For people with heart disease, doctors may provide drug therapy and invasive medical procedures which, in most cases, merely delay "end stage" damage — permanent physical damage that profoundly affects quality of life. Fortunately, heart disease is a potentially reversible health condition.
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Heart disease is a potentially reversible health condition that Fettler Health can help you reverse. If it is not reversed, the following complications associated with heart disease have been known to occur:
Heart disease chokes the arteries that supply blood to the heart. It often results in chest pain known as angina, or angina pectoris. Angina pectoris is the predominant symptom of heart disease and occurs when the heart is temporarily deprived of adequate oxygen. Angina is potentially reversible by processes that have been proven to enable some patients to avoid the use of medications and the employment of cardiac procedures such as angioplasty, and bypass surgery.
When a coronary artery is completely blocked by a blood clot, and blood flow to the heart muscle (the myocardium) is stopped, a heart attack (myocardial infarction) occurs. And when a clot cuts off the blood flow completely, the part of the heart muscle supplied by that artery begins to die. Approximately 635,000 people in the US have a first-time heart attack each year, and about 300,000 have recurrent heart attacks.
Some heart disease patients have chest pain and some do not. Those who don’t experience chest pain may experience silent cardiac ischemia. Silent cardiac ischemia refers to a lack of blood flow and oxygen to the heart without pain. If this form of ischemia lasts too long or is severe, it can cause a heart attack and lead to heart muscle death. Patients at greatest risk for developing silent cardiac ischemia are those who have had previous heart attacks and those who have diabetes. Silent cardiac ischemia may also disturb the heart’s rhythm, causing an arrhythmia.
A heart attack or other condition that damages the heart’s electrical system may cause arrhythmias. An arrhythmia is an abnormal rhythm of the heart. The most common, life-threatening arrhythmia is ventricular fibrillation (VF) which is an erratic, disorganized firing of impulses from the ventricles (the heart’s lower chambers). VF is the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) which is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. SCA results in death within minutes if emergency treatment such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation are not administered. Triggers of VF include blocked blood flow to the heart (ischemic heart attacks) and scarring of the heart by one or more previous heart attacks. Treatments for arrhythmia include medications, a pacemaker, and cardiac defibrillation.
A heart disease-related diagnosis often leads to the use of heart disease-related drugs, invasive cardiac procedures such as coronary angioplasty, and surgeries such as coronary artery bypass surgery. With all of these forms of treatment comes the risk of potential complications. Fortunately, because heart disease is potentially reversible, such treatments and their complications are potentially avoidable.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, and sudden cardiac death — a sudden, unexpected death caused by loss of heart function (sudden cardiac arrest) — is the largest cause of natural death in the US. However, as common as death-by-heart disease is, it is potentially reversible and no more natural than death by a car accident or a gunshot.
Fettler Health provides the tools and services to help you reverse potentially reversible health conditions including those listed below.
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