As weeks have gone by in Sports Med, and learning more and more about the body and how it works, I believe by far learning about the heart was the most interesting section! We learned about how a lot of aspects of our daily lives and how our daily activities can largely affect our heart health! Many aspects such as diet, diabetes, and smoking can largely affect our hearts, and its ability to do its job!
Also, I finally learned what the numbers from our blood pressure readings actually mean!
The class got to read a case study about a retired couple, and their heart complications. Seeing all of their daily habits and test results gave us an insight about how what we do can really affect our health, and inspires me to really take care of myself, especially when I am older! (which is a long ways away ;))
We also got to learn more about our heart by getting connected to an EKG sensor (electrocardiogram). We learned about the waves in a heart beat, and what looks normal, and what a heartbeat would look like if one was having a heart attack! We learned about that the waves in a heartbeat are actually labeled. The different components are the P,Q,R,S, and T waves. All of the waves represent a different occurrence in the heartbeat. Many electrical heartbeat patterns can be affected by different aspects, such as exercise. Luckily, during our lab, I was the one that was connected to the sensor! Even though my heartbeat looked abnormal, I was convinced it actually was not abnormal, it was just a technology error.
Here are some quotes from my classmates:
“The EKG lab was interesting because we got to see how you can measure your heart rate!” – Krystal Masis
“Last week was GREAT!!”- Mavis Lui
This week made me more interested in pursuing a job in the medical field! After this week all I can say is I HEART Sports Med!