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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 is the leading/main cause of heart disease in the U.S.?

What is the leading/main cause of heart disease in the U.S.?

Bad Habits: The majority of heart disease is a result of poor eating habits, a sedentary lifestyle, possibly poor stress management & smoking or tobacco. In addition, genetics plays a role, as well as under treated hypertension, diabetes, and high bad cholesterol. Uncontrollable risk factors for heart disease include age (older), and gender (male). See PCP for risk factor screening and treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if heart disease is the leading cause of death where?

What to do if heart disease is the leading cause of death where?

Lifestyle changes: Don't smoke; exercise goal 4-5 days/week 30-45 min/day; limit alcohol; eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other high-fiber foods.and choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol; limit your stress. See your primary provider regularly. ...Read more

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What exactly is heart disease and why is it the leading cause of death in America?

What exactly is heart disease and why is it the leading cause of death in America?

CAD plus: Heart disease is a broad category of any condition that affects the heart. The most common condition and the condition that is the leading cause of death is coronary artery disease. This is a condition in which the blood vessels on the surface of the heart which bring blood to the heart muscle develop blockages. When these coronary arteries become blocked the result can be a heart attack. ...Read more

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Doc im furqan from indonesia what is the cause of heart disease? What kind of activities I have to do to prevent that disease?

Doc im furqan from indonesia what is the cause of heart disease? What kind of activities I have to do to prevent that disease?

Heart disease: They several different kinds of heart diseases. The most common risk factors for heart disease are high blood pressure, smoking, high body fat, high cholesterol, diabetes, lack of physical activity. You can reduce your chances of getting heart disease by eating a balanced low fat low carbohydrate diet rich in fruits, vegetables and nuts, exercising regularly, reducing salt intake, avoid smoking. ...Read more

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Is it true that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease and stroke?

Is it true that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease and stroke?

Yes: High cholesterol (especially LDL - "bad cholesterol") is one of the risk factors for both stroke and heart disease. Others include high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes. High cholesterol can be corrected by healthy diet or medication. ...Read more

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The best current science says that eating dietary cholesterol is not a cause of heart disease. Why do docs still insist on cutting back on eggs?

The best current science says that eating dietary cholesterol is not a cause of heart disease. Why do docs still insist on cutting back on eggs?

Defensive medicine: I've noticed over the years that some advice is evidence-based, and other advice is simply given out of fear of lawsuits. "Didn't your doctor tell you not to eat eggs?" It's taken not just the joy but even the integrity out of much of doing general preventive medicine. ...Read more

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How is heart disease caused?

How is heart disease caused?

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. ...Read more

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How could stess cause heart disease?

How could stess cause heart disease?

External Stress : sometimes raises certain hormones in your body that over time may cause injuries to your blood vessels and or/ vital organs. ...Read more

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What kind of fat causes heart disease?

What kind of fat causes heart disease?

Unsaturated fat: In general, multiple longterm studies have shown that unsaturated fat increases the risk of heart disease. However recent data is challenging these links. But still the best thing to do is to try to increase intake of healthy fats and decrease intake of unhealthy fats. ...Read more

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What are common causes of heart disease?

What are common causes of heart disease?

Many things: The major ones are lifestyle and genetics. Eating a diet loaded with saturated fats (i.E animal products), sedentary lifestyle, and genetic predisposition is the recipe for heart disease. ...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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Can you please list the common causes of heart disease?

Can you please list the common causes of heart disease?

Risk factors: Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) occurs when the walls of blood vessels thicken due to deposits of fat and plaque. This narrowing or blockage of the arteries causes heart disease. The risk factors for heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity, and diabetes. ...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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Can using chipped mugs leach toxins that cause heart disease?

Pop claim: Ceramics have a glaze that makes it easy to clean off bacteria, and there may be harder to keep a chipped area free of food debris and the bacteria that grow on it. Bacteria are everywhere, though, are mostly harmless, and the bugs that are going to cause food poisoning (the only real issue here) won't thrive here. Causing heart disease? Someone is kidding you. ...Read more

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What are the interior structures of the heart? What causes them to break and get heart disease?

What are the interior structures of the heart? What causes them to break and get heart disease?

Interior heart: The interior heart structures are usually referring to the valves, chords and muscle that provide the hearts forward pumping function. There are many reasons these structures can wear down, such as some types of infection, rheumatologic diseases, coronary disease, cardiomyopathies, and otherwise general wear and tear with age. ...Read more