A number of heart diseases can affect the human body, knowing how to identify which one you are afflicted with can be a difficult diagnosis, if you are not informed about the symptoms. The Marfan Syndrome is inherited disorder associated with connective tissues. These tissues play a very important role in holding cells together like glue. It is responsible for providing support an substance to ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, cartilage, heart valves and a host of other structures as well.
If you do have Marfan Syndrome, it means that the connective tissues holding the structures together is not normal and therefore the structures are not as firm as they should ideally be, this includes your heart as well. If your heart is affected with this syndrome, a case may arrive, where the valves may be oversized and it could lead to the heart not functioning properly. In this case, some of the blood may start flowing backwards, when the heart pumps. If the aorta (the main artery of the body, responsible for carry oxygen rich blood to all parts of the body) is affected, it may split or get enlarged and blood will leak into the abdomen or chest. This condition is known as the dissecting aortic aneurysm.
The Symptoms of this condition include spells of dizziness, fatigue, faintness, having an irregular pulse or shortness of breath.
There is no single test that can conclusively detect the Marfan Syndrome. People who suffer from this syndrome are usually thin and tall, have tapering fingers that are slender and have a curvature in the spine with long arms and legs. They may also suffer from problems of the heart and eyes. Valve problems that are often associated with the Marfan Syndrome can cause heart murmur, which can be heard easily through a stethoscope. Valve disorders are diagnosed using an electrocardiogram, and echocardiogram or an electrophysiology study.
This condition cannot be cured, but the cardiac symptoms related to it can be treated. Your practitioner to regulate heart rhythms and blood pressure may prescribe medication or beta-blockers. In certain cases, a part of aorta or the heart valve may need to be replaced surgically as well.
An efficient diet needs to be followed if one want to treat the cardiac symptoms that arise from this problem. It is important that one speaks to their practitioner to understand what the ideal diet would be. It could also help to speak to a Registered Holistic Nutritionist to understand what foods are good for this condition. If you are looking for natural routes to treat the problem, you could speak with a Homeopath to learn how to keep the heart healthy.