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How Does Heart Disease Affect You
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
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Here are some...: Changing or Impairing sexual function always result from multiple factors with aging leading its pack and vascular disease is key factor to restrict blood flow to nourish tissues and organs. So, it is a systemic lifelong process. More on ED & sexual function? Peruse articles listed on http://formefirst.com/eBlogList.html. More? I can help at www.HealthTap.com/dr-Lin with RQPWJC to login... ...Read more
Cholesterol/diabetes: Proper nutrition is very important in prevention of coronary artery disease bacause obesity is number i cause of diabetese, high blood pressure and cad coronary artery disease can be prevented to a major extent by proper nutrition which includes preventing overeating to prevent obesity, low salt intake, low carb and low cholesterol diet, foods high in fiber, whole fruits, vegeis, whole grains, nuts etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In many ways.: Nonspecific question. Cardiovascular means the heart and the artery-vein system of the body. You need this system to pump blood to your organs. If it doesn't work well, different organs can suffer from lack of oxygen and die. It can cause Heart attacks, strokes, circulation problems, and weakness if heart doesn't work well. ...Read more
Risk Factors: Sometimes the cards are stacked against you, i.e. Genetic problems. Sometimes you stack the deck yourself: almost everyone will have some atherosclerosis if they live long enough but smoking, very bad diet, sedentary (ie. No exercise) lifestyle, lack of management of cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, non-compliance with doctor exacerbates the risks and advances the disease faster. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Liver disease: The most important function of the liver is the clearing of toxins from the blood as well as produce substance that are necessary for daily living. A diseased liver can not do neither of them well. ...Read more
Pressure: The liver performs many vital functions including filtering toxins and produicing things like natural anti coagulants. Impairment of these affects the heart along with other organs. When the liver is affected by things like cirrhosis, it can cause abnormal filling pressures within the heart. This, if untreated, can lead to failure of the right side of the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nicotine: Nicotine can cause increased heart rate and constriction of blood vessels, which can cause high blood pressure or even low blood flow through the coronary arteries of the heart. Lower oxygen levels in the blood due to smoking can increase heart rate as well ... Smoking can cause atherosclerosis, which can block the coronary arteries to the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Increased infection: Proving that diabetes affects the lungs directly is difficult and the "jury is still out". However, diabetic patients have increased risk for pneumonia and influenza. Both infections can affect your lungs. Diabetics should recieve annual flu shots because of this reason. The new guidelines for Pneumovax (pneumonia shot) is to give the shot before age 65 and repeat it on a patients 65th bday. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Periodontal disease: Your question should be how do I best take care of my teeth and gums so that I never get periodontal disease that could affect my heart. See your dentist, have your teeth cleaned and checked for gum disease. ANY gum disease can affect your heart. No time is "safe". If you have periodontal disease, seek treatment and be safe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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