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Why do people get heart disease?

Why do people get heart disease?

Interactions: Heart disease is often the result of environmental interactions and genetic predispositions. Some forms of heart diease are genetic, like some valvular abnormalities. Some are environmental, like exposure to toxins. Most are the result of some genetic predisposition or liklihood of developing a pathology and exposure in the environment that allows that predisposition to become manifest. ...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 age do people get coronary heart disease?

What age do people get coronary heart disease?

Depends: Unfortunately, we are finding coronary artery disease in younger and younger patients everyday. This used to be a disease of the older population, but now we see it in people who are no older than 30 years old at times, especially if they are diabetic or if they smoke heavily. However, it is still more commonly encountered in people older than 50 overall. ...Read more

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What people can get heart disease?

What people can get heart disease?

Heart Disease: Everybody... Risk factors include genetics, untreated cholesterol/triglycerides, diabetes, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, as well age and gender. ...Read more

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Why do people get heart pain?

Why do people get heart pain?

Several reasons: If there is a blockage in an artery supplying the heart, pain will occur, often on exertion but it could occur at rest as well. Pericarditis, an inflammation in the sac around the heart, can also cause pain. But remember, not all pain in the chest is related to the heart. Pain related to GI problems, for instance, can simulate heart pain. ...Read more

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Why do people with coronary disease get chest pain?

Why do people with coronary disease get chest pain?

Not enough oxygen: The best i can explain it, when the heart muscle is distressed due to inadequate oxygen, the pain pathways from it become activated and the person feels chest pain. This can be due to coronary disease, but there are other cardiac causes of chest pain also which likely results from the same mechanism, like that of aortic insufficiency, or severely elevated blood pressure. ...Read more

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Why do people get hypertension?

Why do people get hypertension?

Many factors: Hardening of the arteries/atherosclerosis, kidney problems, hormonal problems, overweight/obesity, adrenal gland problems, too much salt, too much blood volume, calcification of the arteries and congenital heart problems such as coarctation. ...Read more

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What do people get heart caths for?

What do people get heart caths for?

Diagnosis Heart Dis.: Heat catheterization is an invasive test with risk, is done to confirm a suspected diagnosis of heart disease. Most commonly it is done to demonstrate the amount of blockage in coronary arteries, but also congenital heart problems can be investigated, and other less common forms of heart disease can be investigated with a heart cath. ...Read more

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Why do young people get bad kidney conditions?

Why do young people get bad kidney conditions?

Many Reasons: Very young children can get congenital kidney diseases that are caused by various gene defects (usually hereditary). One of the most common types of genetic kidney disease is polycystic kidney disease. Also young people can get glomerulonephritis, which is usually not inherited, but occasionally in rare cases there are genetic causes. These conditions cause abnormal deposits in the kidneys. ...Read more

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Why do people get heart palpitations when they get upset?

Why do people get heart palpitations when they get upset?

Heart rhythm change: There are many different conditions that can cause the awareness of a different sensation - what we call palpitations. The vast majority of times in healthy people it is a benign condition - extra strong heartbeats due to the fight or flight response can be felt as a change and sometimes benign premature ventricular contractions due to adrenaline. If frequent or if other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do people get respiratory failure?

Why do people get respiratory failure?

Many reasons: They may have underlying lung disease which is made worse by an infection or other trigger, or they may have an overwhelming other problem such as a heart attack, stroke, sepsis, major trauma or a variety of other things. Bottom line, there is a failure to oxygenate, or failure to ventilate, or both. Treatment and prognosis depends on all of the above. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Why doesn't everybody with hypercholesterolemia get heart attacks?

Why doesn't everybody with hypercholesterolemia get heart attacks?

All don't, but......: Everyone with hypercholesterolemia doesn't have a heart attack, but many do. High levels of bad cholesterol (ldl-c) in the blood are a significant risk factor for heart attacks (via plaque [blockages] in the coronary arteries). Other risk factors include high blood, pressure, smoking, and many more. Having high ldl-c contributes to risk, but is not the only factor. ...Read more

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Do many people have coronary heart disease?

Do many people have coronary heart disease?

This link: May help, http://www.Cdc.Gov/heartdisease/statistics.Htm.

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Why do people get hypertension and what is coronary artery disease ?

Why do people get hypertension and what is coronary artery disease ?

Still CAD: Coronary artery disease is when cholesterol builds up in the coronary arteries. Hypertension is simply one of the risk factors. Just like diabetes, smoking, age, gender, postmenopausal, etc.You dont need all of them to have cad. ...Read more

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Why do people get dementia?

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Why do people get dementia?

Dementia: Too wide to describe here, but u can google the word & get full description of causes of cognitive deficits. Summary is that there are either genetic such as fragile x syndrome, fixed such as brain injury, slowly progressive such as infection, a feature of other conditions such as parkinson's disease, or rapidly progressive dementias such as organ failure. ...Read more

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How young do people get or develop heart conditions?

How young do people get or develop heart conditions?

Birth: Most heart disease in young patients is what we call "congenital". This means that the heart disease was present at birth and often has a genetic origin. A heart defect present at birth may not create symptoms until later in life. ...Read more

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Why do you get breathless and tired when you have heart valve disease?

Why do you get breathless and tired when you have heart valve disease?

Lung congestion: When a heart valve is not working, blood backs up behind the left ventricle and causes pulmonary congestion and elevated pulmonary pressures. This causes the lungs to be stiffer and difficult to ventilate. In this situation, the patient experiences shortness of breath. ...Read more

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How do people think and feel with heart failure?

How do people think and feel with heart failure?

Fatigue/short breath: Due to decreased heart function and output, patients of CHF are fatigued and short of breath with slight exertion. Their thinking may be less sharp in these situations. However, at rest in patients with mild disease, they may feel and think just fine. Severe exacerbation may be associated with panic, feeling of drowning and impending doom. When worse they fade into loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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Why do some people have heart palpitations?

Why do some people have heart palpitations?

Awareness: the specific definition of palpitations is feeling your heart beat - which in general is good :-) it can range from feeling the pulse when in a quiet room - to actual abnormal beats - extra beats from a sensitive spot - to extra circuits conducting beats, or the top part of the heart going out of rhythm and beating chaotically - depends on what is going on as to the cause ...Read more