Heart disease is the leading cause of death nationwide, and many people underestimate its severity until it is too late. If neglected, cardiovascular disease can lead to a range of chronic medical complications or permanent disabilities. Learn more about some common conditions which result from heart disease:
- Coronary Heart Disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD), often referred to as coronary heart disease, occurs when plaque builds up along the arterial walls. This plaque is most often a byproduct of a poor diet consisting of foods that are high in trans and saturated fats and cholesterol. As plaque collects, it will cause blood clots to form, eventually constricting or completely stopping blood flow and resulting in heart attack or heart failure.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein within the body—usually in the legs. Pain, swelling, and distended veins are the common symptoms of DVT , though less than one-third of patients actually exhibit these signs, according to the AAOS. Early detection and treatment of DVT is crucial, as it presents a higher risk of pulmonary embolism—a condition in which a blood clot travels through the veins to block arteries in the lungs.
- Cerebrovascular Disease
Stroke is one of the most common types of cerebrovascular disease and is the leading cause of disability in adults nationwide. A stroke can occur due to either a lack of circulation in the brain (ischemic) or because of a burst vessel and bleeding out into the brain (hemorrhagic). A stroke can irreparably damage brain cells within minutes.
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