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Ethnic And Cultural Differences In Heart Disease
Does my ethnic background make me more or less likely to get heart disease? Does someone's race or ethnicity really make a difference in his risk of developing heart disease? Why does skin color or where you were born make someone more likely to have hear
Actually, : Actually, yes, but not exactly. There are essentially two things that makes a person more or less likely to get a disease: one - genetic makeup and two - environmental factors. Your genetic predisposition to disease depends on small differences in your dna called single nucleotide polymorphisms or snps (pronounced "snips"). However, snps are not distributed evenly among people of different ethnicities. Thus, a snp associated with one disease could be found frequently among people born in one area but almost never among people born in a different geographic area. Also, a snp associated with a particular disease in one ethnicity such as caucasians may not be associated with that disease in another ethnicity, such as north american indians. In addition to a genetic predisposition, the environment plays a very important role in disease risk. Diet, smoking, pollutants have a significant impact on one's chances of developing a disease and these factors vary greatly between geographic locations. I have appended a link here to a website that allows you to calculate your heart disease risk, however, I am not sure if that calculator factors in the genetic predisposition. ...Read more
Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems with his heart, which includes both birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks, leaky heart valves, heart failure, viral infections ...Read more
Differences to consider if someone had heart disease for a long time compared to someone that was recently diagnosed.
1 is subset of other: Thanks for your good question. Think of it this way: your cardiovascular system includes your heart (cardio) and all of your blood vessels (vascular). So, heart disease refers to problems affecting the heart, whereas cardiovascular problems includes heart diseases, as well as any problem affecting blood vessels (which are basically all over our body). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difference between a well controlled heart disease patient and an uncontrolled client in advanced age?
Hi , I am medical student and i would like to find answer for my question ( what is the difference between rehumatic fever & rehumatic heart disease )?
ARF: Acute rheumatic fever is accompanied by pancarditis, an inflammatory condition affecting all layers of the heart, including pericardium, myocardium, endocardium, etc. Rheumatic heart disease is the damage done by the inflammation of arf. As a medical student you should be solving issues like this by reading, not by asking questions online. ...Read more
What's the difference between heart disease and heart failure in the way national health stats are tracked?
Which stats?: In any case, CHF is a syndrome or set of symptoms of a weakened or diseased heart that results in various problems associated w/ insufficient oxygen to the body. So, they are connected. Here's an explanation: http://www.Healthcentral.Com/heart-disease/patient-guide-44627-6_2.Html hope it helps. ...Read more
None.: Thee terms are used interchangeably.Get a more detailed answer ›
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