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The price of heart surgeries is just too much

Sometimes, when a health expert tell us the value of exercise we get excited and do it maybe a day or two and for some a week or two but then we get back to our daily routine of lack of exercise.

And as research have shown exercise is good for the whole body and especially the heart.

Many heart diseases can be avoided through healthy eating, exercise and sleep. While many unavoidably eat and sleep, a lot of people don't actually exercise as it can be avoided especially in this age of fast food, telecoms and hail ride.

Now, what is the cost of avoiding exercise? Below is a compilation of different heart diseases and how much they cost to surgically correct them. They have been listed in ascending order with number 1 being the least expensive.

Please note that most of these surgery are not common or done in Africa so the standard price in the United States have been used. All the prices are from health care data company Arcadia.

Cardiac Ablation

Cardiac Ablation is a procedure used to correct heart rhythm problems (arrhythmia.) This is done by electrically inducing or destroying tissue in the heart that triggers or sustains an abnormal heart rhythm.

The procedure is done by introducing catheters (flexible tubes) through the veins to the heart where the faulty tissues that cause abnormal ryhthms are are electrically induced or killed with heat or cold.

This procedure cost an average of $47,895 (NGN18,559,312.50)

Inserting a pacemaker or defibrillator

A pacemaker is a small electrical device implanted under the skin to help control heartbeats while a defibrillator helps the heart return to normal rhythm by delivering shock.

They could be placed in the chest or abdominal region.

To fix a pacemaker or defibrillator costs $58,281 ( NGN22,583,887.50) on average.

Repair of the descending thoracic aorta

The descending thoracic aorta is an artery that conveys oxygenated blood from the heart to other arteries that give blood to other parts of the body.

This artery can become damaged and need surgery for correction.

This surgery can cost on average $68,766 (NGN26,646,825.00)

Mitral valve repair or replacement

The mitral valve is located between the left atrium and left ventricle. When a patient has a mitral valve disease, the mitral valve is either repaired or replaced depending on the doctor's recommendation.

The cost of the surgeries range from $73,154 (NGN28,347,175.00) to $74,144 (NGN28,730,800.00).

Coronary artery bypass graft

The coronary arteries supplies oxygenated blood to the heart. The heart, just like any organ in the body need continuous oxygen to live and function. Sometimes these arteries get clogged with plaque.

This surgery improves circulation by rerouting blood around a blocked or narrowed part of the artery with a healthy vessel from elsewhere.

This surgical procedure costs an average of $77,177 (NGN29,906,087.50).

Tricuspid valve repair or replacement

The tricuspid valve of the heart is the valve that separates the right atrium from the right ventricle. It prevents blood from flowing back into the right atrium.

When this valve is affected, it could either be repaired or replaced depending on the advice of medical professional.

This surgery can costs in the range of $82,431 (NGN31,942,012.50) to $82,631 (NGN32,019,512.50).

Aortic graft

The aorta is the largest and main artery that takes oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. When part of the artery is diseased, the diseased portion is removed and replaced with a graft.

Synthetic materials such as Dacron is a successful substitution for the damaged blood vessel.

This medical procedure costs an average of $92,939 (NGN36,013,862.50).

Aortic valve replacement

The aortic valve is a valve in the heart between the left ventricle and the aorta. When it opens, it lets oxygenated blood flow from the left ventricle into the aorta.

When the valve is damaged, it can cause chest pain or tightness, irregular heartbeat, dizziness among others.

The replacement of this valve costs an average of $135,984 (NGN52,693,800.00).

Health is really wealth.

It has been proven that exercise does the following:

  1. Helps the heart muscle
  2. Helps the heart to be efficient
  3. Helps the heart maintain the right rhythm
  4. Regulate blood pressure
  5. Keep blood vessels healthy

So does that mean that we should become weight lifters? Or register in an expensive gym? What kind of exercise can help the heart?

  1. Jugging
  2. Running
  3. Stretching
  4. Swimming
  5. Cycling
  6. Dancing
  7. Other activities that causes the heart to pump blood into circulation

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Africa Arcadia United States


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