Causes of Heart Disease, Symptoms and Treatment

Heart diseases are the leading causes of death for men and women. There are several heart conditions including heart attack and heart failure among others.

A heart-disease refers to a type of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is a common term that refers to problems related to the cardiovascular system.

The narrowing of coronary arteries is the cause of coronary heart-disease which decreases the  supply of oxygen-rich blood.

Some examples of coronary heart-diseases are heart attacks and angina.

A heart attack occurs as a result of a sudden blockage of the coronary artery. Angina which is also referred to as chest pain is experienced if the heart muscles are not receiving enough blood.

Heart rhythm disorder is also another type. The most common signs of this disorder include rapid heart beats and heart murmurs.

Who is at risk of heart Problem?

Everyone including children is at the risk of a heart problem.

This is due to the change in our lifestyles where we have become very inactive plus we eat anything from junk foods to high fat diets.

Thus you are at a high risk if you do not exercise, if you eat unhealthy foods, if you smoke and drink excess alcohol.

People with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are also at a high risk of a heart condition.

What are the Signs of a Heart Disease?

These vary in relation to the kind of heart problem. The most common is chest pain or angina.

Other symptoms include but not limited to:

  • Palpitations
  • Weakness and dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating a lot especially in the night.
  • Shortening of your breath.
  • Light headedness

How to Prevent Yourself from a Heart Condition

A healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk factors by as much as 80 percent. You can take the following steps to reduce these risks:

  • Do not smoke.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet. For instance, eat a low-fat and high-fiber diet.
  • Perform daily exercise regularly. Exercise vigorously for 30 minutes a day or more
  • Prevent or treat your other health conditions, especially high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

All heart conditions are largely preventable by virtue of living a healthy lifestyle.

Treatment of Heart Diseases

All the heart problems and conditions can be addressed in three ways: through changing your lifestyle, through medication and lastly by going through special procedures.

  • Change your lifestyle

This means adopting a new way of living other than what your are used to. Some of the things you need to do include exercising regularly, eating healthy foods and reducing your weight. People who smoke and drink a lot of alcohol should stop these habits. Such changes will reduce your chances of dying from a heart problem.

A change of lifestyle is vital if we want to be healthy. Our modern way of life does not promote health. We sit in offices for long ours, we spend hours watching TV and movies, we eat a lot of unhealthy foods, and so on.

Therefore we must cultivate health more aggressively that they way our fore fathers did. 

  • Use of Medicine

Some cases will not just require a change of lifestyle but also taking medication. Medication will be necessary for controlling high cholesterol levels and treating, high blood pressure and other heart related problems.

Problems like angina will definitely require that you seek medical attention. Ensure that you follow the doctor's advice on how you should take your medicine. You should always consult your doctor in case of any side effects.

Boost your healing by adopting healthy foods and become active.

  • Surgery 

A heart disease that is in a critical stage necessitates special operations to help clear clogs or any blockages in the heart or blood vessels.

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