Effects of Malaria on the Cardiovascular System, By Vivek Baliga

The primary cardiovascular component affected by a malarial infection is the blood. Entering the body through a mosquito’s saliva, the parasite infects the blood cells and travels throughout the body to damage its organs. Many patients experience low blood pressure as the body is weakened and damaged blood cells die.

The heart can experience a number of complications from malaria. Added strain from pulmonary edema, disruptions of the heart’s electrical function, tachycardia, and aggravation of existing heart conditions can occur with potentially lethal results. While much is known about the various types of malaria, a great deal of research is still needed to fully understand the effects of malaria on the body. Until recently, little attention was given to connections between malaria and heart, failure which is now the focus of research teams in Europe and the United States.

About the Author:
Vivek Baliga is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Leeds, focused on cardiovascular research. Baliga previously served with a team of medical professional in Mangalore, India in efforts to educate schoolchildren on malaria prevention.


A Look at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Active with the Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research at the University of Leeds, Vivek Baliga stays involved with healthcare projects throughout England. Every month, Vivek Baliga contributes to Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, a foundation that supports Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Located in London, this group began its life on Valentine’s Day in 1852 as The Hospital for Sick Children. Only a 10-bed facility at its start, the organization received attention from notables including Charles Dickens, Queen Victoria, and J.M. Barrie, who donated the copyright to the Peter Pan works to the facility.

Today, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children tends to youths as the largest pediatric care center in the United Kingdom. Its specialists are trained in cardiology, hematology, neuropsychology, oncology, and numerous other fields.

People looking to contribute to this medical clinic may visit http://www.gosh.org. The Donate link on “Our Charity Site” contains a variety of ways to give funds, including legacies, ongoing donations, and one-time gifts. The group also welcomes corporate sponsors from around the world.