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...

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...

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...

Peripheral Vascular Disease

This refers to diseases of the blood vessels outside the heart and brain. It is often a narrowing of vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys. There are two types of these circulation disorders Read more

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms

When the heart has a blocked blood supply, the person experiences mild heart attack symptoms which can be a risk factor to more serious complications and outcomes that can even lead to death. The severity of the symptoms varies according to the extent of the blood supply blockage to the heart. It is important that early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of mild heart attack symptoms are immediately established as it can help save life and provide preventive measures to retard the more debilitating...