Coronary Heart Disease Overview

Medically known as coronary heart disease it is associated with the development of plaque in the artery walls that constrict and narrow them preventing the free flow of blood. In other words the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle become hardened and narrowed due to a build up of plaque in the inner walls. As the plaque continues to build up in the arteries blood flow to the heart is severely reduced. Known outcomes of this scenario is a heart attack.

When the artery walls become completely blocked by plaque they prevent vital oxygen and nutrients from reaching the heart. A heart attack occurs and has the potential to cause permanent heart damage to the heart muscle. Heart condition is one amongst a list of a variety of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular diseases include stroke, high blood pressure, and rheumatic heart condition and they relate to the diseases of the heart and blood vessel system. A rampart myth amongst many people both men and women is that heart condition can be cured using surgery. In reality, heart condition is a lifetime disorder once it one gets it one will always have it. Surgical procedures such as bypass and angioplasty can help blood and oxygen flow to the heart more easily. This does not take away the damaged arteries which leaves the danger of heart attack lingering for life.

Daily habits will have to change. Drastic lifestyle modifications will need to follow a heart condition because the condition of blood vessels will steadily deteriorate if the old lifestyle of diet and indulgences is maintained. Controlling the disease becomes therefor extremely important. The risk factors of heart condition will include tobacco use such as cigarette smoking, being over weight or obese, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle and diabetes. Credible studies who that those who die from heart condition have at least one of these major risk factors. This number represents 95 percent of those who die from heart condition.

In particular for women, age can be added as a risk factor once a woman reaches 55 years of age. Going through menopause increases this risk by two. This menopause can be natural or done via medical procedure. This age factor is also as a result of the understanding that it is at this middle age of 55 that other important risk factors such as high blood pressure also develop in women. Amongst risk factors that cannot be controlled is family history. People with a father or brother who had a heart attack at 55 or a mother or sister who had one before the age of 65 are most likely to get heart condition them self. The approach then is to control as many risk factors as can be controlled to minimize the actual development risk of heart condition.