Heart disease refers to a range of conditions that affect the heart, including coronary artery disease, arrhythmias and congenital heart defects.
What is heart disease?
Heart disease refers to a range of conditions that affect the heart, including coronary artery disease, arrhythmias and congenital heart defects. Cardiovascular disease is synonymous with heart disease, and it refers to conditions that involve blocked or narrowed blood vessels that lead to chest pains, stroke or a heart attack. Other heart conditions can affect your heart’s rhythm, muscle or valves. With healthy lifestyle choices, many heart diseases can be treated or prevented.
What are the causes?
Heart diseases are caused by congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, drug abuse, stress, certain over-the-counter medications and cardiomyopathy (an enlarging or thickening of the heart muscle). Bacteria, viruses and parasites can all cause a heart infection and lead to a more serious disease.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of heart disease depend on the type that you have. Additionally, symptoms may be different for men and women, as women are more likely to develop other symptoms along with chest pains, including extreme fatigue, shortness of breath and nausea. Regardless of the type of disease you have, the most common symptoms include:
- Chest pains (tightness, pressure and discomfort)
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in the lower part of the body (legs, ankles, feet)
- Dizziness or fainting
Get weight loss treatments in British Columbia
Given the relationship between heart disease and diabetes & high blood pressure, it is important to eat healthy and get plenty of exercise. Many of our lifestyle choices have a huge impact on our health. In order to prevent and limit the damage of cardiovascular disease, we provide weight loss advice and treatments to our patients. MediMax Obesity Institute provides weight loss medication, non-invasive fat reduction, meal planning services and more. To improve your heart health and increase your life expectancy, request a consultation at one of our four locations in British Columbia. We are located in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Langley. Request a consultation online or give us a call at (604) 217-1827.
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