How Can Heart Disease Affect Our Body Functions

March 2nd, 2010 | Under: Articles,Heart Diseases »

Heart disease and the complications are the most leading causes of death all over the world, particularly in the developed countries such as England, Canada and the US. Heart disease is actually a disorder in the blood vessels or in the heart. As heart disease term includes a lot of medical factors, including congenital heart defects, arrhythmias, heart attack, coronary artery disease, stroke, cardiomyopathy and angina.

To understand how a heart disease can affect our body, it is important to have a better idea on circulatory system functioning, and the heart role. The cardiovascular system encompasses heart, blood and blood vessels. It is responsible for providing nutrients and oxygenated blood to all body parts.

The nutrients and oxygen delivered to the cells of the body cells normalize body functioning; precisely, they are necessary for the survival. A disorder or a defect in the cardiovascular system is related to heart disorders and affect the body metabolism.

Coronary heart disease (arteriosclerosis) takes place when there is a plaque formation in the walls of the arteries. The result is narrowing and blockage of blood vessels, where there are plaques.

In case a plaque is in the blood vessels delivering blood to your brain, this can result in a stroke; and with narrowed blood vessels in the heart, heart attack can occur. If there is a blockage in the kidneys, this might affect the kidneys. Possible consequences might include high blood pressure, kidney malfunction and even kidney failure. An arterial block in the intestines can provoke troubles in the blood supply required for the intestines.

In case of a blockage in legs and arms arteries, it is actually a peripheral vascular disease. This disorder disturbs your capability to move legs and arms, which can result in ulceration, gangrene, disability and in some very serious cases amputation. Sometimes the plaques may rupture, thus causing artery closure.

Let’s examine one case: a woman was born having a congenital heart disorder, a condition with some defects present either in heart structure or in large blood vessels in the cardiovascular system. In this case the lady may consider pregnancy, given that possible risks for the baby and mother are thoroughly evaluated beforehand. If not, there is a huge risk for fetal or maternal death during the period of pregnancy.

Heart disease can affect the overall body functioning. An individual having a heart disease might feel stressed and depressed to know the news. Although, heart disorders and stress are believed to be interrelated, still there isn’t any proves how stress provokes a heart disease. The advice here is to avoid such risk factors for developing a heart disease as alcohol abuse, smoking, high levels of cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity and obesity.

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