If you have ever had a heart attack, you will know that symptoms of sinuses and stomach discomfort can be painful and that there is no cure.
But now, doctors and experts have discovered that the causes of these common symptoms are very different.
The pain of the sinus is caused by an increase in the pressure on the sinuses, and there is also an increased risk of the stomach lining lining breaking down and rupturing.
This is known as the ‘sinus pressure syndrome’ and it can be caused by many factors including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and stress.
Now, a new study has shown that the cause of this condition can be detected with simple tests.
Dr. Simon Moulton, an expert in orthopaedic medicine, and colleagues at the University of Bath and the University College London found that the pressure from the sinusing pressure of the body can be measured using an X-ray and the pain from the stomach can be determined using a special technique known as an ileostomy.
The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, also found that patients with chronic heart failure, a condition in which the heart cannot function normally, were more likely to have chronic pain in the sinusal area, compared to people who had normal heart function.
Dr Moultons, from the University’s Institute of Osteopathic Medicine and the UCL School of Medicine, said:The study involved measuring the pressure in the area between the anus and the throat.
The researchers also used an ibrutinin test to measure the amount of blood in the region, which is known to be indicative of the presence of chronic pain.
This measurement could then be used to calculate the amount that would be considered chronic pain by a clinician, as well as the level of inflammation in the ileum.
Dr Simon Moulston, University of Cambridge.
Dr Martin Broughton, Head of the Institute of orthopoxytol therapy at the Royal College of Surgeons of Great Britain said:This is the first study that has examined how the pressure is influenced by chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, and how this can lead to the development of chronic disease.
He added:This study shows that the sinussus pressure is a major risk factor for chronic pain and the underlying cause of chronic health conditions such a diabetes, heart disease and chronic heart disease.
The new findings also highlight the importance of taking the time to understand the underlying causes of chronic conditions before treating them.
Dr Broughtons said:Patients suffering from chronic conditions like heart disease are often told to start taking statins, which are designed to reduce the risk of heart disease by slowing the rate of their blood flowing through the body.
However, this can have an impact on the amount and type of blood that circulates in the body and can cause symptoms of heart attack and stroke.
The research also revealed that the symptoms of chronic sinus pain are more prevalent in people who are obese.
This means that, because of their lack of physical activity, they may be at greater risk of developing chronic sinuses.
However the researchers also found evidence that obesity can cause chronic pain, particularly in people with diabetes.
Dr Michael Cavanagh, Head, Department of Neurology at the Department of Medicine at the Queen Mary University of London, said the study was a significant step forward in understanding the cause and progression of sinusing and ileocecal valve disease.
This study has revealed a clear link between chronic sinusing disease and an increased burden of ileoececal valves and chronic pain caused by a reduced blood supply.
The findings may help explain why chronic pain may persist in some patients with diabetes, as the condition itself does not cause chronic symptoms.
The results of this study could be used as a tool for early detection of the underlying conditions and treatments for chronic disease, Dr Cavanag said.
The team will now look at how these findings might be used in clinical practice to develop new therapies for chronic sinuse and iliac valve disease, as it could help improve the management of these conditions in patients.
Professor David Gollop, Head and Professor of Orthopaedics at the Imperial College, London, also contributed to the study.