Category Archives for Heart Disease

Symptoms Before a Stroke

There are two ways this can happen. The first is when a blood clot blocks a vessel delivering blood to the brain. The second is when a blood vessel bursts and blood spills out onto the brain. Stroke Signs In a few cases there are no symptoms. Some people may not realize that they are having one. The symptoms may occur sporadically or appear progressively. Some of the minor and major signs include the following. The first is a feeling of lethargy. Some people will feel very sleepy. Others may fall...

Valvular Heart Disease

Definition Valvular heart disease is a disease that affects at least one or more of the valves within the heart. The heart maintains four types of valves: the pulmonary and tricuspid valves on the left and the aortic and mitral valves on the right. The valves are located at the opening of each heart chamber and allows one directional movement of blood. When the valves malfunction it may cause the blood to flow incorrectly resulting in leakage from the valve(s) and poor circulation. Valvular disease...

Symptoms of Heart Failure

Heart failure is a chronic medical condition wherein the heart is unable to provide ample amounts of blood flow to meet the needs of the human body. It is different from cardiac arrest. Common causes of this serious health problem are cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease and hypertension. In worse cases, ischemic heart disease and myocardial infarction can also lead to this fatal condition. People who are suffering from this medical problem usually experience reduced capacity to exercise, swelling...

Heart Blockage Symptoms

This health condition occurs when cholesterol builds up in the blood vessels. The symptoms of the ailment are as follows. Heart Blockage Signs There are some early warning symptoms that one may sense. One of the most common is discomfort in the chest. The sensation varies per patient. Some can feel it being squeezed, burning or something is being pressed against it. The other major symptom is numbness or pins and needles in the hands or feet. The numbing sensation spreads to the feet, shoulders,...

15 Things You Can Do to Avoid a Heart Attack

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans. While genetics plays a role in determining your risk for a heart attack, many of the risk factors are within your control. The following looks at simple changes you can make in your life that can significantly improve your cardiovascular health. Photo by theglobalpanorama 1. Stop Smoking There is no safe level of smoking or exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke. As few as five cigarettes a day can significantly increase your risk of...

Coronary Artery Disease

Definition of Coronary Artery Disease Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the arteries and blood vessels that supply the heart with blood and oxygen begin to narrow affecting the functioning of the heart . This develops as a result of an accumulation of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. If the blood flow is totally obstructed by plaque it can lead to a myocardial infarction or heart attack or in more tragic circumstances cardiac arrest. It is the leading cause of death in the United...

What Causes Heart Blockage?

The heart consists of four chambers: there are two at the top called the atria and two at the bottom known as the ventricles. The heart has its own pace maker called the sinoatrial (SA) node which is a small mass of specialized cells in the heart’s right atrium. The sinus node produces electrical pulses which make the heart beat. A distinct signal travels from the sinus node down to the ventricles passing through a specialized conducting tissue called the atrioventricular (AV) node. This process...

What Causes a Heart Attack?

The heart is a specialized muscle that contracts regularly and continuously, pumping blood to the body (via the left ventricle) and the lungs (via the right ventricle). A heart attack or myocardial infarction results from insufficient supply of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle. Blood is supplied to the heart muscle by the coronary arteries. Some persons may experience coronary artery disease (CAD) where the arteries become blocked by a buildup of plaque consisting of fatty deposits, calcium...