Loll! I thought yesterday’s challenge would’ve been easy to figure out, based on the mentioning of symptoms… But because many conditions resemble one another… There seemed to be a slight confusion and many were stumped. Somehow, I had an inkling people were mainly going to say
Pulmonary Hypertension ❌
One attempt being Hypothyroidism ❌
But then I gave a clue and said.. It’s not linked to any other organ. So basically not 2 organs affected by one disease. Here it’s one alone..
Answer to challenge 5:
Congratulations to the winners 👏
– The miracle of life
Who worked realllly hard to search for the direct answer during the midst of her exams!
– Sister A
– A flower in the wild
(- Sister A got it correct after 3 attempts. So technically not a winner but her eagerness to learn and participate never ceases to amaze)
The question was based on the explanation in the link below.
I didn’t look at the chapter as a question guide, it sort of mapped itself out in my head… Based on living with Tachycardia & other rhythm abnormalities. Then later, when I went to open the link to attach it here, I realised the symptoms written in the challenge and in the chapter itself… Was coincidentally explained quite the same.
Tachycardia appears in various forms.. I haven’t explained the other types in great length, so thought it’s good to make brief mention of it while on the topic.
If someone is Tachy, it’s important to know which type they have for suitable symptom management.
(Mines is ongoing… Beginning it’s 4th year untreated)
Tachycardia types are classified according to the origin and cause of an abnormally fast heartbeat. Som are:
Illustrated on the first image above 👆
🔹Inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST):
Research into the mechanism and etiology (cause) of inappropriate sinus tachycardia is ongoing.
IST is viewed by most to be a benign condition in the long-term.
The heart is a strong muscle and typically can sustain the higher-than-normal heart rhythm, though monitoring the condition is generally recommended.
However, symptoms are debilitating and warrant treatment.
🔹Atrial fibrillation (Abbreviated as Afib)
Is the most common type.
A rapid heart rate caused by chaotic, irregular electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart (known as atria).
These signals result in rapid, uncoordinated, weak contractions of the atria.
Where the heart’s atria beats very fast but at a regular rate. The fast rate results in weak contractions of the atria.
These episodes may resolve themselves or require treatment.
People who experience atrial flutter also often experience Afib at other times.
🔹Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)
Supraventricular tachycardia is an abnormally fast heartbeat that originates somewhere above the ventricles.
⚕️ Ventricular tachycardia
A rapid heart rate that originates with abnormal electrical signals in the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles).
The rapid heart rate doesn’t allow the ventricles to fill and contract efficiently to pump enough blood to the body.
Ventricular tachycardia episodes may be brief and last only a couple of seconds without causing harm. But episodes lasting more than a few seconds can become a life-threatening medical emergency.
⚕️ Ventricular fibrillation.
When rapid, chaotic electrical impulses cause the ventricles to quiver ineffectively instead of pumping necessary blood to the body.
It can be fatal if the heart isn’t restored to a normal rhythm within minutes with an electric shock to the heart (defibrillation learnt during a first aid medical course).
💖 Memories 💝
And then there’s also
🔹Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome:
Originating from Dysautonomia – A condition characterized by too little blood returning to the heart when moving from a lying down to a standing up position. This results in various symptoms, including a rapid heart beat as the heart tries to compensate for the lack of blood flow.
To be explained at another time god-willing.
On a much lighter note our community has its own unique sense of humor, which many people don’t simply “get”.. And its all the more hilarious when you crack the chronic illness version of a joke & someone meets you with a dumbfounded look
(There’ll be less than a 24 hour time frame to answer this one.. As I’ll be posting the final challenge by tonight, to culminate awareness of Dys month. God-willing)