Category Archives for Heart Disease

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...

Symptoms of a Minor Stroke

Stroke results due to blockage of blood flow from the heart to the brain. This condition can lead to arrest of brain function and other debilitating conditions and in some major cases even death. Once the normal flow and supply of blood to the brain becomes insufficient, brain cells slowly die due to lack of nutrients and oxygen to sustain its functions. There are various forms of stroke. It consists of minor and major symptoms which typically depend on the extent of brain damage sustained. Immediate...

Symptoms of Heart Disease

Also called cardiopathy, heart disease is a medical term used for various illnesses involving the heart. It is one of the leading killer diseases in the world today, especially in places like the United States, Canada and England. It comes in various types, the most common of which are hypertensive heart disease, cardiomyopathy and coronary heart disease. Other popular types of this disease are inflammatory heart disease, heart failure and ischaemic heart disease. It is easier to manage and control...

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...

Blocked Arteries Symptoms

Blocked arteries typically refer to the condition where the main arteries that supply blood to the body becomes blocked with fat deposits that impede the normal and sufficient blood flow in the circulatory system. This results to narrowing of the carotid artery due to fat or cholesterol deposits. Blocked arteries symptoms then surface once the blood flow to the brain, heart and body parts are restricted. The condition can be harmful as blocked arteries symptoms are highly associated to brain damage...

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Definition Peripheral Artery Disease is the type of disease is a form or type of Peripheral Vascular Disease, where there is either a partial or total blockage of a particular artery, which in most cases is usually an artery leading to either a leg or arm. The blocking of the arteries in the leg is Intermittent Claudication, where not enough blood flow is taking place and is unable to keep up. This is evident in the pain experienced when walking Atherosclerosis is another type of artery disease...

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...