May 07, 2008

Heart Disease: Recognizing The Warning Signs

by Judy Wellsworth

Heart disease is the number one killer in the US. It far outranks cancer, accident, and even AIDS, which is almost always fatal. Of the different kinds of heart disease, coronary heart disease, the most preventable, is the worst killer, accounting for about half of all deaths from heart disease.

And while men have traditionally been considered far more at risk for developing heart disease then women, women need to be concerned as well. Women are almost twelve toes more likely to die of heart-related problems than they are from breast cancer.

Heart disease not only kills; it leaves its surviving victims disabled and adds billions of dollars each year to the cost of medical care in the US.

Angina And Shortness Of Breath One of the deadliest characteristics of heart disease is that it often remains hidden until it is severe enough to cause congestive heart failure or heart attack. Two ways in which people can equip themselves to fight heart disease are to familiarize themselves with its common symptoms, and if they have a family history of heart disease, to have regular heart checkups.

The classic symptom of heart disease is angina, or tightness in the chest. Angina, however, can signal an actual heart attack as well as heart disease? In no event should it be ignored.

Shortness of breath, while it often sccompanies heart disease, can be symptomatic of other conditions. Asthma, allergies, and anxiety attacks all lead to shortness of breath, but like heart disease, all of those conditions can be serious. Shortness of breath which lasts for more than a few seconds, or occurs on a regular basis, warrants prompt medical attention.

Mitral Valve Prolapse Heart Disease Mitral valve prolapse is a form of heart disease which can cause vertigo, ringing in the ears, and momentary blackouts. Mitral valve prolapse allows blood to reverse curse and "back up" into the arteries carrying blood to the heart.
The decrease in the volume of blood within the heart means that the heart cannot pump sufficient blood to the brain. The momentary decrease in oxygen to the brain can cause people with mitral valve prolapse heart disease to become dizzy when the stand up, or have ringing in the ears and brief blackouts.

Women often experience signs of heart disease different from those in men. Angina in women can feel like indigestion, or may produce a feeling of tightness in an area other than behind the breast one.

Both heart disease and heart attacks present with the same symptoms, and at the first indication that you may have developed heart disease, you should seek medical help.

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