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Can I Tell If I Have Heart Disease
Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more
Heart disease: Consult the doctor who knows you and your condition best and ask this question in general if your symptoms are getting worse, the disease is progressing. ...Read more
Heart disease: Heart disease is the no. 1 cause of death in women. ...Read more
May predict chance: Depending on your family history of heart disease, your lifestyle choices (smoke? Drink? Drugs?) your diet and exercise habits, your personal history of health problems (obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes etc.) you can make an educated guess based on what we have learned from the population you are part of as time goes by. ...Read more
Study site: Typically, the location, or setting of the study will have a higher population of willing participants of a certain gender, that will participate. Some studies are specifically targeted toward evaluating disease in women, or the specific disease may be more common in women. Studies from Veteran's Administration, may be more men. Women often live longer on average. ...Read more
What does degenerative heart disease mean.... im googling it but it wont tell me, keeps refering to conjestive heart disease?
Generic term: Degenerative heart disease refers to all the changes that occur with aging in contrast to (for example) due to infection, trauma, auto-immune diseases, cancer, etc. It can take many forms, but 2 common manifestations are aortic sclerosis and mitral annular calcification. There are many others. ...Read more
Hcm?: Often cardiologists, will use hcm as an abbreviation for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. There are various types, which pose different risks, but the all involve an abnormally large growth of part of the heart muscle walls. Not all physicians use the same abbreviations, so it's best to go to the source, to ask directly. hcm can be a dangerous. call 911 if chest pain, breathless, or dizzy. ...Read more
Yes: Smoking is probably the main preventable cause of arteriosclerosis in the western world, and is becoming more significant in the developing world as well, since cigarette companies are targetting developing nations. Elevated cholesterol (esp ldl), diabetes, hypertension and heredity are the other main risk factors. ...Read more
See a doc: Sorry, friend. That one's too vague even for the internet. If this is a serious concern you need to see a doc who can look toward some more specific questions and get you some answers. It'll be a well-spent $100. ...Read more
Many: Most common causes are coronary artery disease causing heart ischemia and systolic heart dysfunction, hypertensive disease and diabetes mellitus. Other causes include valvular heart disease, arrhythmias, cancer therapy, hypothyroidism, drug abuse, fluid overload like in renal failure, alcohol abuse etc. ...Read more
Have pediatrician: She needs to understand prevention of repetitive strep throats, the possible development of a need for future heart surgery, the possible development of heart valve infection and the possible need for prophylactic antibiotics when having dental work, etc. The best thing would be to have a pediatrician or family practitioner explain these things to your girlfriend. ...Read more
Could you tell me if we feel our heart areas like being stabbed/sharp pain, is that heart disease?
Not usually: Occasionaly inflamation around the heart (pericarditis ) can feel like this , but most of the time its not cardiac. ...Read more
This will get you started:
Angina-chest pain from atherosclerotic blockage of the arteries to the heart.
So one has to have coronary vessels blocked by atherosclerosis and plaque deposits to the degree that the heart does not get enough oxygen.
ignore and get coronary problems.
Family history is also significant. ...Read more
Mixed: Cardiomyopathy means heart muscle disease. There are multiple causes. Some causes are abnormal proteins caused by a gene defect. Congenital heart disease conventionally refers to an abnormality that is present at birth in the structure of the heart or blood vessels in the chest. Severity and impact varies from trivial to fatal. Some congenital heart diseases can develop features of cardiomyopathy. ...Read more
HDL good, LDL bad:
High density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) is protective and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (ldl) is a risk factor for heart disease. Total cholesterol is more or less a sum of these two values plus a contribution from triglycerides. See this site for more info.
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/diagnostics-testing/laboratory-tests/lipid-blood-tests.aspx. ...Read more