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Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. Almost 700,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. each year. It is also a major cause of disability.

There are many different forms of heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself.

Heart disease is a term that includes several more specific heart conditions. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack.

There are many different forms of heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery disease and happens slowly over time. It's the major reason people have heart attacks.

Other kinds of heart problems may happen to the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. Some of these risk factors a person can't do anything about, like being older and having other people in the family who have had the same problems.

Some people are born with heart disease. Heart disease is not contagious the can't catch it like you can the flu or a cold. Some of these risk factors a person can't do anything about, like being older and having other people in the family who have had the same problems. But people do have control over some risk factors - smoking, having high blood pressure, being overweight, and not exercising can increase the risk of getting cardiovascular disease.

Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease in women. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death in New York State, killing more than 70,000 residents each year. Many of these survivors are disabled and cannot lead productive lives. They also are at high risk for additional events.

High blood pressure-High blood pressure increases the heart's workload, causing the heart to thicken and become stiffer. It also increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and congestive heart failure.

Heart disease, also called cardiovascular disease, mainly affects older people and means that there are problems with the heart and blood vessels. Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure, cause heart failure and lead to stroke.

About 20%-30% of women who have had an episode of preeclampsia will develop the disorder in a subsequent pregnancy, which makes this history at least as significant a risk factor for future preeclampsia as chronic hypertension, renal disease, and pregestational diabetes.

The earlier in the first gestation preeclampsia developed, the higher the risk of recurrence in the next: the condition returned in more than half of women who had their first episode before week 27, compared with a 40% recurrence when the index episode was between week 27 and 30, and 20% at week 37 or after.

Cholesterol-lowering medicines lower the risk of heart attacks in men. Taking an aspirin every day may lower your risk of problems if you have coronary artery disease, a heart attack or angina.


Heart Disease Treatment Tips

1. Angioplasty-This opens a blocked vessel by using a balloon-like device at an artery's narrowest point.

2. Atherectomy-This involves cutting the plaque out of an artery, so blood can flow freely.

3. Bypass surgery-This involves taking part of an artery or vein from another part of the body.

4. Pacemakers - A pacemaker is a small electronic device that's put inside the body to regulate the heartbeat.

5. Valve replacement. If a heart valve is damaged or isn't working, a surgeon can replace it.

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