Thursday, April 3, 2014

For Marfan Challenged a Clean Razor Can Save Your Life!

Marfan health tip of the day - use clean razors!
For Marfan Syndrome challenged, an infection can be deadly - always use clean razors!

As someone who knows first hand use how bad a case of endocarditis can be, I am always looking for ways to prevent any instance of infection.  If you've not read my posts about how horrible a heart coated in green fungal slime can be, read here.

An infection, anywhere on the body, can enter the blood stream and impact the heart, causing dangerous inflammation.  Inflammation can cause vascular damage in anyone, but especially in those of us with connective tissue disorders like Marfan Syndrome.

Skin infections can quickly reach the heart through a cut or scrape.  Once the cardiovascular system becomes infected and inflamed, this condition can produce deadly results.

Infective endocarditis is especially dangerous for those with prosthetic heart devices such as the mechanical aortic valve in my heart and the Dacron graft across my ascending aorta.

There are many web resources pointing out the importance of using clean razors.  Like dental work, shaving impacts parts of the body close to the heart such as the face, head, arm pits or chest.  MRSA, methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other infectious diseases can be spread through the use of dirty razors.  The CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends across their web site resource pages that razors be not shared but be clean and stored dry before and between uses.

SImple little good health and hygiene practices can spare one from a very painful, even deadly episode of heart infection.

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