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How Does Heart Disease Affect The Circulatory System
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: If the heart doesn't pump adequate blood to supply the demands of the various organ systems, they don't function normally ...Read more
Related: The heart is the pump of the cardiovascular system. When it doesn't work well the cardiovascular system does not work well. ...Read more
Mostly Heart: Coronary arteries are the main vessels coming off the aorta supplying blood to the heart muscle. There are 3 main coronary arteries. When they have significant plaques in them (coronary atherosclerosis, or coronary artery disease), people develop chest pains (angina), shortness of breath, chest tightness with exertion, heart attacks and various other consequences. ...Read more
See a doctor.: No Health Tap doc can answer your question without knowing more about your situation and examining you. See your doc please. ...Read more
May help Arteries: Not sure about GI issues but saturated fats are not unhealthy, simple carbs ; sugar drive artery disease ; most heart problems. The healthiest fats, from research: lard, coconut, palm ; better olive oils. Study: big fat lies, mcgovern's report, mary enig, stossel debunking food myths, dietdoctor. Com, gary taubes, peter attia, nusi. Org, robert lustig, the men who made us fat, nora gedgaudas, etc. ...Read more
What effect does fasting have on blood pressure specifically (age 15-20)? And does heart disease affect blood pressure?
Fasting makes your body go into a stress response mode. Blood pressure might go up slightly.
Remember that BP=SVxTPR
Blood Pressure=Stroke Volume x Total Peripheral Resistance
Total Peripheral Resistance=Stroke volume x Heart Rate
The physiology behind Blood Pressure tries to maintain harmony even while fasting at all ages. Heart disease is a general term-it does effect the equation. ...Read more
Temperature: In general it isn't a big deal. There can be some reflex cardiac rhythm problems and this is the reason for the caution. ...Read more
I heard that homogenization of milk causes heart disease. I don't want to believe it. Is it true?
Does not: Don't believe it. No evidence for this at all. ...Read more
No plan I know of: Congenital heart disease (chd) is a sporadic event occuring in ~1% of births. It is frequently seen in chromasome disorders. Having one or more parents with a defect increases risk but not always for the same defects. Having a 1st child with chd increases risk for a 2nd. A healthy lifestyle prior to and during pregnancy is the best anyone can do. Even then, ~4% of nbns will have an issue to deal with. ...Read more
Can you take coq10 coenzyme even if you don't have a heart disease/problem and you are still young?
Yes: It may not help, but there's no toxicity associated with regular doses of coq 10. ...Read more
I exercise often yet my resting heart sitting is higher then a friend who doesn't exercise and is lower. Heart Disease? Anxiety?
With heart disease in my family, my diet hasn't been great. Although I'm not overweight, and I exercise 2-3 times per week should I be concerned?
Pay attention: Family history is an extremely important determinant on the risk of heart disease. At your age, given an increased risk from family history you should be starting to engage in better dietary habits. Know your lipid profile and consider meds along with a better low fat diet if your LDL cholesterol is more than 130 (strive for 100). Exercise 5x per week. Avoid smoking. Starting young helps. ...Read more
I was working very hard and hadn't slept for 36+ hours my heart rate was 44 last night usually around 50-60! Does this mean I have heart disease?
Not necessarily: A heart rate of 44 is low but for some people this is normal, particularly if you are an athlete. If you have no symptoms, such as dizziness or passing out this is good too. An EKG would be good to make sure your heart is beating from your sinus node. There is a problem called sick sinus syndrome that causes a low heart rate. Usually with this problem your heart rate doesn't increase. All the best ...Read more
Does milk increase risk of heart disease? I have heard conflicting studies, which some say the satfat in milk causes h.D, and others sayingno connection
Sadly there is: A lot of controversial opinions at the internet. A theory developed early 1960 -1980's linking milk homogenization and production of an enzyme call xanthine oxidase with an increase in coronary artery disease. Subsequent prospective epideomological studies have failed to showed that direct effect. In my opinion drink your milk but if you are worry change to soy milk. Exercise and eat healthy. ...Read more
Could hemopheliacs have a less chance of having heart disease/ stroke since their blood doesn't clot that well?
Increased risk: There is an increased risk of hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke. ...Read more
I recently read that you can have congenital heart disease and not know it. Why aren't all people screened for this?
Population screening: While congenital heart disease is the most common birth abnormality, the absolute number of people born with congenital heart disease is small compared to whole population. Therefore to screen the whole population in the absence of symptoms does not make sense to find few potential patients. If one is not feeling well, or has complaints, then congenital heart disease may be considered. ...Read more
I'm 22 and don't smoke and drink but somedays when im laying on my side my heart skips beats what are the chances I have heart disease at my age?
Less than 1-234, 000: As far as a blood flow problem. As far as a heart rhythm problem, odds are against you. Have you ever had an ekg? Maybe it's time to see and talk to your doctor please. ...Read more
Slight elevated EDP noticed w/ cath (20). Ef 50-55. Arteries lrge and clear. LBBB. Is this heart disease or dysfunction? Can't exercise too hard. Y?
The problem. Is diastolic dysfunction with preserved ejection fraction which is commonly associated with left ventricular hypertrophy from any cause. Exercise intolerance is a hallmark of this condition as it worsens with increasing heart rate. Clinical conditions associated with this condition include hypertension, diabetes cardiomyopathy, etc
Framingham Heart Study Dr. William Castelli:"People with total cholestrol levels under 150 just don't get heart attacks or heart disease" Is this true?
Yes. This is a: Generalization but, for the most part, is true. ...Read more
Dissolution Therapy: If mom is having pain due to the gallstones and felt to be a poor candidate for surgery, it may be worth trying to dissolve the gallstones using medication (ursodiol). This is only suitable for small, non calcified stones and takes months to work. If she has a severe attack, an interventional radiologist can place a tube into the gallbladder to rx the blockage (percutaneous cholecystostomy). ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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