Relating to the circulatory system, which comprises the heart and blood vessels and carries nutrients and oxygen to the tissues of the body and removes carbon dioxide and other wastes from them. Cardiovascular diseases are conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels and include arteriosclerosis, coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, arrhythmia, heart failure, hypertension, orthostatic hypotension, shock, endocarditis, diseases of the aorta and its branches, disorders of the peripheral vascular system, and congenital heart disease.
Heart Disease: Causes of a Heart Attack
What Is Heart Disease?
Heart disease refers to conditions that involve the heart, its vessels, muscles, valves, or internal electric pathways responsible for muscular contraction. Common heart disease conditions include:
Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- Heart valve disease
Coronary artery disease is the main cause of heart attacks. It is the most common kind of heart disease in the U.S.
What Is a Heart Attack?
When a coronary artery becomes blocked (usually by a blood clot), an area of heart tissue loses its blood supply. This reduction of blood can quickly damage and/or kill heart tissue, so quick treatments in an emergency department and/or catheterization suite are necessary to reduce the loss of heart tissue. Loss of heart tissue due to a blockage can cause symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, and even death. Quick treatments have reduced the number of deaths from heart attacks in recent years. About 790,000 people suffer from heart attacks in the U.S. each year.
Heart Attack Symptoms
The following are warning signs of a heart attack:
- Chest pain (may spread to the back, neck, arms and/or jaw)
- Nausea, vomiting
- Rapid or irregular heartbeats
- Shortness of breath
- Some people may exhibit anxiety, indigestion and/or heartburn (some women may present with these as their predominant symptoms instead of chest pain)
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
Women may experience different heart attack signs and symptoms than men. Jaw pain, shortness of breath, and nausea and vomiting may be more common in women who have heart attacks than men.
Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
Although some women present with symptoms of chest pain, a large number of women will not present with chest pain. Instead, women commonly have a different set of heart attack symptoms.
Know These Heart Attack Symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
Such symptoms in women cause delays in diagnosis if the symptoms are not considered as possible signs of heart disease. Delays in diagnosis can cause further damage to heart tissue or even death. Women should exercise, quit smoking, start exercising, and see their doctors for regular check-ups to monitor heart disease risk factors.
Who Is at Risk for Heart Disease?
Health conditions, lifestyle, age, and family history may increase your risk for heart disease. Although men, even at a younger age, have a higher risk for heart disease than women, heart disease is still the number one killer of both sexes (about 611,000 total deaths/year). Approximately 735,000 people in the U.S. suffer a heart attack every year. People with a family history of heart disease, who smoke, and who are obese have a higher risk of developing heart disease. About half of all Americans (47%) have at least one of three key risk factor for heart disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoking. Approximately 80 million people in the U.S. have some form of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in men and women in the U.S.
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