Heart Disease Definition.
This is an umbrella term. It includes all diseases that are currently known to affect the heart organ and the blood vessels that supply it.
When someone says to you..."my uncle has heart disease" you can't know the exact nature of their uncle's heart condition unless you are given more information.
What is Heart Disease in the setting of Coronary Heart Disease?....
Coronary Heart Disease is a complex disease process that effects the coronary arteries - ultimately causing the development of one or more narrowed areas in those arteries making it very difficult or impossible for sections of the heart muscle to receive an adequate blood supply.
This is the most common of all heart disease conditions.
What is Heart Disease in the setting of Heart Valve Disease?
Heart valves - there are four in the human heart.
If any of these abnormalities occur it will affect the valves ability to open and close. The tight seal previously formed by the valve at the entry or exit to a heart chamber will become impaired. The resulting leak eventually puts a strain on the heart muscle and lungs.
What is Heart Disease in the setting of Heart Muscle Disease?
A medical term that literally means heart muscle disease.
Any condition that causes a deterioration in the heart muscle or Myocardium is a type of Cardiomyopathy.
Coronary heart disease is a significant cause of Ischemic Cardiomyopathy.
Ischemia - Isc-hemia, means a restriction to blood flow in a blood vessel.
Ischemic Cardiomyopathy then, is a disease process that affects the heart muscle - caused by impaired blood flow in the coronary arteries.
There are a number of other causes of Cardiomyopathy, some of which are genetic in nature.
What is Heart Disease in the setting of Electrical Conductivity Diseases?
Yes, your heart is fully wired up and has its own electrical system completely integrated!
The heart's electrical system is responsible for generating and transmitting electrical signals down its own "wire network" to stimulate certain parts of the heart muscle. This is what makes your heart beat.
Any disease process that interferes with your heart's "electrics" can cause unusual heart rhythms to occur. An individual may or may not be aware of these abnormal rhythms.
These are known as Arrhythmias - A-rith-mi-a's or Cardiac Arrhythmias.
Electrocardiology is a specific area of medical science that studies and treats electrical conductivity diseases.
What is Heart Disease in the setting of Inflammation of the Heart?
Endocarditis is an inflammation of the inner wall of the heart, the endocardium.
It is common for the heart valves to be involved and it is often caused by an invading bacterial infection that the immune system has failed to cope with.
A heart muscle disease condition due to inflammation of the heart muscle or Myocardium.
This condition can be caused by...
1. Bacterial, viral or fungal infection.
An inflammation of the pericardium which is a fibrous sac that surrounds or contains the heart.
This can be caused by bacterial and viral infections among a number of other potential causes.
This condition usually involves a collection of fluid within the pericardium or sac which can become infected. The presence of fluid can also make it difficult for the heart to operate properly as a pump.
What is Heart Disease in the setting of Congestive Heart Disease?
This condition is also known as Congestive Heart Failure or simply,
Don't confuse this term heart failure with a heart attack or a cardiac arrest ...they are not the same thing ..but they can be related. yes, it can get a bit confusing!
Congestive Heart Disease is a common condition for the elderly that can result from...
A structural abnormality in the heart or...
Anything that interferes with the ability of the heart to fill with or pump a sufficient amount of blood through the body will cause congestive heart disease.
Congestive heart disease could be precipitated by any of the heart disease categories that I have listed above, for example coronary heart disease. There are a number of additional causes as well.