Category Archives for Heart Disease

Atherosclerosis Symptoms

Caused by the thickening of an artery wall, atherosclerosis is a severe medical condition that resulted from the buildup of fatty materials. This particular disease affects arterial blood vessels, which is marked by the furring or hardening of the arteries. Some of the risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. In terms of major and minor symptoms, patients usually experience sudden numbness, drooping facial muscles and chest pain. Learn how to diagnose and treat the different...

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...

What Causes Heart Disease?

Heart disease can be defined as “any disorder that affects the heart. The term “heart disease” may be used incorrectly (as a synonym for coronary artery disease). Heart disease is synonymous with cardiac disease but not with cardiovascular disease which is any disease of the heart or blood vessels”. The heart is a muscular organ that requires blood to supply oxygen and nutrients for it to function; the coronary arteries are the vessels that supply the blood. Common Types of Heart...

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...

Enlarged Heart Symptoms

Also referred to as cardiomegaly, enlarged heart is classified as a symptom of other medical conditions. The enlargement of the heart is commonly associated with abnormal heart rhythms, heart valve problems as well as coronary artery disease. Furthermore, some of its possible causes include chronic diseases such as thyroid disorders, congenital heart defect and cardiomyopathy. For a clearer view of what this condition is really all about, it is good to consider the various enlarged heart symptoms,...

Heart Pain

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the US and many countries in the world. To protect yourself, knowing the symptoms and ways of preventing it is necessary. Causes of Heart Attacks A stroke occurs when the blood vessels can no longer pump blood into the heart. There are many reasons these arteries can malfunction. Heredity is one cause. Another is age. Males over 45 and women over 50 are more susceptible than younger people. There are other factors that increase the risk of acquiring...

Cerebrovascular Disease

This is a group of brain dysfunctions relating to the disease of vascular tubes (blood vessels) supplying the brain. This disease is known primarily to affect elderly persons; however due the nature of the disease it can affect anyone if care is not taken to be healthy. Changes in the design of the blood vessels may make them narrow, stiff, deformed amongst other deformations, these changes in the blood vessels result in increased blood pressure in the brain since they vessels get narrower, which...

Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure

Marked by the incapacity of the heart to supply sufficient flow of blood to the body, congestive heart failure is a life-threatening medical condition caused by a weakened state of the heart. Some of the contributory factors include chronic heart problems like heart arrhythmias, congenital heart defects and myocarditis. Other possible causes include severe heart muscle damage or cardiomyopathy, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. People can understand this severe health problem by...