Heart Disease

Heart Disease, also called Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), refers to any condition of the heart or its major blood vessels. There are literally hundreds of possible heart disorders. One of the best known major types is Coronary Heart Disease is a particular type of heart disease, related to conditions such as ...

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Introduction: Heart Disease

The term "heart disease" refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease, which affects the blood flow to the heart. Decreased blood flow can cause a ...1

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Symptoms of Heart Disease

Common signals that something"s wrong with your heart include angina—pain in the chest, shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back—as well as shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat or palpitations (arrhythmia) and fatigue. Be aware that the symptoms of ...2

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Causes of Heart Disease

Some of these disorders are the result of the over production of blood vessel cells, while others occur from vascular malformations. Still others result from inflammation of the blood vessels or the build up of a fatty substance called plaque ...3

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Causes List for Heart Disease

Some possible causes of Heart Disease or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease includes a range of different conditions:

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Diagnosis of Heart Disease

How do doctors diagnose heart disease in diabetes? Doctors diagnose heart disease in diabetes based on

  • your symptoms
  • your medical and family history
  • how likely you are to have heart disease
  • a physical exam
  • results from tests and procedures

Tests ...5

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Genetics of Heart Disease

Family History—Family history plays a role in CHD risk. Your risk increases if your father or a brother was diagnosed with CHD before 55 years of age, or if your mother or a sister was diagnosed with CHD before ...6

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Risk Factors for Heart Disease

The leading modifiable (controllable) risk factors for heart disease and stroke are:

Over time, these risk factors cause changes in the heart and blood ...7

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Misdiagnosis: Heart Disease

There are various types of heart disease that can have a problematic diagnosis. Some types of heart disease related risk factors, such as high cholesterol and atherosclerosis, can have no early symptoms and remain undetected. Even a heart attack can ...

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Treatments: Heart Disease

Your doctor is not the only health care provider that can help you follow the ABCS. Nurses, pharmacists, community health workers, health coaches, and other providers can work with you and your doctor to help you achieve your health goals ...8

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Prevention of Heart Disease

Following a healthy lifestyle and taking steps to lower your risk for heart disease may help you prevent atrial fibrillation (AF). These steps include:

  • Following a heart healthy diet that's low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. A healthy diet ...
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Research for Heart Disease

The AIHW undertakes national surveillance and monitoring of a number of prominent chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, along with their comorbidities and associated risk factors. The AIHW seeks to enhance the evidence on the impact of chronic conditions including CVD ...9

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Names and Terminology

Synonyms: Abnormality of the heart ; Cardiac abnormality ; Cardiac anomalies ...Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH)10 ...

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  1. Source: CDC: cdc.gov/ heartdisease/ about.htm
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ feb2012/ feature1
  3. Source: NCBI, Genes and Disease (NCBI/NIH): ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ books/ NBK22227/ 
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ diabetes/ overview/ preventing-problems/ heart-disease-stroke
  6. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ winter14/ articles/ winter14pg26-27.html
  7. Source: Healthy People (DHHS): healthypeople.gov/ 2020/ topics-objectives/ topic/ heart-disease-and-stroke
  8. Source: CDC DHDSP: cdc.gov/ dhdsp/ data_statistics/ fact_sheets/ fs_aa.htm
  9. Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: aihw.gov.au/ reports-statistics/ health-conditions-disability-deaths/ heart-stroke-vascular-diseases/ about
  10. Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH): ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ gtr/ conditions/ CN001482/ 

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