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Hokum 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
Many causes: Heart disease can be caused by many things such as genetics or a bacterial infection. Perhaps the most common risk factors are related to lifestyle and thus can be changed. Smoking, excessive alcohol use, obesity, or uncontrolled blood sugars in a diabetic are all important risk factors for cardiovascular disease.See 1 more doctor answer
To broad: There is sick sinus syndrome which a pt needs a pace maker. There's atheroslcerotic heart disease with cholesterol build up in arteries of the heart. Valvular heart disease is when the valves of the heart are leaking or blocked. Need to be more specfic.
Various causes: Cardiomyopathy is a generic term for abnormal heart muscle. It can be caused by infections, poisons, genetics, and physiologic causes. There are both weak heart and 'strong heart' cardiomyopathies. The cause of someone's cardiomyopathy requires more information than the term cardiomyopathy.
Yes and No: In 400 words? Well there are lots of things that can go wrong with the heart. The muscle can be weak, the valves can lea. If the arteries bet blocked it can damage the muscle and cause heart failure. There can be infections of the heart or tumors. There can be rhythm problems making it beat to fast or slow. So I am about out fo words but not too bad for four hundred letters more or less.See 1 more doctor answer
Interactions: Heart disease is often the result of environmental interactions and genetic predispositions. Some forms of heart diease are genetic, like some valvular abnormalities. Some are environmental, like exposure to toxins. Most are the result of some genetic predisposition or liklihood of developing a pathology and exposure in the environment that allows that predisposition to become manifest.See 1 more doctor answer
Music?: "i left my heart in san francisco" always comes to mind, of course. I assume there's a typo: signs? Same as men with these caveats: premenopausal women don't get heart attacks unless they smoke, have diabetes, or use cocaine. Chest pain in older women may be atypical. In both men and women, there may be no pain at all. Shortness of breath alone may be a pain surrogate.
Women and CAD: It may be, at times women can have somewhat atypical symptoms. They are usually associated with shortness of breath or lightheadedness. If you have symptoms that occur and do not resolve with rest you should see your physician or go to the er.
Need more space...: This is not a practical forum for this curious question--you probably better off googling it. But to name a few: coronary artery disease, hypertensive hd, valvular hd, cardiomyopathies (dilated, hypertrophic, tachycardic types), endocarditis, atrial fibrillation, flutter, wolf-parkinson-white syndrome, r or l bundle branch block, pvcs, pat, 1st/sec/3rd heart block, heart failure. Have fun learning.See 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Having a parent or sibling with heart disease can represent an inheritable heart disease not all family risk is the same, though. Men younger than 55 and women <65 are considered to be higher risk relatives. An 85 year old grandfather with a heart attack or a heavy smoking 63 y/o dad with a heart attack may not represent a gene to their thin, frequent jogger grandson/son.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: That would depend on what type of heart disease you are talking about. There are things you are born with, there are infections, trauma, and things that are related to risk factors. Coronary artery disease for instance is more common if you have diabetes, smoke, have a high cholesterol, and a family history of the problem.See 1 more doctor answer
Heart disease: The most common heart diseases are atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries and hypertrophy, or thickening of the heart muscle leading to stiffness and abnormal muscle function. At their worst these both can lead to congestive heart failure, or the inability of the heart to pumps the blood adequately, with a resulting pressure buildup causing fluid to leak back into the lungs.See 1 more doctor answer