Category Archives for Heart Disease

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...