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What Is A Cardiovascular 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
A general term: All diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, can be divided into acute (new) or chronic (on-going). A medical aphorism is "to treat acute problems acutely and chronic problems chronically". Think of the difference as a "sprint" vs a "marathon." urgent problems may require immediate attention, although not all acute cv disorders are serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sick Support: You can think of collagen as sort of the glue and supporting tissue that holds our bodies together. There is collagen holding our eye lens in place and collagen in our ligaments of our joints and other places. Collagen vascular disease is typically an autoimmune disease which affects all sorts of tissues. Rheumatologists are the specialists who typically see this illness. ...Read more
Cardiac testing: There are lots of 'good tests', we choose by what we need to know. ECG gives us general rate, rhythm and some other info. Echocardiography shows anatomy, physiology and some other info. Nuclear imaging can show anatomy, some physiology and other info. Radiographic angiograpy is very important for coronary anatomy. There are plenty of other 'good tests' too. ...Read more
Vascular disease: Claudication refers to pain on activity, usually pain in the leg on walking. It is due to narrowing of arteries, usually due to atherosclerosis. It may also be referred to as peripheral vascular disease and has a high degree of association with heart attacks and strokes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multifactorial: Coma means unarousable unresponsiveness. It is caused by injury to both cerebral hemispheres or the central brain stem or both. The cause is either traumatic or non traumatic . Non traumatic causes are many - anoxic/ischemic, metabolic, endocrine, infectious, degenerative, etc. It is a clinical term with many disease types as cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Beyond the community: An outbreak is often referred to an infectious agent spreading within a community/small area, but when spread beyond this small community to other areas/cities/states is called and epidemic. When the spread is crossing beyond the country to other continent(s) is called a pandemic as what happened with the h1n1 swine flu in 2009. Have fun learning. Knowledge is power. ...Read more
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