Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease

Symptoms of coronary heart disease should be closely monitored since coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. in both men and women.

Coronary artery disease occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle become hardened and narrowed due to the buildup of plaque on the inner walls or lining of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Blood flow to the heart is reduced as plaque narrows the coronary arteries. This decreases the oxygen supply to the heart muscle.

Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease

A rapid heartbeat that you can feel and hear and/or heartbeat palpitations can be a sign of some type of heart problem.

A general feeling of weakness and dizziness along with breathing trouble, nausea and disorientation should also be seen as serious warning signs to you.

When feeling pain or discomfort in the chest, arms, jaw or back, you should immediately go into the hospital to be checked for possible heart trouble.

Symptoms of heart disease can be indications of any of the following heart diseases:

Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart is not getting enough blood.

A heart attack happens when a blood clot suddenly cuts off most or all blood supply to part of the heart. Cells in the heart muscle that do not receive enough oxygen-carrying blood begin to die.

In heart failure, the heart is not able to pump blood to the rest of the body effectively. or pumping blood the way that it should.

Arrhythmias are changes in the normal rhythm of the heartbeats. Some can be quite serious.

Heart Disease Treatment

Changing ones lifestyle is the most effective means of increasing your chances of a healthy life and a healthy heart. Following a diet that is low in saturated fats and is calorie controlled is the first step.

Integrating an exercise program that is given the okay by your physician is also one of the best things you can do for your heart.

Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can also be deadly habits to have not only for your heart health – but for your overall health and fitness.

Far more serious heart disease treatments include coronary angioplasty (unblocking the arteries), having a stent put in (a tube that remains in the body to keep the artery open), and brachytherapy (radiation that burns away the blockage).

Bypass surgery and bypass grafting are very common in advanced cases of heart disease.

Always consult your physician when you feel any of the above symptoms.





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