Heart Disease And Coronary Artery Disease

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Heart Disease is a common term we hear a lot in today’s society. Is it because more people are having heart trouble? Is it the way they are eating? Or simply is just because it is apart of the American lifestyle? Heart Disease is a term that was shortened from Cardiovascular Disease. Cardiovascular Disease or “Heart Disease” is known as a “range of conditions that affect your heart. Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, which are classified as coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias), and heart defects (congenital heart defects)” (“Mayo Clinic,” 2014). In other words, all of these factors/conditions are involving narrow or blocked blood vessels that can lead to anginas or even chest pain…show more content…
This is a disease that is caused by the narrowing of arteries. These blood vessels are the vessels that supply oxygen and blood to our hearts. This disease is usually caused by atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis “is the buildup of plaque inside the coronary arteries. These plaques are made up of fatty deposits and fibrous tissue” (“Coronary artery disease,” 2013). When your coronary arteries start to narrow it decreases the blood supply to the heart muscle, which will trigger a certain kind of pain that we call an angina. Another problem that Atherosclerosis can cause is blood clot, which will cause someone to have a heart attack, know as a Myocardial Infarction. Some risk factors this particular disease can cause is Diabetes, Obesity, lack of proper daily exercise, Hypertension, smoking, high blood pressure, and having high levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and low levels of HDL (good cholesterol). All of these things can impact a person’s heart. In an article I found it says, “CAD (Coronary Artery Disease) is the most common chronic, life-threatening illness in most of the world’s developed nations” (“Coronary artery disease,”…show more content…
Community Health services that have to be devoted to a largely preventable health issue like heart disease reduce services available for other needs, and place more of a burden on the community as a whole. This burden comes both in the actual cost to treat patients and in the lost potential of patients who cannot participate in work and family life because of heart disease. National campaigns to prevent tobacco have them to eat a healthy diet, and have regular medical check ups all have the benefit of improving heart
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