Hello and welcome to Squeaky Wheel Productions’
Disability Series. Today’s topic is Heart Disease. What is heart disease, what are its characteristics,
and how is it managed? We’ll find out the answers to each of these
questions and more. Let’s get started! The heart is one of the most important organs:
it pumps blood around the body to provide much needed oxygen and nutrients to the surrounding
tissues. Unfortunately, the heart does not always work
the way it is supposed to. Heart Disease refers to a group of serious
conditions that affect the structure and function of the heart or blood vessels. Heart disease can be divided into four main
types of disorders: These are coronary artery disease and vascular disease, which cause
blood vessels to harden, heart rhythm disorders or arrhythmias, which cause irregular heart
rhythm, structural heart disorders, which cause heart deformities, and heart failure,
which causes the heart to weaken. Other common types of the disorder include
angina, atrial fibrillation, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, pericarditis, and
the list goes on. Watch this month’s vlog to learn more about
my personal experience living with cardiomyopathy. Heart disease can be caused by a variety of
biological and environmental factors including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure,
obesity, other existing health conditions, and certain medications or treatments such
as chemotherapy. Nevertheless, causes vary from one condition
to another. Common risk factors include age, race, sex,
family history, and lifestyle. Like most health conditions, heart disease
is characterized by a wide range of symptoms. However, as is often the case, symptoms vary
from person to person, depending on their exact diagnosis. Symptoms may include chest or body pain, shortness
of breath, an irregular heartbeat, swelling, and fatigue. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and
some conditions are even fatal. Fortunately, many treatments exist to help
manage the symptoms of heart disease. Of course, treatments vary from person to
person, depending on their exact circumstances. Common treatments include medication, lifestyle
changes related to diet and exercise, surgery, and medical devices such as pacemakers or
defibrillators. For this reason, individuals with heart disease
can live productive and meaningful lives. Well, that’s all for today. Now I’d like to hear from you. Did I leave any questions unanswered in today’s
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to check out this week’s vlog and the additional resources below. Thank you for watching and see you next month!