What is Heart Disease?

Heart or Cardiovascular Disease.

images.jpg - heart disease Heart disease (also called as cardiovascular disease) is a class of disease that involves the heart or blood vessels (arteries, capillaries and veins).

Cardiovascular disease refers to any disease that affects the cardiovascular system, principally cardiac disease, vascular diseases of the brain and kidney, and peripheral arterial disease.

The causes of cardiovascular disease are diverse but atherosclerosis and/or hypertension are the most common.

Additionally, with aging come a number of physiological and morphological changes that alter cardiovascular function and lead to subsequently increased risk of cardiovascular disease, even in healthy asymptomatic individuals.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of deaths worldwide, though since the 1970s, cardiovascular mortality rates have declined in many high-income countries.

At the same time, cardiovascular deaths and disease have increased at a fast rate in low- and middle-income countries. Although cardiovascular disease usually affects older adults, the antecedents of cardiovascular disease, notably atherosclerosis, begin in early life, making primary prevention efforts necessary from childhood. There is therefore increased emphasis on preventing atherosclerosis by modifying risk factors, such as healthy eating, exercise, and avoidance of smoking.

Some people are not much concerned about heart disease because they think it can be cured with surgery. This is a myth. Heart disease is a lifelong condition. Once you get it, you’ll always have it. It is true that procedures such as angioplasty and bypass surgery can help blood and oxygen flow more easily to the heart. But the arteries remain damaged, which means you are still likely to have heart attack.

What’s more, the condition of your blood vessels will steadily worsen unless you make changes in your daily habits and control your risk factors. Many people die of complications of from heart disease, or become permanently disabled. That’s why it is so vital to take action to prevent this disease.

See the video about heart disease

Healthy heart

1    Arteries are Clean

2    Blood Pressure is normal

3   No fatigue

4   Cholesterol levels are normal

depending upon the severity of condition.

5   No symptoms of heart disease.

Diseased Heart

1    Arteries are narrowed with arterial plaque (Atherosclerosis).

2    Blood pressure is increased.

3    Fatigue is observed.

4   Cholesterol levels may be altered depending upon the severity of condition.

5    Symptoms of heart disease are observed.

Just think for a while. Why such a drastic change has taken place?

We know the requirements for a healthy heart.

The heart is healthy because

6    Body is getting sufficient  oxygen. In diseased state

7   Person is getting good sleep. Sleep may be disturbed due to stress

8           Good lifestyle

9            Tissues  are receiving all the nutrients

10          No nutrient deficiency        Nutrient deficiency due to eating unhealthy

food rich in sugars.

The heart may be unhealthy because —

6   Body tissues may not getting sufficient oxygen due to some reason.

7  Sleep may be disturbed due to stress.

8   Habits like smoking, drinking might be interfering.

9   Tissues might not be getting all nutrients in adequate amount.

10  Nutrient deficiency due to eating unhealthy food rich in sugars.

Go through the above list, see what could be the reason behind your heart disease.

Ample supply of oxygen and other nutrients and eating an alkaline diet is the key to a healthy heart.


1) Mayoclinic “Heart Disease” accessed on 1st May, 2013, www.mayoclinic.com;

2) Wikipedia “Cardiovascular disease” accessed on 1st May, 2013, www.wikipedia.com

Next ……….. Let’s now learn about the “Types Of Heart Disease”…





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