour tortillas (Whole-grain)
  • Pita pockets
  • English muffins
  • Wheat bread

It is an advice that the flour tortillas (whole-grain) that you are looking for should have less than 100 calories per slice. Do search these keywords “whole wheat flour” or “whole wheat” when looking for wheat bread.

2. Meat & Seafood

  • Chicken or Turkey (breast)
  • Ground chicken/turkey

If you want to buy read meat then choose the one with leanest cuts. Always prefer ground turkey or ground chicken instead of ground beef. The reason is simple because ground turkey and ground chicken contain less fat comparatively.

3. Pasta & Rice

  • Brown rice
  • Whole-grain pasta

4. Oils, Salad Dressing, Condiments & Sauces

  • Tomato sauce
  • Salsa
  • Olive oil (extra virgin)
  • Red pepper sauce
  • Mustard

Unfortunately, many condiments and sauces contain a high amount of sugar and sodium which isn’t good.

5. Cereals & Breakfast

  • Multigrain cereals (Whole-grain will also work)
  • Oatmeal

Consider buying cereals that are low in sugar but high in fiber. If you want to make your cereal sweet then use berries, nuts, or dried fruits.

6. Soups & Canned Products

  • Whole or sliced tomatoes (peeled)
  • Salmon or tuna
  • Broths and soup (Low-sodium)
  • Garbanzo beans and split peas
  • Green chilies

Always prefer packed cans rather than syrup when buying fruits.

7. Frozen Foods

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits

Freezing food helps lock in vital vitamins and other nutrients. Plus, frozen vegetables are great in soups, stews, and casseroles. You can also make an amazing smoothie with nothing but frozen fruit.

Your goal is to read the label of everything that you buy. Try to skip processed food and reduce the amount of sugar and sodium in the food you eat. Avoid artificial flavors and other artificial ingredients. And remember, if there isn’t any junk food in your house it will be much more difficult to eat junk food.