Category Archives for Heart Disease

Heart Attack Symptoms

The best way to deal with a heart disease is by knowing the symptoms. Armed with the right knowledge, you’ll be able to determine the right course of action. Heart Attack Signs The most common symptom is pain in the chest area. This sensation can be a sudden sharp pain, or develop slowly. Other times the feeling is more of tightness, like the muscles are being squeezed. An indication of a possible major stroke is spreading of the pain from the chest to the shoulders. This will then extend to the...

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...

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...

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...

What Causes Heart Failure?

heThe “inability of the heart to pump enough blood to sustain normal bodily functions” is known as Heart Failure. It occurs when the heart doesn’t have sufficient blood, when it is unable to pump enough blood to the rest of the body, or a combination of both. A person that has heart failure will still have a working heart; however, they must seek medical attention. Heart failure is a common condition that occurs over a period of time as the heart is weakened by other heart diseases and health...

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...

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...

Heart Stent Pain

Together with angioplasty, the use of stents or stenting is a common medical procedure performed on patients suffering from atherosclerosis, a disease marked by obstructed or narrowed blood vessels. Heart stent is classified into two major types, namely drug-eluting stent and bare-metal stent. Although it has been proven effective in many cases, its use has certain drawbacks and disadvantages, affecting mainly the upper, lower, left and right parts of the chest. To know more about heart stent pain,...