There are a number of cardiovascular conditions that are described as Heart disease. Some of these include:
- Blood vessel diseases (Coronary Artery Disease
- Heart rhythm problems such as arrhythmias
- Heart defects you’re born with such as Congenital heart defects
- Heart infections
- Valvular Heart Disease
Generally however the term Heart Disease refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (Angina) or stroke.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF HEART DISEASE
- Angina – The most common symptom/form of Heart Disease is Angina. It comes from the Latin word meaning squeezing. Angina pain is often described as a crushing, squeezing, constricting, choking or burning sensation. Many people think of Angina as chest pain but it can also radiate from the left arm, neck, jaw or left shoulder.
- Shortness of Breath, Nausea and Fatigue – The signs and symptoms of heart disease can vary in men and women. For instance men are more likely to experience chest pain whereas woman tend to experience shortness of breath, extreme fatigue and nausea more often.
- Pain, coldness, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs – if the blood vessels are affected in the extremities.
- Heart Arrhythmia – Heart Disease symptoms can also manifest in the form of irregular Heartbeats (Heart arrhythmias) such as fluttering in your chest or racing heartbeat (tachycardia)
Heart Disease is now the number one killer of women at rates even higher than men. 1 out of 2 deaths in North America is from Heart Disease.
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