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The Heart Disease Resource Page

Labeled diagram of the human heart

Heart disease is one of the most silent yet common causes of death of people within the United States and around the world. Heart disease can be defined by any number of different diagnoses. Heart attacks, stroke, coronary artery disease, heart murmurs, or mitral valve prolapse are just a few examples of problems related to the heart. There are several factors that can contribute to heart disease. Smoking and drinking alcohol are two very common factors. Smoking is the leading cause of heart disease in both men and women. It is highly advised to quit smoking as soon as possible to help prevent heart disease or related issues. Eating a low fat, high fiber diet can also help to prevent heart disease. Studies have shown that people who eat diets high in sugar, fats, and cholesterol are more prone to have heart disease. Keeping cholesterol low through healthy living can help keep the heart strong, and be a factor in preventing heart disease.

Prevention of Heart Disease

It is very important to know the symptoms of a heart related health problem. No two people will experience the same symptoms, but many are common across the board. Men and women often experience different symptoms. Women often do not realize they are having a heart attack or stroke, and will ignore the warning signs. A sudden feeling of numbness in the arm, dizziness or sudden fatigue and a sharp tight feeling in the chest are all common signs. Many people suffering from a heart attack will not be able to stand, and can sometimes pass out. Stroke victims may notice Bell's Palsy, a problem that involves one side of the face drooping down suddenly. Sharp headaches, difficulty breathing, and palpitations are also other warning signs.

Signs and Symptoms

While some heart disease issues are hereditary or begin at birth, such as murmurs, most can be caused by our own habits and lifestyle. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and causes of heart disease in advance can help people to live longer. By getting good exercise, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding harmful habits, people can decrease the odds of a heart attack significantly. Keeping cholesterol low is a big contributor to preventing heart problems. Fortunately, technological advancements in heart surgery have allowed hospitals to save more lives than ever before. New methods and machinery make operating on the heart more efficient and accurate. By being armed with knowledge about potential heart problems and their causes, people have a much better chance of surviving or preventing heart disease altogether.