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15 Signs of Heart Disease we Need to Know

By Janice Ambrose     May 23, 2007 in Health
Heart disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. In 2002, heart disease resulted in 29 percent of all U.S. deaths.
More than 37 percent of adults have two or more risk factors for heart disease and stroke. -
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Diabetes
Smoking
Physical inactivity and Obesity
According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that costs were $403 billion in 2006 for health care services, medications and lost productivity.
What Exactly is Heart Disease
Heart disease is used to describe various heart problems, the most common being, coronary artery disease (CAD), which happens when your heart's arteries buildup plaque and become hardened and narrowed, reducing the blood flow to the heart and can result in a heart attack.
Other common heart conditions include angina, heart failure, arrhythmia, peripheral artery disease and more.
Signs of Heart Disease
The above are well-known signs, that you may be at risk of heart disease. There are many other, lesser known, symptoms that can signal heart disease risk. Studies have found that up to 97 percent of women with acute heart disease, experienced pre heart attack symptoms more than one month and sometimes as much as two years before the attack.
15 Signs
1. Mood changes. Irritability, depression, anxiety and insomnia
2. Elevated levels of inflammation-related substances in your body,
including C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, and homocysteine
3. Unusual fatigue and / or insomnia
4. Shortness of breath
5. Indigestion
6. Frequent headaches
7. Racing heart
8. Vision changes
9. Changes in appetite
10. Aching arms
11. Chest pain
12. Pressure in the chest, stomach, arms, back, neck or jaw
13. Cold sweats
14. Nausea
15 Lightheadedness
Should people, with few risk factors have extensive testing for heart disease? Experts agree that the following three tests should be done to make sure they are within the healthy levels that your health care provider recommends:
Cholesterol (good and bad) level
Blood-sugar level
Blood-pressure level
Another test sometimes encouraged is the C-Reactive Protein test. (CPR)
These results will tell you that lover than 1.0 mg/L indicates low risk of developing heart disease.
A CRP level between 1.0 and 3.0 mg/L indicates average risk, while higher than 3.0 mg/L indicates a high risk.
Some of the other numerous tests are - heart scans, stress tests, and electrocardiograms, which you and your health care provider can determine if necessary.
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