The Signs & Types of Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease is a group of diseases all associated with the heart and circulation and are among the most dangerous medical situations the body can encounter.
Together they are the biggest killer throughout most of the world. Cardiovascular disease includes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, angina, stroke and arteriosclerosis, these are all in the Cardiovascular Disease group.
Who is susceptible to Cardiovascular disease?
Contrary to popular belief Cardiovascular disease is not limited to people over the age of 65 and it’s not just applicable to men. In fact post menopausal women are in as much danger of suffering from high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack. A family history of heart disease also increases our risk of contracting the disease
What is Coronary Heart Disease?
Coronary heart disease is caused by the narrowing of the arteries. Cholesterol and fat deposits line the walls of the arteries, this is called arteriosclerosis and it occurs gradually over a person’s lifetime. When these deposits begin to close the artery by over 50% is when it becomes dangerous.
The heart is a muscle and just like all muscles needs oxygen. So, when the blood flow is inhibited by blocked arteries, it also limits the supply of oxygen to the heart, in turn this can cause chest pain, which is referred to as Angina
The risks of Coronary heart disease – Cardiovascular disease
Clogged arteries pose a great risk to the heart. The more buildup there is in the arterial walls then the more likely it is that the artery will become completely blocked. If an artery is highly clogged, an incidental blood clot could fill the remainder of the artery and this can cause a heart attack.
Some of the factors which contribute to heart disease are behavioral and can be altered while others are genetic and unfortunately cannot be changed.
Age, sex and ancestry all play a part in coronary heart disease as does smoking cigarettes, being overweight and having a sedentary lifestyle. The more risk factors a person has, the more likely they are to have coronary heart disease and eventually to suffer a heart attack or stroke.
The causes of Cardiovascular Disease
Various things can increase the risk of Cardiovascular Disease, these are called risk factors and they are:
- High blood pressure
- High blood Cholesterol levels
- Smoking cigarettes
- Physical inactivity
- Overweight and unfit
- Family history of Heart Disease
The risk of developing cardiovascular disease also increases as you get older.
For some reason and unexplained certain ethnic groups that can have a different level of risk. South Asian’s for example living in the UK have a higher risk than the rest of the UK.
Obviously the more risk factors then the greater is your chance of developing Cardiovascular disease.
So how can you lower your risk factor for Cardiovascular Disease?
Making some simple changes to your lifestyle can have a major effect on reducing your risk of Cardiovascular disease.
- Stop smoking
- Controll high blood pressure
- Reduce blood cholesterol levels
- Get fit and keep active
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Control your blood glucose if you have diabetes
A healthy balanced diet is essential together with drinking a moderate amount of alcohol will also help to keep a healthy heart.
EDTA Chelation Therapy and Cardiovascular Disease
Chelation therapy helps to reverse the effects of plaque build up in arteries relieving the signs of cardiovascular disease, it can be administered by IV drip, suppository, pill or a liquid that is taken orally.