Symptoms And Causes Of Heart Disease
Heart disease is an umbrella term which refers to a number of disorders that affect the heart and vascular system. It is often used in reference to rhythmic issues (known as arrhythmias), problems with the coronary arteries, and blood vessels. It is estimated that this disorder accounts for more deaths than caused by cancer. Fortunately, it is largely preventable.
In this article, we’ll explore the various symptoms which can manifest with different forms of the condition. We’ll also take a closer look at potential root causes for the disorder. Finally, we’ll describe possible consequences of developing the disease.
Potential Warning Signs
As noted, there are several manifestations of the disease and each presents different symptoms. For example, when it affects the cardiovascular system, your blood vessels can constrict or develop blockages. As a result, blood fails to circulate throughout your body freely; that can lead to pain in your chest or a numb sensation in your arms and legs.
On the other hand, the illness may cause an arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat. That can eventually lead to difficulty breathing or feeling lightheaded. If you develop cardiomyopathy (a related condition in which the heart thickens), you might notice swelling in your feet and legs. Other warning signs which can manifest include extreme fatigue, fainting, and even rashes on your skin.
Finding The Root Of The Problem
In the same way that there are many potential symptoms depending upon the form of the disease, there are several possible root causes. To fully appreciate the problem, it’s important to consider what is happening inside your body. You probably realize that blood carries oxygen throughout your body to your organs and tissues. Your lungs supply the oxygen in your blood, which is pumped to your blood vessels by your heart. If your arteries develop blockages, your blood cannot flow effectively.
Now, consider cardiovascular disease (a common form of the condition). It develops as a result of plaque that accumulates in your arteries, usually from poor dietary and exercise habits. The plaque builds and limits the flow of blood. Eventually, that creates excess pressure within the arteries and the cardiovascular system suffers as a result.
There are many possible complications which can occur as a result of developing heart disease. For example, if it affects the cardiovascular system, the condition can cause a stroke or aneurysm. If it affects the coronary arteries, the patient can suffer a heart attack. If the electrical impulse which triggers the muscle’s pumping action (thereby sending blood to the blood vessels) is interrupted, a cardiac arrest can follow.
The entire vascular system is an intricate design. As a result, a great number of potential problems can manifest if a proper diet and exercise routine is not followed. Be aware of the warning signs and call your doctor if any of them present.