Thursday, November 30, 2006

Orthostatic intolerance & Greg Page


The Wiggles Lead Wiggler, Greg Page, has retired. Due to a little known disorder, Orthostatic intolerance, he's had to end his career early. The disorder is little-understood, from what I can gather, that causes dizziness, fatigue and nausea.

What is Orthostatic Intolerance?
Standing upright results in a series of reflexive bodily responses, regulated by the Autonomic Nervous System, to compensate for the effect of gravity upon the distribution of blood. These conditions are a result of an inappropriate response to this change in body position.

The normal response for a change in body position, results in a stabilization to the upright position in approximately sixty seconds. During this process, the normal change in heart rate would include an increase in heart rate of 10 to 15 beats per minute, and an increase in diastolic pressure of 10 mm Hg, with only a slight change in systolic pressure.
For those who are afflicted with Orthostatic Intolerance, there is an excessive increase in heart rate upon standing, resulting in the cardiovascular system working harder to maintain blood pressure and blood flow to the brain. Thanks to http://www.ndrf.org/orthostat.htm

Why does this blog care?
Because the kids of this blog guy love the wiggles and will detest Sam Moran (the replacement Wiggle) just as we detested the replacement Blues Clues guy.

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