What is a cardiovascular disease?
Cardiovascular disease includes all the diseases that affect the heart and its blood vessels.
What are the types of cardiovascular diseases?
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Heart valve disease
- Congenital heart disease
Coronary heart disease
Coronary heart disease is the most common form of heart disease. This happens when the blood vessels to the heart become narrow and the blood supply to the heart becomes limited due to the buildup of cholesterol and other fatty substances on the walls of the vessels. The symptoms of a coronary heart disease could include pain or tightness of the chest.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to an area of the brain is cut off. This deprives the brain of oxygen and nutrients that is vital for the brain to function properly. The signs of stroke differ from person to person but the main symptoms of stroke can be remembered by the word F.A.S.T
Face- The person’s face may have dropped to one side and he might not be able to give proper facial expressions
Arms- The person will not be able to lift or move both arms because of numbness
Speech- The person will experience difficulty in his speech
Time- It is time to call a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms