Heart disease

What is Heart disease?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels.

The underlying mechanisms varies depending on the disease in question. IHD, stroke, and PAD involve atherosclerosis. This may be caused by high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, lack of exercise, obesity, high blood cholesterol, poor diet, and excessive alcohol, among others. High blood pressure results in 13% of CVD deaths, while tobacco results in 9%, diabetes 6%, lack of exercise 6% and obesity 5%. Others such as RHD may follow untreated ''streptococcal'' infections of the throat.

It is estimated that 90% of CVD is preventable. Treating high blood pressure and diabetes is also beneficial. Treating people who have strep throat with antibiotics can decrease the risk of RHD.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally. This is true in all areas of the world except Africa. Together they resulted in 17.3 million deaths (31.5%) in 2013 up from 12.3 million (25.8%) in 1990. Most cardiovascular disease affects older adults. In the United States 11% of people between 20 and 40 have CVD, while 37% between 40 and 60, 71% of people between 60 and 80, and 85% of people over 80 have CVD. Disease onset is typically seven to ten years earlier in men as compared to women.

Questions and answers on "Heart disease"

What is heart disease ? Can you have heart disease and there be no overt symptoms? What is heart disease ?

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My mom just got back from the hospital and she has heart disease . Im so worried. i don t know what to do. and I am not fully aware of what heart disease is.. and how can i help my mom to get through this? any tips ? Please help thanks..

doctor1 MD

Thanks for the query

PLease take her to a good cardiologist.
Sonce u dont know or have not mentioned the nature of the heart disease or her symptoms i cannot help u more

Have a healthy living

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hi there, my family friends father just passed away and me and my mum were talking and basically she told me that im highly at risk from heart problems because: 1. my dad s dad has heart problems...but hes alive today and takes aspirin every day 2. my mum s dad had heart problems because he smoked + never visited the doctor despite me being on 15(male), im worried about the high risk of heart disease because of the two people in my family that already have it...how much at risk am i really ? or am i worrying too much... and also could any of you give me advice on what i should do( diet wise/exercise or whatever) to lower my chance of having heart problems when im older thank you so much in advance

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How does exercise help to prevent heart disease?, please help...i will love you forever! How does exercise help to prevent heart disease?, please help...i will love you forever

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I am presently taking Crestor with no problems and it has gotten very expense the pharmacy suggesed that I ask my doctor to try to take lovastatin instead since it is more affordable Is there much diference I have a history in my family of heart disease and I have high cholosterel Crestor has helped control it quite well I also have a history of thyroid trouble and take Synthroid

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Hello,
Both lovastatin and Rosuvastatin i.e Crestor belong to same class of medicine for cholesterol control i.e Statins.Rosuvastatin is latest and very potent in controlling cholesterol levels and have some additional benefits over Lovastatin.So i will not suggest you to change it to...

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hello, i am concerned because a few months ago i requested a heart test the ekg because my father has a history of heart disease and now has a pacemaker in place. well my ekg was normal but i am still having some pains around my heart region especially when my children need to be scolded i feel it. is this just stress or should i ask for further testing

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my grand father had breathing difficult and was rushed to emergency. the ECG said some abnormality, the blood tests for heart disease was not conclusive.echocardigraphy was performed and was told he is su

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can a blood test determin if you have a heart disease? can a blood test determin if you have a heart disease?

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Do you have any ideas on how to prevent heart disease , from what to eat, to exercise, or anything else?

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i have heart disease . my chlestrol is very high. i need to watch my sodium intake and lower my chlestroll i ne is low sodium. and a diet to lower chlestrol the same in diets if you have suggestions in foods and menues please help me

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Recent questions on  Heart disease

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Recently I have been experiencing a "racing heart" ulse rate upwards to 111, and general tiredness. Is this something to be concerned about since heart disease runs in my family, including a sibling that died from a heat attack at age 57. My age is 56

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hi
i have high heart rate always above 90 to 100 and also
some times fluttering in chest.
currently suffering from sore throat dry cough
is it sign of heart disease?
i have fever few days back and also has developed some rashes
on my skin throught out my body

doctor1 MD

Hi,
My upper left body feels numb. It goes all the way from the heart/cheast area out to my finger tips. Almost feels like it's asleep. It does not hurt. I have heart diseases in my family but I am only 28 years old. What could it be? Just worried that it's something with my heart. Have had it for about 20 hours ny now.

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I recently had an EKG with normal results (2 weeks ago). Was told I had chest wall syndrome. The last couple of days, the pain has been worse, feeling like a sore chest muscle. I just took blood pressure at Publix with a reading of 134 over 82- the worst I've ever had. I am 40 and work out regularly.

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Hii, I am 27+ year male, about 4 months ago I had very mild chest pain which was sometimes on the right and sometimes on the left. From that time I started researching on the reasons of chest pain on google one night while again reading about...

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