Don’t Let Heart Disease Be a Silent Killer

By: Bel Marra Health | Heart Disease | Thursday, September 06, 2012 - 02:43 AM

heart diseaseHeart disease has affected millions of people around the world and thus health programs have promoted various lifestyle interventions to improve cardiac care and enhance good health. Similar to most chronic diseases, heart disease can affect people of various ages and thus it may also be helpful to recognize methods in detecting heart disease at its earliest stages of development. Leading a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and nutritious food items may also help in cardiac care and promote good health.

According to a recent medical report published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, there are certain warning signs that could serve as screening factors in determining whether an individual might potentially develop heart disease. The report described the results of a study involving approximately 87 families who were asked to complete a survey. These families were referred to the research study based on the occurrence of at least one case of heart disease in the family. The survey form contained questions regarding the history of heart disease in the family. In addition, there were also questions regarding the occurrence of lightheadedness and fatigue in the family. It should be understood that lightheadedness and fatigue might be symptoms of heart disease, especially when these occur among children. Most of us often consider these symptoms as plain reactions to stress and excessive work and thus we may not know that our health is slowly deteriorating through time.

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The results of the study showed that approximately 72% of the families noticed that their child experienced lightheadedness and/or fatigue before the actual occurrence of a cardiac arrest. In the other families who completed the survey, they reported the occurrence of syncope or the loss of consciousness in their child for an apparently unknown cause. In other cases, the families reported that their child had experienced seizures, which were left undiagnosed even after emergency medical treatment. The recent medical report explained that when a family history of heart disease and the occurrence of symptoms such as seizures, syncope, and fatigue occur, then it may be possible that their children has heart disease.

The Study to Help Cardiac Care

The information presented in the recent medical report may be beneficial to both patients and physicians because it provides clues on how to detect heart disease at an early stage. Most heart diseases are diagnosed during the adult years yet it may also be possible that this condition may have developed during childhood. It is thus important for parents to understand the importance of good health and cardiac care, especially by detecting the early signs of heart disease. Cardiac care starting early in life may also promote good health and possibly prevent the progression of this chronic disease.

Heart Disease – The Recent Report

The recent medical report also emphasized the importance of good health and cardiac care starting at childhood. Unfortunately, we often consider that heart ailments only occur during advanced ages and thus children are generally considered robust and healthy. However, this medical report showed that heart disorders often develop at an early age and thus good health and proper cardiac care may help prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases.

One of the most recognized approaches to good health and cardiac care includes leading a healthy lifestyle. Consuming healthy meals that consist of proteins, carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables may help in achieving good health. Fruits and vegetables contain anti-oxidants that facilitate cardiac care. Engaging in regular exercise may also promote good health and improve cardiac care. Both children and adults may benefit from these lifestyle interventions and decrease the risk of heart disorders. Knowledge of the family’s history of diseases, including that of cardiovascular disorders, may also help in maintaining good health and design effective cardiac care regiment.

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