Heart disease is a potentially life threatening condition. But, most people know very little about it. Their knowledge is limited to heart attacks. There are actually several forms of heart disease. Knowing the different forms of heart disease can help you ensure proper health. In this article, we explain common heart diseases.

Hypertension Heart Disease
Hypertension is simply high blood pressure. High blood pressure can come from an unknown origin. High blood pressure can also be caused by secondary hypertension. Secondary hypertension is can be caused by things like infection, tumor in the adrenal glands, damage to the kidneys or blood vessels, disease in kidneys or blood vessels, etc. High blood pressure puts extra stress on your body. Specifically, high blood pressure causes stress on your heart and blood vessels.

Ischemic Heart Disease
Ischemic Heart Disease is made up of several heart ailments. These heart ailments cause a narrowing of the coronary artery. This narrowing causes problems within your body’s systems. This includes your heart. This decreased blood supply to your heart causes many heart problems.

Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular Disease is also caused by problems with blood supply. Reduced blood supply affects more than just your heart. It also affects your brain. This impeded blood supply can lead to a stroke. Strokes can cause problems with speech, loss of control of part of the body, etc. These affects can be permanent.

Inflammatory Heart Disease
Inflammatory Hearth Disease is when you are experiencing an inflammation of your heart muscle. It also can be an inflammation of the sac around your heart, or the heart’s inner lining. There are several potential sources of Inflammatory Heart Disease. It can be caused by toxic substances, infections; in some cases the specific origins have remained unknown.

Rheumatic Heart Disease
Rheumatic Heart Disease is caused by rheumatic fever. During a bout of rheumatic fever, the heart can become damaged. Heart valves are particularly susceptible to being affected. This is due to the heart’s valves becoming scarred, weakening of the heart, or damage to the heart’s sac by rheumatic fever. Scarring of the heart’s valves prevents them from opening and closing properly. Rheumatic fever is usually seen in childhood. It also can occur after a streptococcal infection.

Each of these common heart diseases is made up of specific conditions. We have provided an overview of the different categories of heart disease. But, learning about these common heart diseases is a great start to learning about and preventing heart disease. Your education and prevention should continue by a visit to a primary care physician. If he/she finds that you may have heart problems then they can refer you to a qualified cardiologist. Heartcare PC is also available to help you. We specialize in both primary care and cardiology. If you have any concerns that you might be experiencing heart problems or have a heart condition then call us at (914) 237-4720. We also have multiple locations to serve you. You can schedule an appointment at any of these locations; Westchester County, New York 955 Yonkers Ave. Suite #103 Yonkers, NY 10704, Bergen County, New Jersey. We thank you for learning more about common heart disease and hope to serve you in the near future.

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