By Our Reporter (Additional information: Internet)
A Postmortem conducted at Mulago hospital indicates fallen Archbishop of Kampala archdiocese, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga died of a heart attack due to Ischemic heart disease.
In a report dated 5th April, read by Dr Andrew Ssekitooleko, the head of Health department at the Archdiocese indicated that His Grace Dr Lwanga died at 9.08 am on Saturday.
The report done by four Senior Pathologists with two physicians and two family members and signed by Dr Andrew Ssekitoleko indicates the cause of death was ischemic heart disease following Coronary artery thrombosis. This means a heart attack that is due to a blood clot that was found inside the artery that supplies blood to the heart.
“After careful examination of the body parts of his Grace (The Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga) a conclusion of his cause of death was made. The cause of death was Ischemic heart disease,” Dr Andrew Sekitoleko read- and added-
“There was no sign that he had struggled. The blood clot once appears takes between 3 to 5 minutes for a victim to immediately die.
What’s Ischemic heart disease
According to information on the web, Ischemic heart disease is a condition of recurring chest pain or discomfort that occurs when a part of the heart does not receive enough blood.
This condition occurs most often during exertion or excitement, when the heart requires greater blood flow.
Ischemic heart disease, also called coronary heart disease, is common in the United States and is a leading cause of death worldwide.
Ischemic heart disease develops when cholesterol particles in the blood begin to accumulate on the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Eventually, deposits called plaques may form. These deposits narrow the arteries and eventually block the flow of blood. This decrease in blood flow reduces the amount of oxygen supplied to the heart muscle.
The signs and symptoms of ischemic heart disease may develop slowly as arteries gradually become blocked, or they may occur quickly if an artery suddenly becomes blocked. Some people with ischemic heart disease have no symptoms at all, while others may have severe chest pain (angina) and shortness of breath that can pose a risk of heart attack.
Fortunately, ischemic heart disease can be treated successfully with lifestyle changes, medicines, and surgical procedures. Even better, you can reduce your risk of ischemic heart disease by following heart-healthy practices, such as eating a low-fat, low-sodium diet, being physically active, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy body weight.
Left untreated, ischemic heart disease may lead to severe heart damage. Heart damage can result in heart attack and shock and may be life threatening as with Archbishop Lwanga.
What are the symptoms of ischemic heart disease?
Ischemic heart disease reduces the flow of blood to the coronary arteries, which carry oxygen to the heart. This reduction in blood flow may result in a number of symptoms, which can vary in intensity among individuals.
You may experience ischemic heart disease symptoms daily or just occasionally. Common symptoms include chest pain, chest pressure, or shortness of breath.
These can be relieved by rest or medicine.
In some cases, ischemic heart disease can be life threatening. Life-threatening symptoms include: chest pain, typically on the left side of the body (angina pectoris), clammy skin, nausea with or without vomiting, pain in the neck or jaw, rapid breathing (tachypnea) or shortness of breath, shoulder or arm pain.
What causes ischemic heart disease?
Ischemic heart disease is caused by a decrease in blood flow through one or more of the blood vessels that carry oxygen to your heart (coronary arteries). When blood flow is reduced, the heart muscle does not receive the amount of oxygen it needs to function properly.
Ischemic heart disease may develop slowly, as plaque builds up over time, or it may occur quickly if an artery is suddenly blocked. For this reason, ischemic heart disease occurs most frequently in people who have atherosclerosis (buildup of plaque on the walls of the coronary arteries), blood clots, coronary artery spasm, or severe illnesses that increase the heart’s need for oxygen.
What are the risk factors for ischemic heart disease?
A number of factors increase the risk of developing ischemic heart disease. Not all people with risk factors will get ischemic heart disease. Risk factors for ischemic heart disease include:
-Family history of heart disease
-High blood cholesterol
-High blood pressure
-High blood triglycerides
-Smoking and other tobacco use.
Reducing your risk of ischemic heart disease
You may be able to lower your risk of ischemic heart disease by:
-Carefully managing your diabetes, if applicable
-Getting regular physical activity
-Keeping your cholesterol at a healthy level
-Maintaining normal blood pressure
-Quitting smoking and other tobacco use
-Reducing the amount of cholesterol and fat in your diet.
How is ischemic heart disease treated?
Treatment for ischemic heart disease begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider.
Note: To determine if you have ischemic heart disease, your health care provider will ask you to undergo several diagnostic tests.
This is an internet story.