Heart Disease

Description:
Heart disease is a blanket term that covers: angina pectoris (chest pain), stroke, coronary artery disease, and heart attack to name a few. These conditions are highly prevalent among obese people; usually contributed to high levels of blood fat and cholesterol.

Symptoms of Stroke:

  • Weakness
  • Numbness or tingling in leg, arm, or face
  • Impaired balance, vision, or swallowing

Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease:

  • Blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Loss of coordination or dizziness
  • Slurring of speech
  • Weakness or numbness of arm, leg or face on one side of the body
  • Note: Coronary artery disease often exists with no notable symptoms

Symptoms of Heart Attack:

  • Arm pain
  • Chest pain
  • General malaise
  • Heartburn and / or indigestion
  • Jaw Pain, toothache, or headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Note: Approximately one out of four heart attacks occur without symptoms of any kind.

Treatment:
Treatment for most conditions generally referred to as heart disease can vary from surgery, to transplants, to medication, to installation of mechanical/electrical components such as pacemakers. The medical community encourages a focus on prevention as opposed to treatment as in most cases the above conditions cause significant damage to the organs once they exist. Choosing healthy lifestyles is the primary means of prevention. Healthy lifestyles consist of: proper diet, body weight management, and exercise; as well as controlling contributing factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol.

Medical Risks:

  • Death