What is Heart Disease?

What is heart disease?  Simply put it is any abnormal functions of the heart without any contributing outside factors which includes taking any medications and/or stimulants.  There are two main branches of heart disease, preventable and genetic.

 Preventable heart disease that I am talking about is a heart problem that causes the heart to act abnormally that is directly caused by the direct action of the person.  Is it any surprise that smoking causes chronic inflammation which leads to question what is heart disease?   The link of smoking to many diseases has been well known, or drinking alcohol or eating sweets or eating high amounts of fat.  With any action there is a reaction of the body.  The opposite side of the coin is true as well.  Not acting on general health leads to heart disease.  Here we will insert fitness, eating healthy and ignoring the warning signs your body tells you.  What are those warning signs?  Great, I’m glad you asked.  The warning signs that your body gives that impending diseases are taking hold are:  Hypertension, Obesity, High Cholesterol and Diabetes.  These warning signs as I call them are risk factors to someone else. Another warning sign that there is a disease process taking hold is allergies and reoccurring infections.  The reason I call them warning signs is that these factors do not in themselves cause disease they are symptoms that a disease process is under way such as chronic inflammation.  I’ve hinted to chronic inflammation before and it is, in my opinion, the greatest underlying factor that signals the beginning of disease.  Disease at this point is preventable as long as one recognizes the warning signs and takes action.  Now, I’m not talking about taking pills, but rather understanding the culprit to adequately battle heart disease.

So preventable heart diseases that I’m eluding to are Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Angina, Heart Attacks and Arthrosclerosis.  Other heart diseases such as Wolff Parkinson’s White Syndrome, prolonged QT Syndrome and Brugada Syndrome are genetic in nature and therefore may not be preventable. What is heart disease, but a combination of prevention and genetics. These genetic conditions once triggered will cause ventricular tachycardia a condition that causes the ventricles to beat eractically and cause symptoms like palpitations and dizziness and passing out (syncope). When it is not known someone has these conditions, it becomes a surprise when someone passes out. Until a defibrillator is placed on the chest no one would know what is going on. However, choosing to eat foods that cause chronic inflammation will aggravate these symptoms and complicate the issue, by the development of preventable heart disease to answer the question what is heart disease. What someone chooses to put past the lips will forever cause damage to the cardiovascular system. Knowledge is key and knowing what can trigger events in the genetic side of the coin, someone can side step the consequences. Like everything else diet can help these conditions too.

Scientists do studies that show that certain actions lead to disease.  I try to present a topic in the same manner, linear.  It’s just how I think, as do  the scientists.  For example A leads to B which leads to C and finally D.  There’s  nothing wrong with this approach it makes sense to me.  When studies are coming forth, what happens most often is that steps B and C are skipped, hence the A leads to D.  That doesn’t make sense, it’s like asking people to cross a bridge with the middle section missing to reach the other side, large gaps in the thought process are present, however, they don’t tell you those gaps exist.  For example smoking leads to heart disease.  They in large don’t explain how this occurs.  Smoking leads to inflammation which leads to Endothelial Dysfunction which leads to Arthrosclerosis which leads to CAD which ultimately leads to Heart Disease.  A does lead to D, however when large gaps exists that don’t explain the whole picture in turn cause a lack of understanding and misinterpretations.  An example of this is, High Cholesterol, believed to be a risk factor of developing heart disease in the future.  What they are not explaining about what is heart disease is that there is other key factors which escalate to high cholesterol, such as a poor diet, drinking, sugar and fat for those with a sweet tooth in large quanties, comfort foods such as cookies, donuts etc. I’m not telling you to rush out and buy diet products by far, it is the worst thing that one can do, Aspartame is a chemical which is supplemented for sugar in most diet labeled products, awareness is the first step to a healthier you, before you buy please read the ingredients label.

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