Category Archives for Heart Disease

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...

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 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...

Symptoms Before a Stroke

There are two ways this can happen. The first is when a blood clot blocks a vessel delivering blood to the brain. The second is when a blood vessel bursts and blood spills out onto the brain. Stroke Signs In a few cases there are no symptoms. Some people may not realize that they are having one. The symptoms may occur sporadically or appear progressively. Some of the minor and major signs include the following. The first is a feeling of lethargy. Some people will feel very sleepy. Others may fall...

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...

What Causes Cardiovascular Disease?

Definition The term “cardiovascular disease” is often used interchangeably with “heart disease”— a term that generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as infections and conditions that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or beating rhythm also are considered forms of heart disease. Cause of cardiovascular disease While cardiovascular disease can refer...

Coronary Artery Disease

Definition of Coronary Artery Disease Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the arteries and blood vessels that supply the heart with blood and oxygen begin to narrow affecting the functioning of the heart . This develops as a result of an accumulation of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. If the blood flow is totally obstructed by plaque it can lead to a myocardial infarction or heart attack or in more tragic circumstances cardiac arrest. It is the leading cause of death in the United...