Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the industrialized
eating habits, kicking the smoking habit, and other lifestyle choices can go a long way to preventing heart disease, angina attacks, and even stroke.
Causes of heart disease
are uncontrollable causes of heart disease - such as genetics,
family history or autoimmune deficiencies. However,
the primary causes of heart disease arising from lifestyle
choices can often be minimized by controlling the following
major risk factors:
of heart or coronary artery disease can be quite pronounced
or appear completely without warning - giving heart disease
its reputation as the "silent killer."
more apt to develop more obvious and classic symptoms, such
as chest or arm pain, and at an earlier age than women. It's
a finding that researchers suggest points to the protection
afforded by female hormones.
More often, women show signs of heart disease as they age.
Symptoms in women may be much more subtle - such as dizziness, fatigue,
shortness of breath or arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat) -
which makes the condition much more difficult to diagnose
in females than in males.
a classic sign of heart disease is chest
pain (angina) sharp discomfort may also appear in the
abdomen, back, or arm. Headaches and dizziness may occur due to elevated blood pressure. Other
common symptoms include shortness of breath, with related
swelling of feet and ankles as a result of a weak heart unable
to pump blood and oxygen through the system.
attack is, of course, the ultimate and most serious sign of heart disease
which is usually accompanied by severe chest pain and can
sometimes strike without warning.
Find out more about cholesterol counts, the benefits of exercise, stress
reduction, proper diet and other factors that effect the entire cardiovascular
system and which you can control to reduce the chance
of heart disease in your future...
American Heart Association - If it's heart-health
related, it's discussed on this site. Information for doctors,
patients, caregivers or anyone else concerned with how to
prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Health Central - Heart Disease - Check out story articles
full of good information on prevention, advice on living with heart
disease, how to recognize a heart attack and other important
issues. Treatments, nutrition, drugs, fitness and more covered
Congenital Heart Information Network - From the site:
"C.H.I.N. is an international organization that provides
reliable information, support services and resources to families
of children with congenital heart defects and acquired heart
disease, adults with congenital heart defects, and the professionals
who work with them." Chat, resources, news, links and
is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.