Heart Disease Types Exposed: You Need To Know These Now!
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease causes 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States making it responsible for the deaths of about 610,000 Americans annually.
There are many types of heart disease that occur in many different ways and affect different parts of the muscle.
As they say, “Knowledge is power” and the following is a list of the different types of heart disease that you need to know now:
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a hardening that occurs in the arteries of the circulatory system. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrient-rich blood from the heart to all areas of the body. PAD occurs when the arteries that carry blood to the arms, legs and head harden. If left untreated, it can lead to amputation of the blood-deprived areas.
Also known as congestive heart failure, it occurs when the heart is no longer able to pump blood around the body efficiently. Either the left or the right side of the heart might be affected and rarely, both sides. Coronary artery disease or high blood pressure & statin medications can, over time, leave the heart too stiff or weak to fill and pump properly.
An irregular heartbeat is called Arrhythmia. Arrhythmias occur when the electrical impulses in the heart do not work properly. These make the heart beat in a way it shouldn’t, whether that be too fast, too slow or too erratically. Irregular heartbeats are common, and all people experience them depending on the situation they’re in. However, when the beats change too much or occur because of a damaged or weak heart, they need to be taken more seriously and treated as Arrhythmias can become fatal.
See your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms:
Congenital Heart Disease
A congenital heart defect is a structural problem of the heart that is present at birth. In fact, congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in babies. The defects can range from simple to complicated and can involve the walls of the heart, the arteries and veins near the heart, and the valves of the heart. Today, many children with congenital heart defects don't need treatment, but others do.
Doctors use special tests and a physical exam to diagnose congenital heart defects. Signs and symptoms include:
Simply put, Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart that makes it harder for your heart muscles to pump blood to the rest of your body. There might be no signs or symptoms in the early stages of this disease but as the condition advances, signs and symptoms usually appear:
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
CAD is the most common type of heart disease. The heart muscle is supplied with nutrients and oxygen by the coronary arteries as it circulates blood. Coronary arteries can become diseased or damaged, usually because of plaque deposits that contain cholesterol. This plaque buildup (a.k.a. Atherosclerosis) narrows the coronary arteries, and this causes the heart to receive less oxygen and nutrients.
Heart disease is the cause of 1 in every 4 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The various types of heart disease raise the risks of serial killers like heart attack and stroke, as well as cognitive decline, brain aneurysms and kidney failure. Regular physical activity & knowing which food items to avoid is crucial for a healthy heart and for your well-being.
Healthy Habits Tip: According to the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming Ceylon (Sri Lanka) cinnamon every day may be good for heart health—especially in people with hypertension. It was found that just by consuming half a teaspoon a day is enough to reduce one’s blood pressure levels without the use of statin drugs.