Heart Disease: Symptoms & Treatment

When people say heart disease, they most often refer to coronary heart disease. However, there are many other types of heart disease that you should be aware of. Additionally, we often hear the term cardiovascular disease; you should know that not all cardiovascular diseases are heart diseases. Below, we will list the most common types of heart disease, their symptoms and treatment. Coronary heart disease Otherwise known as coronary artery disease, it occurs when there is a plaque buildup in our arteries. This makes them more narrow which restricts blood flow and deprives the heart of oxygen. If a plaque ruptures, a blood clot could stop the blood supply to the heart, which can cause a heart attack. Symptoms The most common symptom is chest pain or angina. This is usually described as pressure, heaviness, fullness, burning, numbness, aching, squeezing. Sometimes, it is mistaken for heartburn or indigestion. Besides the chest, it can be felt in arms, neck, shoulders, back and jaw. Other symptoms include palpitations, a faster heartbeat, dizziness, sweating, nausea and shortness of breath. Treatment A doctor can diagnose you after learning about your symptoms, risk factors and medical history. There are various diagnostic tests that can be […]

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