What Causes Heart Disease?

the number one diagnosis in home health care.

Heart disease is one of the top diagnoses in home health care although its cause can be prevented or reversed

What causes heart disease? It must be something common to make it the number one treated diagnosis in home health care for men and women. The Centers For Disease Control site (through their sources) that 11% or about 150,000 patients are receiving home health care with a diagnosis of heart disease. What are your chances?

Do you know self CPR? You have about 10 seconds to implement it before you pass out! You can also keep two spices on hand to help advert heart attack symptoms -

Coronary artery disease specifies disease of the arteries supplying the heart. In my years of home health care, this has been the most prevalent of conditions that I have treated and one of the most debilitating as well. The heart is to the body as the gas tank is to your car. If you can not get gas to your car, your car does not run.

If your heart pump is weak, you lack blood supply and oxygen to the muscles in your body needing supplied to work. As a physical therapist, I have always focused on changing inactivity to activity. The heart, a muscle, needs exercise. If your doctor has asked me to come and see you for PT, you can bet that we'll be moving!

Outside of home care, close to one million people die of diseases related to the heart and blood vessels every year. This number is sadly growing. This means that about every 33 seconds, one American dies of cardiovascular disease. About 2600 deaths every day! That is more than 10 jumbo jet crashes per day with no mention of these daily deaths in the news.

We inspire independence here. That includes helping you avoid dependence on home health care for any reason. When you learn what causes heart disease, then you are empowered to change things. This disease can and does respond to a better lifestyle. Not just another serving of veggies a day, but a purposeful change in the small choices you make every day...

What causes heart disease?

Heart disease usually develops silently as shown below. Starting as fatty streaks, then atherosclerosis as plaque ( a fibrous cap) is formed to prevent a deadly blood clot. This, in fact describes "Athero" - a mushy or gruel-like fatty material build up and "sclerosis" referring to the hard fibrous material made by the body in response.

image of fatty streak in artery that continues and progresses into full blow heart disease in the elderly

At times, this cap can ulcerate when a piece breaks off. The new ulceration as well as the ulcerated piece can set in motion the activation of platelets, the body's clotting cells. The already narrow artery can become entirely obstructed. When this happens, the hear (or brain tissue) was dependent on that blood begins to die - or a heart attack.

Symptoms vary and can even go unnoticed and causes of these symptoms can start as early as 20 years of age. The progression of heart disease may not become symptomatic until as late as 60 years of age as indicated below.

Heart disease progression can be prevented and reversed in the elderly through lifestyle changes

Heart disease can cause serious debilitating conditions. Home health physical therapy can help those with heart disease to gain strength and mobility after coming home from the hospital, nursing home or physicians office. Unfortunately, physical therapy can only practice within a narrow, yet vitaly important scope. We can not advise you regarding other lifestyle factors simply because we are not licensed to. However, knowledge is health - learn what causes heart disease so you can avoid those things and replace them with life!

There are, however, 5 important, no crucial, lifestyle changes that you can begin changing today:

Preventative Measure Risk Reduction
Stop Smoking 50%-75% in the first 5 years!
Reduce blood cholesterol 2%-3% with each 1% reduction
Regular aerobic exercise 45%
Maintain ideal weight 35%-55% lower risk if overweight by 20% or more
Reduce blood pressure 2%-3% for each 1mm decrease in diastolic pressure

Heart attacks can happen to anyone but your chances and therefore your fear of this (even if your family history is riddled with heart disease) can be greatly reduced by following all five of the recommendations listed above. These are factors that you can control. Factors you can't include race, gender and age.

I would rather have you avoid a heart attack and learn what causes heart disease, and begin to reverse any heart disease you may have. You can take simple steps listed in the 22 alternative healing principles.


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