3 Types of Heart Disease: How to Protect Yourself
Heart disease is one of the most common causes of death in the United States, but it is also one of the most preventable diseases. Due to the fact that cardiovascular disease is a completely preventable and treatable problem, it’s important to do what you can to keep your body healthy in order to prevent developing heart disease. There are a few types of heart disease that can bring negative effects to the body. They are important to understand so you can better know how to protect yourself.
Types of Heart Disease
Heart disease can be referred to a number of heart conditions, but the main three include:
⦁ Angina: A pain the chest due to reduced blood flow through the arteries and weakening of the heart. Additionally, there are four types of angina. The first type is chronic angina, which occurs with physical exertion and stress. The second is unstable angina, which can happen at rest and while sleeping. The third type is variant angina, which happens without warning and creates a spasm or tightening of the coronary artery. The fourth and final type is microvascular angina, which is more severe, lasts longer and occurs in the arterial blood vessels. All of these types of angina can be treated.
⦁ Arrhythmias: A person can be born with heart arrhythmia, or it can occur to them later in life. Some arrhythmias are benign, while others can be dangerous. The most common arrhythmias include bradycardia, which is a slower heart rate, and tachycardia, which is a faster heart rate. While these two types of arrhythmias can be benign, some supraventricular arrhythmias can be life threatening. Supraventricular tachycardia is any irregular heartbeat that occurs above the ventricles. There are two types of SVT, which are atrial fibrillation and an atrial flutter. A flutter occurs when a large number faster heartbeats occur and then the heartbeat returns to normal. Atrial fibrillation happens when the atrium beats rapidly, which is more common in the elderly who have high blood pressure or cholesterol.
⦁ Coronary Artery Disease: This is the most common heart condition in the United States and consists of plaque and cholesterol build-up in the arteries, which results in a narrowing of the arteries and reduces blood flow. CAD can lead to heart failure due to heart being unable to pump blood normally and arrhythmia. The first sign to be aware of is a heart attack, which happens when the plaque completely blocks blood flow to an artery in the heart.
Know the Signs
Symptoms and signs of a heart attack that is about to happen should be well known so that you can be aware of them in yourself and loved ones. The signs include:
⦁ Pain or discomfort in the neck, jaw or back
⦁ Feeling weak or faint
⦁ Chest pain or tightness
⦁ Shortness of breath
⦁ Stomach pain
⦁ Pain in arms, shoulders or upper body
⦁ Nausea or Vomiting
By knowing these signs you can get treatment fast and can even prevent future heart situations from occurring. There are many options to prevent heart disease, including Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, a hormone replacement therapy with many benefits.
Get in Good Health at Angel Longevity
At Angel Longevity Center, we want to ensure that our patients receive optimal levels of care and the latest therapies available in Functional Medicine. Our friendly staff is experienced in helping patients face and overcome a wide variety of health concerns by creating personalized wellness programs to address each patient’s specific needs. Patients who have been diagnosed with heart disease, think they may have a problem or just want to make sure they can prevent future cardiovascular problems, please call our office at (818) 930-5706 to schedule your free wellness phone consultation with our heart disease physician.