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The Precursors Of Congestive Heart Disease

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on October 17, 2011 - 1:11 am (1480 views — 401 words)

Congestive heart disease (CHD) is recognized as the number one cause of death around the world. CHD can lead to myocardial infarction which is the leading cause of death in men between 35 – 50, it claims approximately 35%. Medical practitioners also refer to this condition as congestive heart failure or CHF, it’s a serious disease that must be detected in its early stage for it has the potential to branch out into a number of complications if left untreated. This disease is recognized by the lack of blood supply to different organs of the body, which can lead to several complications.

A number of people are mislead in believing that congestive heart disease or congestive heart failure means that the heart has stopped pumping. This is not entirely true since congestive heart disease happens when the heart is incapacitated to supply the different body parts with enough blood. The parts of the body rely on blood for oxygen and nutrition in order to function properly. The distribution of blood to the different body parts can be disrupted due to atherosclerosis; especially if it affects the left ventricle since this is the major pump that is responsible for blood distribution. If the left ventricle can not pump blood efficiently, it can lead to various complications. If certain body parts experience a lack of blood supply, it can result to numerous side effects. This is why congestive heart disease is associated with different complications of other body parts such as the lower extremities, the lungs and the kidneys.

Luckily this disorder can be reversed if it is detected at an early stage, but if it is uncovered at a severe stage, chances of reversing it are quite slim due to the severity of the damage inflicted on the arterial walls. Patients that are able to discover this disease at an early stage are able to reverse the condition via lifestyle modification and maintenance medicine. Fostering a healthy lifestyle will allow your body to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood stream, which in turn prevents atherosclerotic plaque from building up on the arterial walls. Taking in foods that are high in Omega-3 and natural oils can help the body produce more good cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Increased amounts of HDL in our bloodstream prevents atherosclerosis from happening. This allows reparation of the blood vessel walls and prevents ischemic heart disease from occurring.