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Category: Cardiovascular Diseases

Insight into diseases of the heart and arteries.

The new high blood pressure definition amidst a paradigm shift

The high blood pressure definition has changed in the last few days.  That change is part of a paradigm shift on the part of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other medical groups.  On November 13, 2017 the joint group released a new comprehensive guideline which contained recommendations for prevention, […]

Complications of hypertension in view of organ involvement

A complication of hypertension is a medical consequence of high blood pressure.  It can be a condition that develops or an event that occurs.  Complications of hypertension can result from either chronic or acute sustained elevations of blood pressure.  They consist of initial and secondary manifestations.  The initial ones are changes in blood vessels and/or […]

Atherosclerosis vs. arteriosclerosis: Dispelling the confusion

It is worthwhile to reflect on atherosclerosis vs. arteriosclerosis because of some confusion in the meaning and use of the two terms.  Arteriosclerosis is a general term.  Atherosclerosis is a more specific one. Etymology and similarities Arteriosclerosis derives its name from the combining of the word elements ‘sclerosis’ and ‘arterio.’  Sclerosis is a Greek word […]

What is Congestive Heart Failure?

There are some misconceptions about congestive heart failure, also known as CHF. To answer the question what is congestive heart failure, it is necessary to first clarify what it is not. First of all, it is not distinct from heart failure. In the medical field both terms mean the same. Heart failure and congestive heart […]

Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

What is Congestive Heart Failure? Congestive heart failure (CHF) is synonymous with heart failure. It is a disease state in which the heart cannot normally fill with or eject blood.  In either case the heart does not pump out enough blood to meet the body’s demands for oxygen, nutrients, and removal of carbon dioxide. Additionally, […]

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Heart attack signs and symptoms Signs and symptoms of a heart attack (myocardial infarction) are the indications that permanent damage to the heart has occurred.  Symptoms are subjective and are what  victims experience or perceive with their senses. Signs are what others observe in the victims. Some of the signs and symptoms are primary and […]

Body Fat and the Risk of Heart Disease

Recent research has shed new light on the link between body fat (adiposity) and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. It answered some important questions and dispelled some presumptions. For many years the medical community and researchers have recognized the link between body fat and disease of the heart and arteries.  There is no proof […]

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