What are the causes of heart diseases?
Writer: Prof. Dr. Yavuz Besogul
Heart disease describes a set of conditions that affect your heart. Diseases under the name heart disease include blood vessel diseases such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) and congenital heart defects.
The term “heart disease” is often used interchangeably with the term “cardiovascular disease.” Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions involving narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to heart attack, chest pain (angina), or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart's muscle, valves, or rhythm, are also considered forms of heart disease.
Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices.
What are the symptoms of heart diseases?
Symptoms of heart disease may be different for men and women. For example, men are more likely to have chest pain; Women are more likely to have symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea and extreme fatigue.
The most common symptoms are;
Shortness of breath
Pain, numbness or coldness in the legs or arms,
Pain in the jaw, throat and neck area.
In some cases, sudden heart attack, angina, stroke or heart failure may occur without any symptoms.
When Should I See a Doctor?
Heart diseases are easier to treat when diagnosed early, so you should definitely share your concerns about your heart health with your doctor. You should have your heart checked regularly, especially if you have a family history of heart disease.