Category Archives for Heart Disease

Ischaemic Heart Disease

Ischaemic heart disease is a condition in which the heart is not satisfactorily supplied with blood resulting in damage to the heart muscle. Ultimately, the heart muscle operates poorly over time. The disease is attributed to accumulation of plaque in the arteries which results in the narrowing of the vessels and the subsequent reduction in the supply of blood to the heart. It is considered the most common cause of death in the United States and other western countries. Read more

Silent Heart Attack Symptoms

As its very name suggests, a silent heart attack does not give much prior warning to the patient suffering from it. Often, they do not even realize that they have a condition until they suffer from the attack. Having said that, there are a few early indicators that may indicate the possibility of the person being susceptible to a silent heart attack. Read on to find out about these symptoms. Silent Heart Attack: Signs and Symptoms The following are some of the  signs and symptoms that may be experienced...

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...

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,...

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 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,...

What Causes a Stroke?

“A stroke or ‘brain attack’ occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain” this results in brain damage. A stroke is the third leading cause of death. The part of the brain that becomes damaged will lose its ability to carry out normal functions such as speech, movement and memory. The degree of a stroke...

Cardiovascular Disease

Definition of Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular disease is identified as any disease that affects the heart or blood vessels (veins or arteries). It is often specifically associated with atherosclerosis (arterial disease) despite the fact that the term in and of itself suggests any disease that affects the cardiovascular system. The incidence of this type of disease is rising progressively and kills far more Americans than cancer. Because there is a tendency for heart conditions to be asymptomatic...