Cardiovascular Disorders

Coronary heart disease

Also known as coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease is caused when the smaller blood vessels that deliver blood and oxygen to the heart become narrowed. Most of the time atherosclerosis is the main cause of coronary heart disease. Atherosclerosis is a term that describes when fatty plaques build up on the walls of the […]

Triglycerides too high

Triglycerides are basically the fatty deposits which are stored in the body. The carbohydrate in the body is converted into glucose to produce cellular energy. Any excess amount of this glucose is transported to the liver where it gets converted into glycogen and is stored as an important source of energy in muscles. Once your […]

Orthostatic hypotension

Orthostatic hypotension, sometimes referred to as postural hypotension, is a type of low blood pressure. Generally, a person experiences orthostatic hypotension when standing up, either from a sitting position or from lying down. The most common symptoms of orthostatic hypotension is a slight dizzy feeling or a feeling of lightheadedness. Generally, these symptoms only last […]

Cardiomyopathy symptoms

Cardiomyopathy is a very serious heart disease. It is classified as a secondary disease if it is associated with other diseases affecting the organs. It is classified as the primary heart disease when there are no other causes for it found like high blood pressure, heart valve disease, arthrosclerosis or congenital heart defects. Alcohol abuse, […]

Trans fatty acids and cardiovascular disease

Many people are confused about what is considered healthy and what is unhealthy these days. It seems there is always something to look out for that can cause us harm and yet these ingredients that are so bad for us are in so many of our favorite foods. We hear about saturated fats, unsaturated fats, […]

Postural hypotension

Hypotension is the medical term for low blood pressure. It means the person has abnormally low blood pressure. If the systolic pressure is below 110 and the diastolic blood pressure is below 70 it means that the person is in a state of hypotension. There are several conditions that can cause low blood pressure. Postural […]

Aneurysm symptoms

While it is not always the case, sometimes when you have an excruciating headache—you know, the ones during which it feels like an ice pick is being driven through your skull—it feels like there might be something wrong. The pain, so intense, can make you frightened to go to sleep because you don’t know what […]

Acute coronary syndrome

Acute coronary syndrome is a sudden lack of blood flow to the heart. It is usually caused by arteries that have become dangerously blocked by plaque. People who have this syndrome have symptoms that very much resemble a heart attack. Acute coronary syndrome is a term that covers the entire group of symptoms that are […]

Sinus tachycardia

Sinus tachycardia is a condition that occurs when the sinus rhythm of the heart beats over 100 beats per minutes. This heart condition is commonly found with myocardial infarction. The increased rhythm starts from the senatorial node which is located in the right atrium of the heart and is responsible for heart rate. A normal […]

Normal cholesterol levels

Cholesterol is very important for a variety of reasons and it is absolutely necessary to maintain a healthy cholesterol level. Normal cholesterol levels will vary by person but generally there is a range that you can follow to make sure you do not have any major cholesterol problems. However, first you should know why it […]

High blood pressure symptoms

You always want to avoid having an exceptionally low or high blood pressure level as there are many health problems that either can create. Blood pressure is the measurement of the blood flow multiplied by your blood vessel’s resistance level. If you have a high blood pressure then you essentially have hypertension and while some […]


When a person is diagnosed with having bradycardia it means that they have a heart arrhythmia and that their heart beats at a rate slower then 60 beats per minute. It is caused by a disruption of the normal electrical impulses that control the rate at which the heart pumps blood through the circulatory system. […]

Heart attack treatment

Having a heart attack is a serious situation that not only requires extensive treatment, but will probably also require a change in lifestyle from that day forward. Although causes for a heart attack may differ, generally once someone suffers from a heart attack he or she must do the best they can to reduce stress […]

Cholesterol medications

There are many commercials and magazine ads for cholesterol medications. So many, in fact, that high cholesterol has begun to seem like a normal, everyday occurrence and nothing to worry about. In reality, high cholesterol—especially high LDL cholesterol that goes untreated could kill you or leave you permanently disabled. If you don’t know anything about […]

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

When someone is diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy it means that they have an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle wall. When someone has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy it also means that the blood flow of the heart may be somewhat obstructed because of this thickening. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden heart attack and death […]

What causes heart disease

There are many different diseases that people must try to ward off throughout their lives. Some that immediately come to mind are Hepatitis, the flu, mono and other catchy illnesses. But there are some illnesses that you can’t catch through conventional methods. They may be passed on through certain hereditary factors, accidents, birth defects or […]

Aortic aneurysm

An aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the aorta wall that can be compared with a bulge on an over-inflated inner tube. The aorta is the main artery that leaves the left chamber of the heart. It goes downward from the chest and through the abdomen and continues into the pelvis. The aorta is the […]

Best cholesterol lowering supplements

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Chronic venous insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition that affects many people. The condition occurs because the veins in the legs weaken and simply lose their ability to pump enough blood throughout the body. Chronic venous insufficiency is also known as CVI. While the diagnosis is not something that anyone wants to experience it is not all […]

Left side chest pain

The various aches and pains that you can feel in your body are collectively frightening, especially if you are not a doctor, nurse, emergency medical technician or other experienced medical professional. Many of the normal aches and pains you feel could be the result of either a simple problem or a life threatening condition. To […]

Atherosclerosis treatment

Atherosclerosis is hardening of the arteries which is also known as arteriosclerosis. Healthy arteries are strong and flexible which is necessary to carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Arteries are lined with endothelium which works to keep the inside of the arteries smooth to ensure blood flow. When cholesterol damages the endothelium it creates […]

High blood pressure signs

There are usually no signs to point to high blood pressure. The patient can feel perfectly fine and have a high blood pressure and never be aware of it. One of the high blood pressure signs that can occur, albeit rarely, are frequent headaches, but this is not usually the case. Having your blood pressure […]

Cardiac arrhythmia

Arrhythmia is the term used for an irregular heartbeat. It can also be called dysrhythmia. This condition can be caused by several different factors. Some of them include coronary artery disease, change in the heart muscle, heart attack, heart surgery or an imbalance in electrolytes in the blood. Although these can be common triggers of […]

Cardiac rehabilitation

For anyone who has suffered from a heart attack, has had heart surgery or suffers from any form of heart disease, cardiac rehabilitation is an important step in the recovery process. Cardiac rehabilitation offers a person support in many phases regarding the overall health of their heart. The phases of cardiac rehabilitation range from exercise, […]

DVT prevention

DVT or deep vein thrombosis is much more common than most people know. It affects one in 1,000 people each year. It can be mild to severe. If complications occur it can result in death. Deep vein thrombosis is diagnosed when blood clots are present in the large veins of the legs, the pelvis, or […]

Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension occurs when the pressure in the pulmonary circulation is elevated. This is usually caused by a constriction of the arteries that provide blood to the lungs. When there is a constriction, it will be difficult for the heart to pump the blood to the lungs and it will cause a stress on the […]

Coronary angioplasty

For people who have a blockage in a coronary artery a procedure called a coronary angioplasty may be necessary. A coronary angioplasty involves using a balloon to re-open a coronary artery that contains a blockage in order to allow the blood to flow smoothly to the heart. The blockage in a coronary artery is caused […]

Stroke prevention

According to the Center for Disease Control there are many things that people can do whether they have had a previous stroke or not to reduce their chances of having a stroke in the future. These things include changing diet and implementing exercise, reducing chance of heart disease, controlling high blood pressure and other chronic […]

Cardiac bypass surgery

People who have coronary artery disease have narrowing of the arteries that pump the blood to all of the organs and tissues of the body. If these blood vessels are narrowed, the heart has a very hard time pumping blood to the extremities. This can cause heart damage. Some people can improve with medications or […]


The medical term endocarditis is used to describe the inflammation of the heart’s inner layer. The inner layer of the heart is called the endocardium. When the endocardium becomes infected it is due to the growth of bacteria on one of the heart’s 4 valves. The infection is a mass that can be caused by […]