Category Archives for Heart Disease

Cardiovascular Disease

Definition of Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular disease is identified as any disease that affects the heart or blood vessels (veins or arteries). It is often specifically associated with atherosclerosis (arterial disease) despite the fact that the term in and of itself suggests any disease that affects the cardiovascular system. The incidence of this type of disease is rising progressively and kills far more Americans than cancer. Because there is a tendency for heart conditions to be asymptomatic...

Congenital Heart Disease

Definition of Congenital Heart Disease Congenital heart disease is the result of a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels of a newborn. These disorders may hinder blood flow in the heart and/or blood vessels or cause irregular flow throughout the heart and circulatory system. Less often the defect can cause abnormalities in the heart rhythm for example in long QT syndrome. The major defects include hypoplasia, obstruction defects, cyanotic defects and septal defects. Congenital heart...

Silent Heart Attack Symptoms

As its very name suggests, a silent heart attack does not give much prior warning to the patient suffering from it. Often, they do not even realize that they have a condition until they suffer from the attack. Having said that, there are a few early indicators that may indicate the possibility of the person being susceptible to a silent heart attack. Read on to find out about these symptoms. Silent Heart Attack: Signs and Symptoms The following are some of the  signs and symptoms that may be experienced...

Angina Symptoms

A medical terminology used to describe chest pain caused by insufficient blood flow to the heart is angina. It is associated to the lack of oxygen-rich blood flowing into the heart. This results to a minor to major chest discomfort which is a basic angina symptom. The angina symptoms manifested as chest pain and discomfort are not a disease itself. Rather, these angina symptoms are classic to heart diseases. Coronary heart disease is a common heart disease that manifests the classic symptoms of...

Coronary Heart Disease

Definition of Coronary Heart Disease The heart muscle or the myocardium gets its supply of oxygen and nutrients to pump blood through arteries called the coronary arteries. When these arteries get blocked due to the accumulation of calcium, fat or plaque, it results in the obstruction of the flow of nutrients. The arteries tend to become narrow and as a result, the heart does not get sufficient amount of blood. This leads to Coronary Heart Disease or CHD. It is a fast becoming a major cause of death...

Chest Pain Symptoms

Discomfort in the chest area can be a cause for alarm. Therefore, being aware of the symptoms and causes is necessary so panic doesn’t set in and proper action is taken. Chest Pain Signs The symptoms will depend on what is causing the discomfort. Angina is a heart related ailment. This happens when there is insufficient oxygen supply to the heart. The major warning sign is pain behind or at the breast section. The feeling is that of a crushing weight on the chest. The pain usually spreads to the...

Chronic Heart Disease

Definition of Chronic Heart Disease Chronic heart Disease may be defined as a disease that progressively causes deterioration of the heart and its functioning. Heart disease is widespread worldwide and has been estimated to be the leading cause of death in the United States and other western countries. It has been deduced that lowering bad cholesterol levels and controlling pre-existing conditions such as hypertension and diabetes may lower an individual’s risk of developing chronic heart...

Myocardial Ischemia Symptoms

Myocardial ischemia is an ischemic disease involving reduced blood supply to the heart. The most common cause for this condition is coronary heart disease mostly involving the hardening of the blood vessel walls due to plaque build ups resulting to a condition called as atherosclerosis. Other predisposing factors that can cause myocardial ischemia symptoms to occur are medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia where there is increased level of cholesterol and hypertension...