There is a common misconception that heart disease is a singular type of ailment, while the truth lies in it being much more of an umbrella term that encompasses many potential conditions.
Heart disease, or as it is sometimes referred to as, cardiovascular disease refers to any disease or condition that impacts the heart and blood vessels. So what exactly constitutes as a cardiovascular disease, or CVD?
Coronary artery disease for one, which is the narrowing of the arteries that provides vital oxygen to the heart (also known as a heart attack). There are abnormal heart rhythms, which occurs when the heart begins to beat in an irregular or abnormal way, and is also known as an arrhythmia.
Congenital heart disease is a type of defect in one or more structures of the heart or blood vessels that occurs before birth. Cardiomyopathies are diseases of the heart muscle itself. People with cardiomyopathies — sometimes called an enlarged heart — have hearts that are abnormally enlarged, thickened, or stiffened.
There is pericarditis, which is inflammation of the lining that surrounds the heart. It is a rare condition often caused by an infection. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis, or a narrowing of the arteries.
While I could most certainly keep going with this list, I think it is clear now that what constitutes as heart disease, varies, both in impact and in severity. However, like disease, the more you know about it, the more effective you can be in combating it.
Heart disease is to a large degree genetic, and due to this fact, a lot of the factors that can contribute to the likelihood of contracting are out of a person’s control. Even though, being informed can help you mitigate the risks as you progress through life, knowing that there are certain health concerns that you might be predisposed to.
On the opposite end, there are a lot of contributing factors that are completely in your control, and that can most definitely cause, or severely increase the chances of you suffering from heart disease.
Bearing in mind the varied nature of the disease, we have taken the time to sift through the facts and provide your with 10 of the most common causes of heart disease. We do this in hopes of not trying to change the unchangeable, but by educating and hopefully making you aware of any potential risks before they become much, much more serious.
It can be said that nobody has ever died from a broken heart, however, whoever coined that phrase was certainly not familiar with idea of heart disease.
So without further ado, allow us to present to you the 10 most common causes of heart disease.
Throughout our entire lives, we are faced with the opportunity to make choices. These choices will vary, with some being important, like what house to buy, and some less important, like do I order Chinese or pizza? However, regardless of their importance, the fact remains that these decisions will, although in varying degrees, impact your life; whether in the immediate future or accumulatively, down the line.
And then there are certain things that we don’t have any say in at all, that arguably have a much more significant impact on our lives, and by this I mean your DNA.
If somebody in your immediate or even extended family has suffered from heart disease, then there is a very good chance that you are at an increased risk of contracting it. If a family member has struggled with a heart disease condition, it is best to let your doctor know. Your family physician can ensure to ask all the right questions, and inquire about potential tests during annual visits. As with any other illness, early detection is key to ensuring no further complications occur, down the road.