Wednesday, 27 April 2005

What Is Ebsteins Anomaly?

Statistics show that only one in every 210,000 live births gets to suffer from Ebsteins anomaly. This condition has an equal ratio for both females and males. It's a condition that is hard to detect and its symptoms are noticeable at any age. Patients who suffer from this condition are hard to notice from the first look. Severe symptoms may be seen at an early age while minor problems may hide the symptoms till the teenage age. This is a very rare disease that involves the hearts right side. It's a condition that may affect Caucasians as research suggests.

What is Ebsteins Anomaly?

Ebsteins anomaly is generally congenital malformation. This is a disorder that happens when the tricuspid valve that divides the two chambers of the heart doesn't make a normal formation. What happens is that the tricuspid valve forms far the down the ventricle, hence making the ventricle to grow weaker and even smaller than its normal size. It involves one half of the tricuspid valve getting stuck on one side of the ventricle. This may in turn cause blood to move or leak on the wrong direction.

Symptoms and signs may include;

1. Due to the tricuspid valve causing leakage or backflow of blood to the rest of the body, swelling may happen on the belly and legs.

2. Difficulties in breathing to liver enlargement. Leakages causes mixing of both deoxygenated and oxygenated blood that flows to the rest of the body.

3. Blue coloring of the lips and fingers this is referred to as cyanosis.

4. It's believed to cause strokes and brain tremors and damage of brain tissue. This happens when blood clots flow to left ventricle.

5. Causes unrhythmic heartbeats that result to dizziness or even fainting. Abnormal heartbeat may cause a victim to fall short of breath for some time.

Whats Causes this Disease?

It is believed to be genetically inherited or caused by environmental aspects that have yet to be proven by research. But research is doing its best to give answers to all this questions.

Whats The Treatment for This Condition?

The treatment is dependent on defection of the heart and normally for mild cases certain kinds of surgery may be required and also antibiotics may be administered. In some cases, if too much blood back flows to the left ventricle certain medications can also be administered that prevent strokes and heart failure.

In critical conditions surgery may be done to either repair or replace the tricuspid valve this ensures there's no back flow of blood through the atria. Surgery can help to repair right ventricle counter parts too.

Unrhythmic heartbeats can also be corrected during the surgery by getting rid of the muscle that causes the strain. High energized radio waves can also be used to get rid of smaller parts that constitute the muscle.

The outcome of this condition will depend on how early the symptoms and signs occur. So the earlier, the better. This is dependent on how the valve is leaking. It's estimated that for those young children who receive diagnosis at a tender age of about one year the results turn out to be good. In fact they leave very normal lives.

If You Need to get Medical treatment or want to help others please visit our website that has information about where to get help and how to help patients with ebsteins anomaly

Wednesday, 13 April 2005

The Teacher, Maggie Pye

Mrs. Maggie Nola Olivia Pye is a difficult person to live with... she really is.

Of course it would take actually living with her to completely understand why. However, you would have to enjoy living under the hammer of an iron fist - albeit the iron fist of a cute little dictator with the heart of a wild beast, when it comes to her home.

Maggie hovers. She makes sure whatever is done in her home meets with her standards. That includes how you fold your napkin to how you clean your plate... no one is exempt. She will smother you in a kind of righteous indignation she never applies to herself - she is exempt. I know this because I was a guest in her home recently.

Maggie calls me "Tulsa" but my name is Louise Gersh, from Tulsa, Oklahoma. We were roommates at the teachers college for 2 years. I had forgotten what it was like to live with Maggie and I wonder how I survived those times with my sanity intact.

Maggie Pye considers herself just about perfect in every way - minus a few minor foibles, of course. She is unable to see objectively when it comes to herself, yet tunes into everyone else with a magnifying glass. I suppose these characteristics are what make her such a fine teacher... They are fine characteristics, aren't they?

As you may suspect, Maggie brooks no nonsense from her students and insists on the utmost academic success from each and every one of them... Failure is not an option. Teacher awards seem to purposely single Maggie out, year after year. There just is something wonderful about Maggie.

Only last week she was honored by the National Education Association. This cute little dictator is very well loved and respected by many, many people, including me. Even her husband, who has to live with her every day, loves and respects her.

Maggie's husband, Fresh Rayburn Pye, would do anything in the world for his sweet Maggie. But even he must resort to his man-cave when his patience wears thin. "Fresh" is a family name... his mother never told him anymore than that.

Be you a student in her classroom or a relative in her home, Maggie Pye is difficult to live with. She is a loveable tyrant and will always make sure you understand what you need to know, when you need to know it.