Heart Disease

Heart Disease

What is Heart Disease?

Most people associate heart disease with coronary disease, but heart disease is an all encompassing term that covers many types of diseases dealing with the heart. Cardiovascular disease is the biggest cause of death in the United States. Many common heart diseases include:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Ischaemic Heart Disease
  • Cor Pulmonale (failure of the right side of the heart)
  • Hereditary
  • Hypertensive
  • Congenital
  • Inflammatory
  • Valvular

Symptoms

Symptoms are what patients can look for to identify if their current health is serious. These are not the same as a doctor determining a diagnosis, but should alert a patient to seek the advice of a doctor as soon as possible. We should also note that heart disease often has no symptoms at all, hence the nickname “silent” killer. Chest or arm discomfort, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, and abnormal heart beats are all possible symptoms of heart disease.

Possible Explanations for What Causes Heart Disease

  • High LDL and Low HDL Cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hereditary
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Stress and Anger
  • Saturated Fats
  • Obesity
  • Older Age

Prevention

Coronary disease is the most common form of heart failure. While there are no guarantees that one can keep heart disease away, there are many ways to lower your risk of developing heart disease.

Prevention focuses on reducing cholesterol levels, making healthy lifestyle choices dealing specifically with diet and exercise, quiting smoking, and engaging hypertension and obesity issues.

Some doctors recommend an aspirin regimen. Aspirin has been proven to reduce the occurence of some cardiovascular events by thinning the blood, specifically with older adults. Also, many nutritionists believe omega-3 fats have similar effects upon the blood…


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  1. Heart disease is very dangerous, but it can be prevented by health care and exercise. Thank You.

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