Running head: CULTURE AND DISEASE –A LOOK AT HEART DISEASE 1 Culture and Disease –A look at Heart Disease HCS/245 Introduction to health and disease November 4, 2013 Tynan Weed
CULTURE AND DISEASE –A LOOK AT HEART DISEASE 2 Culture and Disease –A look at Heart Disease Heart disease is the number one killer of American men and women alike. Killing 40 % of the United States population annually, more than all forms of cancer combined (WebMD, 2013). The obesity rate in America plays a big role in these deaths as the heart is forced to work overtime. Another reason for these devastating numbers is purely lack of proper preventive care. Although encouraged to seek medical help when feeling ill-heart symptoms often present as everyday fatigue, muscle soreness, or heart burn. People often wait for symptoms to simply go away, ignoring their often deadly potential. There are many types of heart disease and the severity fluctuates, depending on the diagnosis, the warning signs, and symptoms often present the same. Heart Disease is any disease that causes damage or impairs the cardiac function. This includes any disease of the vessels that supply blood flow to the heart muscle. The term "heart disease" is a general term that refers to several types of conditions that affect the heart such as: coronary artery disease, heart-failure and angina. Two major conditions contribute to the cause of heart disease, atherosclerosis that involves deposits of fatty substances cholesterol, cellular waste, and calcium in the lining of an artery. It starts due to elevated levels of cholesterol, high blood pressure, and tobacco smoke. The most common of these in the United States is coronary artery disease, which may lead to a heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias. Coronary heart disease or (CAD) is the most deadly, killing more than 385,000 annually (Prevention, 2013). Some warning signs are shortness of breath, nausea, sweaty, palpitations, increased heart rate, weakness, dizziness, vomiting, anxiety, chest discomfort, muscle or body pain, swelling, and persistent cough. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, obesity, and lack of physical exercise are risks for some form of heart disease. Age is also a factor, women over 60
CULTURE AND DISEASE –A LOOK AT HEART DISEASE 3 and men over 55 have an increased risk. Contrary to people's general knowledge, there are far more diseases other than heart attacks that make up this category. Heart attacks are a result of the disease, most often coronary heart disease. One of the five most expensive health conditions is heart disease.
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