According to the National Vital Statistics Report, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the Center for Disease Control states that approximately 610,000 patients die of heart disease in the US each year and that is about one case of heart disease in every four deaths.
The government together with your doctors and health care professionals aims to increase awareness towards the seriousness and possible complications of heart diseases.
What is heart disease?
Heart disease is a group of disorders which affects the heart and the blood vessels, can include diseases which the proper rhythm of the beating of the heart, the flow of blood and if not diagnosed and treated early, can cause grave complications or even death.
What are the diseases classified under heart disease?
Heart diseases are usually related to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a condition wherein fatty and waxy substances tend to build up and cause narrowing of the blood vessels, which leads to venous outflow obstruction that results in decreased oxygen supply to your vital organs.
Arrhythmia or the abnormal rhythm of the beating of the heart is a condition wherein the heart is not beating properly, it may be too fast, too slow or there is erratic beating. This condition may cause your heart not to pump enough blood to supply the entire body leading again to decreased oxygen supply.
Heart failure is also one of the most common disease suffered by patients with heart disease. In this condition the heart is still pumping but not with enough force to equally distribute the blood, leading to poor blood flow.
What are the complications of uncontrolled heart disease?
If heart diseases are left untreated, it might lead to heart attack or stroke.
What are the treatments and management?
Heart diseases are usually managed with a combination of lifestyle modifications such as diet, quitting smoking and drinking, exercise, medications, surgery and innovative procedures enhanced with technology.
The heart is a vital organ of your body and needs to be taken care of. When it comes to the heart, it is important not to delay seeking out professional medical help.