HEART DISEASE (CARDIOVASCULAR)
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella name for various conditions of the body that affect your heart’s ability to circulate blood with ease. These various conditions include high blood pressure, stroke and vascular dementia.
Heart disease, such as coronary heart thrombosis (blood vessel clotting), heart attack and congestive heart failure is the leading most cause of death for men and women in the U.S.
These diseases can be avoided by:
- Quitting smoking,
- lowering cholesterol,
- controlling high blood pressure,
- maintaining a healthy weight,
The symptoms of heart disease include:
- chest pain
- heart palpitations
- stomach pain
- arm, jaw, back, or leg pain
- a choking sensation
- swollen ankles
- an irregular heartbeat
Heart attack can lead to cardiac arrest, which is when the heart stops and the body can no longer function. This can be fatal if a person does not seek immediate medical attention if they have any symptoms of heart attack.