What Is Heart Disease?
Heart disease is a range of conditions that can affect the heart. These include blood vessel diseases, heart rhythm problems and heart defects.
There are many conditions doctors put under the term heart disease, so there is a wide range of symptoms. Some of the most common are chest pain, shortness of breath and pain in your arms and legs.
What Causes Heart Disease?
Since there are many different conditions under the term heart disease, there are many different causes. The most common are genetics and lifestyle.
How Is The Disorder Inherited?
Chromosome 9 is what determines if a person has a high chance of heart disease.
How Is Heart Disease Treated?
There are many different treatments, the most common are lifestyle changes, medications, surgery, stents and pacemakers.
How Is The Disorder Diagnosed?
A person's doctor may ask about family history and lifestyle among other factors to see if a person has a high chance of getting heart disease. Blood tests, ECG's and x-rays are used too.
How Common Is Heart Disease?
About 610,000 die because of heart disease per year.
What Did We Learn?
We learned that heart disease kills many people a year and that it doesn't have to be just genetics, your lifestyle can play a role in developing heart disease.