Coronary Heart Disease
Coronary heart disease includes conditions such as angina, arrhythmia, heart attack and congestive heart failure. When the blood supply to the heart becomes compromised a person is at a higher risk of heart attack and death. When a person has congestive heart failure their heart is unable to pump sufficient blood around the body. Heart disease also includes arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis.
The most commonly seen symptom of coronary heart disease is angina pain. Angina can be described as a discomfort, heaviness, a pressure, an aching, a burning sensation, fullness, a squeezing or painful feeling. The pain is more severe if you are having a heart attack. The pain may radiate to the shoulder, jaw or down the arm. If you congestive heart failure, you may experience short of breath, you may sweat more and your heart may beat faster. You may be fatigued, stressed and have cold hands and feet or fluid retention.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol which can cause the coronary arteries can become narrowed or blocked altogether by plaque. This can be exacerbated by smoking, high blood pressure, eating foods high in fat and cholesterol, lack of exercise and drinking alcohol to excess. Coronary heart disease can be caused or affected by other underlying diseases like diabetes and obesity. Stress and family history are also factors.
If you feel any of the above listed symptoms, get diagnosed by a physician. Severe symptoms may mimic a heart attack. Severe cases may require hospitalization and surgery. If you think you are having a heart attack, seek immediate medical treatment.
Herbal medicine may play a useful complimentary role in preventing heart disease.