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Priya K + Follow 02 Mar 2016
Cardiovascular disease: You don’t want to skip this beat!

The reason could be cardiovascular disease (CVD). Cardiovascular disease is a term that is used to describe a disease of the heart or blood vessels. Sometimes, clots in blood cause reduced blood flow to the heart or brain. This condition of the heart is called thrombosis. Fatty deposits could build up in the arteries and can cause them to narrow. This condition is called atherosclerosis. In time, your arteries may become so narrow that they cannot supply enough oxygen-rich blood to your heart. This can cause angina – a pain or discomfort in your chest.

Sometimes, a piece of atheroma in your arteries breaks away. This might lead to blood clots. These clots may block your coronary artery, cutting off the oxygen supply to the heart muscles. This might cause permanent damage to your heart muscle leading to a heart attack. When a blood clot blocks an artery that carries blood to your brain, it can cut off the blood supply to part of your brain, causing a stroke.

A family full of black sheep

Suffering from a cardiovascular disease can not only be physically devastating but also an emotional nightmare. but it’s a feeling of an uninvited guest that stays over. CVD is a family that houses many different types of diseases:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Peripheral arterial disease: Disease of blood vessels that supply blood to the arms and legs
  • Cerebrovascular disease: Disease of blood vessels that supply blood to the brain (includes stroke)
  • Renal artery stenosis
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Cardiomyopathy: Diseases of cardiac muscle
  • Hypertensive heart disease: Diseases of the heart secondary to high blood pressure or hypertension
  • Heart failure
  • Pulmonary heart disease: A failure on the right side of the heart with respiratory system involvement
  • Cardiac dysrhythmias: Abnormalities of heart rhythm
  • Endocarditis: Inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, the endocardium. The structures most commonly involved are the heart valves
  • Myocarditis: Inflammation of the myocardium, the muscular part of the heart

Make a heart-healthy shift today!

There are a number of risk factors that cause CVD. Some of them can be reduced or prevented.

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Smoking – quit now.
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes – take control of your diet.
  • Lack of exercise – start today.
  • Being overweight or obese – lose weight.
  • A family history of heart disease.

Make sure you take good care of your heart!

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