Category Archives for Heart Disease

What Causes an Inverted T-Wave?

Definition The T wave is the ECG manifestation of ventricular repolarization of the cardiac electrical cycle. The T wave is normally upright in leads I, II, and V3 to V6; inverted in lead aVR; and variable in leads III, aVL, aVF, V1, and V2. Thus, T-wave inversions in leads V1 and V2 may be fully normal. Causes of Inverted T-Waves A variety of clinical syndromes can cause T-wave inversions; these range from life-threatening events, such as acute coronary ischemia, pulmonary embolism, and CNS injury. Primary...

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

Myocardial Ischemia Symptoms

Myocardial ischemia is an ischemic disease involving reduced blood supply to the heart. The most common cause for this condition is coronary heart disease mostly involving the hardening of the blood vessel walls due to plaque build ups resulting to a condition called as atherosclerosis. Other predisposing factors that can cause myocardial ischemia symptoms to occur are medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia where there is increased level of cholesterol and hypertension...

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...

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...

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...

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...