Discovering a Silent Killer
Heart problems and conditions affect millions of Americans each year. In fact, one — coronary heart disease — is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.
The disease’s signature is a narrowing or hardening of blood vessels that jeopardizes and sometimes even stops the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. A heart without the proper levels of oxygen and blood is a heart in crisis and danger. The thickened artery walls can attract fat and plaque, setting the stage for a heart attack unless the flow is properly restored.
Arteries can also develop aneurysms if part of the wall is thin and breaks. While some smaller breaks are not life threatening, an aortic aneurysm affects the largest artery in the body. If it ruptures the blood flow supply from the heart, the rest of the body is compromised and a potentially catastrophic situation can strike quickly.
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Diabetes & Heart Disease
Heart and vascular disease often go hand in hand with diabetes. People with diabetes are at a much greater risk for heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure. Another vascular problem due to diabetes includes poor circulation to the legs and feet.