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Heart disease ????

How do you know if you have it? What are symptoms you prevent it by eating healthy?


Asked by emturner at 6:01 PM on Nov. 5, 2008 in Health

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  • Heart disease is a general term covering a wide range of illnesses with coronary implications including coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation and heart valve disease. Because it covers such a range of disease, it is difficult to list all of the possible symptoms here, which include (but aren't limited to) palpitations, shortness of breath, pressure in the chest area, dizziness, syncope, fatigue, disorientation, and more.
    Eating healthy certainly helps, but cannot, along, prevent all heart disease, particularly if there is a genetic predisposition involved. For example, my mother has always ate right, exercised, and in general taken very good care of herself; 4 years ago, she had to have a quintuple bypass because high cholesterol runs in her family.

    Answer by jespeach at 6:08 PM on Nov. 5, 2008

  • There are usually no symptoms. Get a checkup . . . blood pressure, cholesterol levels (both the good and bad), blood work, etc. You can have a genetic predisposition. Eating healthy may help but you should also exercise and may require medication if it's bad. There's no one thing necessarily.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:04 PM on Nov. 5, 2008

  • If you have any cardio-vascular symptoms like those I mentioned, or if you have a history of heart disease in your family (even something as seemingly benign as high blood pressure), then you should get an appointment with your doctor to get checked out. Remember that symptoms are different for women than they are for men. My mom's only real symptom was mild dizziness and difficulty breathing one day. It is important to know your body, to know what is normal for you, and what isn't. If you are having symptoms, they will likely do a stress test, which is a fairly accurate indicator of a cardiac problem. In the meantime, exercise is important...but so is good dental hygiene, eating well, and getting enough rest.

    Answer by jespeach at 6:12 PM on Nov. 5, 2008

  • There are some natural supplements you can take to keep your heart healthy. I know a lot of people are using them because they help the high cholesterol, high blood pressure and keep the heart healthy in general. If you are interested please let me know.

    Answer by SaferAtHome at 8:11 PM on Nov. 5, 2008