is Heart Disease?
Heart disease is one of several
cardiovascular diseases, which are diseases of the heart and blood vessel
system. The main form of heart disease is coronary heart disease, which is a
disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to heart attack. A
heart attack happens when an artery becomes blocked, preventing oxygen and
nutrients from getting to the heart.
What are the Signs and
Warning signs of heart disease include:
in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach;
or heartburn; and
- nausea or
some cases, no noticeable warning signs will be present.
What are the Risk Factors?
disease is primarily a disease of lifestyle and can be prevented by modifying
behaviors. These behaviors are known as risk factors. You cannot change certain
risk factors, such as age, race, gender or family history. However, you can
change the following:
- tobacco use;
- physical inactivity;
- unhealthy diet;
- high blood pressure; and
- high blood cholesterol.
more information and tools on heart disease, its associated risk factors and
how to control your risk, visit the following:
Definition from the National Heart,
Lung, and Blood Institute