Prevention Of Heart Disease

stop smoking heartHeart disease, unfortunately, is largely a result of what many people would call poor lifestyle choices. Certainly, it is true that there are some things which are not under the control of the individual, such as hereditary conditions, but the good news as regards heart disease is that many things are within your control. It is simply, in many cases, a matter of making a choice.

Smoking

One of the major causes of heart disease is smoking. Sixty or so years ago, the link between smoking and disease was not well understood. Today, however, everyone on the planet is aware that if you smoke you are asking for trouble. Part of the problem with smoking is that the effects take a long time to be seen, so the confirmed smoker has it at the back of his mind that he is not suffering any problems just now, and he will “probably” give it up in due course.

The time to quit is now. It is not easy, but healthcare professionals today have many tools which can help you. It is a matter of choice.

Stress

Another factor which can contribute greatly to heart disease is stress. In some cases this might not be seen as a lifestyle choice. For example, if you are a construction worker you might say that this was not a lifestyle choice. However, you could have trained to become an optometrist, a biologist, a truck driver, or one of a thousand other occupations.

rooferIf you have ever spoken to a roofer about his job he will tell you that heights “don’t bother him” and that he is used to it. While this may be true, the fact is that the possibility of a fall is ever-present and this is always at the back of his mind every day he is on a roof. One false step and he will suffer serious injury, if not death. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in the roofing industry are three times more likely to suffer fatal injuries than any other construction workers.

The point is that a roofer is under constant stress, day in and day out, and stress is a major contributor towards heart disease.

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What Is Arrhythmia And What Are Its’ Symptoms?

heart beat monitorArrhythmia,, also known as cardiac dysrhythmia, is any disturbance of the usual rhythm of your heartbeat. It is more common in older people (those over 60) but in most cases is not serious.

The job of your heart is to pump blood that is rich in oxygen to all parts of your body and keep your organs, muscles, and nerves working at peak performance.

Your heartbeat begins when a part of your heart called the sinus node produces an electrical impulse which is sent to the top two chambers of the heart, the left and right atria. This causes them to contract and pushes blood down to the two lower chambers, the left and right ventricles. The electrical impulse then flows to these two chambers causing them to contract in turn, which pushes the blood out of your heart and around the body.

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Life After A Heart Attack

hospitalThe good news is that most people recover from a first heart attack, but the fact is that in order to lead a full and meaningful life you may very well need to make some changes.

Typically you will remain in hospital for between three days and a week, but this may be longer if you have had any complications or procedures such as bypass surgery. What is sure is that the hospital will not let you go home before they consider that you are fit to do so.

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What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Heart Disease?

Heart AttackFrequently, the signs and symptoms of coronary heart disease, also known as CHD, vary between men and women. In the case of some women who suffer from CHD they have no symptoms whatsoever. This is known as Silent CHD.

Silent CHD is unlikely to be diagnosed until the woman has the symptoms of heart failure, a heart attack, or arrhythmia – which is an irregular heartbeat. However, Silent CHD does not occur in all women, and others who have CHD will exhibit many of the signs that occur in men.

Common signs of CHD in women include angina, which may be a heavy or dull chest pain, or may also be acute. In addition, there may be pain in the jaw, neck, and throat, and also in the back and upper abdomen. Angina is caused when the heart does not receive enough blood that is rich in oxygen.

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What Is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary Artery DiseaseCoronary artery disease, also known simply as heart disease, is the biggest killer in the US, and affects some 13 million people.

Coronary artery disease is the result of a build-up of plaque in your arteries, which is a condition called artherosclerosis which leads to blockages in the artery resulting in lack of blood flow to the heart, which in turn can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

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What Are The Causes Of Heart Disease?

Heart careSadly, heart disease is very often – but not always – caused by lifestyle choices. Those who live a healthy lifestyle are far less prone to heart disease, although it is not totally unknown for an apparently fit athlete to succumb, although this is rare.

Coronary heart disease is caused by the build-up of fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries near to and around the heart. This has the effect of making the arteries narrower, in much the same way as in a hard water area furry deposits can build up on the inside of your water pipes. The pump that moves the water around your central heating system, for example, has to work harder and will break down sooner rather than later.

In similar fashion, narrowed arteries make the heart work harder in order to pump the blood through them, and eventually it can decide that it has had enough.

The fatty deposits on the artery walls consist of cholesterol and other wastes, and the process is called arteriosclerosis.

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Learning About Heart Attacks

Heart attack call 911Some people may consider that, if their time here on Planet Earth is up, then a heart attack is probably the best way to go. No long drawn out illness, just “Bang” and you’re gone.

On some occasions this may be true, but in many cases the person having a heart attack – whether it is you or someone else – can be saved and go on to live many more years of productive life. It is important, therefore, to understand the symptoms of a heart attack, and to know what action to take.

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