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What is the number one risk factor for heart disease?

What is the number one risk factor for heart disease?

Many factors: Are related to heart disease risk including age, cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking diet and activity. While age is the most important when calculating risk, some of the other factors may be more important when contemplating changes that can be made to lower risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

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


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What are the three major causes of heart attack?

What are the three major causes of heart attack?

Many: There are modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors for coronary heart disease (cad). Diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol are probably the highest predictors. ...Read more

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Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Not primary symptom: Congestive heart failure may be associated with rapid heart beat but this is not the primary symptom. Rapid heart beat is not usually a sign of coronary artery disease. Rapid heart beat can also occur in otherwise normal hearts. ...Read more

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Please describe the three main causes of heart disease?

Please describe the three main causes of heart disease?

Heart disease: Atherosclerotic disease, infectios heart disease, valvar heart disease. ...Read more

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Is a rapid heart rate one of the main symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Is a rapid heart rate one of the main symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Can be: Rapid heart rate is definitely one of the constellation of symptoms of untreated heart failure. As the heart weakens, the only mechanism for it to maintain its output is to increase the rate, the feedback mechanisms in the body which dictate more cardiac output lead to the increased heart rate. ...Read more

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Since PVCs may indicate slight risk of developing heart disease, what frequency of PVCs puts one in this category? 10-20 per day? Many more?

Since PVCs may indicate slight risk of developing heart disease, what frequency of PVCs puts one in this category?  10-20 per day?  Many more?

No it's the type: it would have to be a LOT of PVC's to matter BUT many in a row (7 or more) OR many different shapes of PVC's are signs of something serious. ...Read more

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What are the causes of coronary heart disease?

What are the causes of coronary heart disease?

Several: Many things contribute; some modifiable, others not. Things you can't change include family history, gender, genetics (although you can test for the latter). Things you can change or at least affect: smoking (stop!), exercise, diet, cholesterol & other biomarkers, diabetes/prediabetes/insulin resistance, blood pressure. Remember that often the 1st sign of chd is sudden death-so don't wait! ...Read more

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What are the other rare causes of a sudden decrease in heart rate?

What are the other rare causes of a sudden decrease in heart rate?

Several: Cardio-inhibitory form of vasodepressor reflex. Complete heart block as might occur during myocardial infarction, myotonic dystrophy, or lyme disease. Iatrogenic complete heart block from medical procedures. Use of beta blockers in patients with sick sinus syndrome. There are probably others but these come to mind. ...Read more

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What is the cause of coronary heart disease?

What is the cause of coronary heart disease?

5 risk factors: Build up of fatty plaques in artery wall is associated with smoking, high cholesterol diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and family history. ...Read more

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What is the cause of rheumatic heart disease and heart murmurs?

What is the cause of rheumatic heart disease and heart murmurs?

Autoantibodies: Rheumatic heart disease is one of the complications of an untreated strep infection.A month or more after the infection, the body has made antibodies that mistale the tissue of the heart for the germ they were designed to fight.Over time thease antibodies cause inflamation of the heart and can injure the valves. After the acute phase is past, you have a weaker heart with leaky valves and murmurs. ...Read more

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Can the heart pound due to some type of heart disease with normal heart rate?& normal ECG too??

Can  the heart pound due to some type of heart disease with normal heart rate?& normal ECG too??

Different people are: more "heart aware" than others. Most people don't feel their heart beating but some are "hyperaware". With normal physiological findings and a normal EKG it is unlikely you need to worry. ...Read more

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What are the causes of congenital heart disease?

What are the causes of congenital heart disease?

Multiple: Congenital heart defects are a collection of issues that could be devastating early or of almost no consequence even in the long. As there are a variety of maladies, the causes are multiple as well. Environmental factors, genetic abnormalities in either of the parents and a combination of these factors lead to congenital heart defects. ...Read more

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How are the concentrations of LDL and HDL related to the risk of heart disease?

How are the concentrations of LDL and HDL related to the risk of heart disease?

Correlative: The LDL is like the trash bags that are left on the street weekly by the households. The more that are placed the narrower the street. Hdl is the garbage truck that scavenges the LDL (trash) deposits. The more the HDL the lower the plaque burden. The more the LDL the higher the plaque burden. ...Read more

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Which type of foods cause heart disease?

Which type of foods cause heart disease?

High fat: High fat, high glycemic diets tend to raise sugers , raise cholesterol, and increase our weight. All of these add to our risk profile.Aha has diets on their web site for your review. ...Read more

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What are the causes of minor heart attacks?

What are the causes of minor heart attacks?

Stress: Any reason that will lead to stressing heart including infections, sepsis, and of course underlying coronary artery disease. Minor heart attacks are usually called demand ischemia in scientific terms. ...Read more

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What number of heart attacks are caused by high blood pressure?

What number of heart attacks are caused by high blood pressure?

Exact number unknown: High blood pressure is the leading cause of all heart disease, but exactly how many heart attacks are caused solely by high blood pressure is unknown. There are approximately 1.5 million heart attacks in the United States yearly, and it is estimated that high blood pressure is a significant factor in more than half of them. ...Read more