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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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What is the leading cause of pericarditis for the elderly?

What is the leading cause of pericarditis for the elderly?

Viral: The leading cause is a viral infection, namely the coxsackie or echovirus. Some other causes include hypothyroidism or kidney failure. A good portion of the time a specific cause can't be determined, we call that "idiopathic". ...Read more

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What is the cause of heart inlargement?

What is the cause of heart inlargement?

Weakness: When the heart weakens, it enlarges in an attempt to pump more blood in its weakend state. Just like using a larger lever can lift a heavier rock, the heart can pump more blood when it enlarges, even if the muscle is weaker. ...Read more

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What is the cause of periodontal disease?

What is the cause of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease: Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. It is caused by chronic poor oral hygiene...improper and incomplete brushing and flossing, plus not having regular visits to the dentist. Periodontal disease will continue to get worse if not treated, leading to loss of teeth, and possible increases in systemic inflammation. ...Read more

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What is the cause of cardiovascular embolus?

Typically bloodclots: Cardiovascular embolism typically would be due to a blood clot that formed in the heart or along the arterial or venous circulation. Common causes would be atrial fibrillation (abnormal rhythm leading to stagnant blood), a heart attack or cardiomyopathy causing weak heart, or a blood clotting disorder or local injury leading to a venous blood clot in peripheral vein or pelvis. Rarely chol or air. ...Read more

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What is the physiological cause of a heart attack?

What is the physiological cause of a heart attack?

Supply & demand: In simple terms, it is a mismatch between the supply of oxygen and nutrients to heart muscle and the needs/demands of the heart muscle. In effect, heart muscle suffocates. This can be caused by narrowed or blocked vessels (coronary arteries) limiting blood flow. Stress tests on treadmill increases work of heart and determine if you can increase supply to match demand. ...Read more

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What is the cause of graves diseases?

What is the cause of graves diseases?

Autoimmunity: Wbcs make an antigen that slips into the receptor for the bodies natural TSH causing the production of too much thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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What is the cause of lafora disease?

What is the cause of lafora disease?

Genetics: It is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder. ...Read more

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What would be the most common causes and the effects of coronary heart disease?

What would be the most common causes and the effects of coronary heart disease?

Atherosclerosis: Depends on one's personal risks smoking, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipemia, diabetes , family history. Simply, one blocks the feeding artery to part of the heart muscle and low flow, or no flow causes ischemia which cause death of the heart cells, which is a heart attack! myocardial infarction is the medical term.Ekg and lab tests show the damage. ...Read more

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What is the cause of uncontrolled hypertension?

What is the cause of uncontrolled hypertension?

See Below: Vascular hardening, tumor of the adrenal gland, blockage/stenosis of the kidney (renal) arteries, renal failure. Additionally, there are other rare causes. ...Read more

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What is the cause of uncontrolled hypertension?

What is the cause of uncontrolled hypertension?

Multiple possibility: Uncontrol hypertension would be due to secondary hypertension, such as renal arterial stenosis, tumor in adrenal gland, etc. ...Read more

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What are the causes of coronary thrombosis and what affects the risk of coronary heart disease?

What are the causes of coronary thrombosis and what affects the risk of coronary heart disease?

Genes and lifestyle: Coronary thrombus is a clot in an artery that feeds the heart. Anything that damages or roughens the lining of the blood vessels could result in clot formation, such as elevated cholesterol and hypertension. Risk factors include family history of heart disease, being male, increasing age, elevated cholesterol or ldl, obesity, smoking, and being sedentary. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sudden kidney collapse?

What is the cause of sudden kidney collapse?

Cause of AKI: Acute renal failure or acute kidney injury (AKI) can be due to several causes including severe dehydration, bleeding, intake of nephrotoxins (medications or chemicals), obstruction of urine flow from both kidneys (e.g. enlarged prostate, retroperitoneal fibrosis), acute inflammation of kidneys (i.e. glomerulonephritis), infection of the kidneys (i.e. pyelonephritis), and much more. ...Read more

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What is the cause of secondary hypertension?

What is the cause of secondary hypertension?

Long list: Chronic kidney disease, renal artery stenosis, several problems of adrenal gland including excess aldosterone levels and pheochromocytoma, obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid disorders, illegal drugs use, obesity etc. ...Read more

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