Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Coronary Heart Disease Symptoms Signs

If you're like me, you might be aware that many people suffer from a few symptoms of coronary heart disease but do not notice them. Why is this? Because the real array of symptoms don't come until 70% or more of your artery is blocked.

This is a problem because it means when you notice the symptoms of coronary heart disease you are already in the later stages of the condition.

What causes coronary heart disease (CHD)?

Atherosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries) is the cause of the vein and artery heart blockage which leads to CHD. This occurs when fat, cholesterol and other materials gather on the walls of our arteries and restrict blood flow.

Due to this restriction, oxygenated blood finds it harder to get to the heart and this reduction eventually leads to CHD and its symptoms. A lack of oxygen travelling to the heart due to atherosclerosis is actually called "cardiac ischemia."

The symptoms of CHD aren't always the same and may vary. But there are some common points:

Angina - this is chest pains that come about when you exercise but alleviate when you rest or take a break. Most people feel the pain over their breast bone but it is non-specific so it could be anywhere.

Shortness of breath - this needs no explanation.

Irregular heartbeat - also called "cardiac arrhythmia. This might occur every so often.
Severe sweating - this needs no explanation.

You may also suffer from nausea, fatigue, weakness or breast pain if you are a woman. These are symptoms easily ignored until they come in groups.

If this happens you should definitely get it checked out by your physician.

Ways to defend yourself are exercising, eating less junk food and not smoking.

You could even invest in an omega 3 fish oil supplement which have been proven by scientific research to engender heart health.

You should definitely do these things if you experience any of the symptoms of coronary heart disease.

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