Category Archives for Heart Disease

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 Arterial Blockage in the Heart

Arterial blockage in the heart is a medical condition that needs utmost care because it is a highly serious disease. High intakes of cholesterol and fats are the major causes of blocked arteries and blood vessels. Because of limited blood flow, nutrients and oxygen are not distributed to the different organs and tissues of the human body. For people who barely know this severe medical condition, it is good to look at the different treatments, diagnosis and symptoms of arterial blockage in the ...

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...

Cardiovascular Disease Signs and Symptoms

There are many types of heart diseases and each have their own distinct symptoms. However some of the early and major warning signs are similar. Cardiovascular Disease Signs The most conspicuous symptom is chest pain. This can be a squeezing or sharp stabbing sensation. Some feel tightness in the chest or shortness of breath. Often, patients feel numbness in the chest and the arms. This goes through the shoulders, hands and feet. Pain is also felt in the jaw and teeth. Many patients also feel a...

What Causes Angina Pectoris?

What is Angina Pectoris Angina pectoris is a term that describes chest pain caused by myocardial ischemia – a condition in which the amount of oxygen getting to the heart muscle is insufficient. It usually occurs on exertion and is relieved by rest. Angina generally is a symptom of coronary artery disease. In most severe cases, it may occur with minimal effort or at rest. Causes of angina pectoris The coronary arteries are small arteries that carry blood to the heart muscle. This blood flow...

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...

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...

Inflammatory Heart Disease

Inflammatory heart disease is caused due to the inflammation of the heart muscles and / or the tissue surrounding the heart because of an infection. The infection may stem from a bacteria or virus or from an internal irregularity. It may occur in association with rheumatic fever and kawasaki disease. The disorder may be categorized as: Pericarditis Endocarditis Myocarditis Pericarditis refers to the disorder that causes an inflammation of the muscular sac that surrounds the heart (pericardium). Endocarditis...