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Heart Disease and EKG

Heart disease also known as cardiovascular disease occurs when there is placque or fatty deposit buildup in the walls of the heart’s arteries. This buildup makes it harder for blood to flow through the arteries. A heart attack or stroke can occur if the flow is blocked by a blood clot.

Other types of heart disease include:

  1. Heart failure or congestive heart failure which occurs when the heart is not pumping blood efficiently. The result is that the body doesn’t receive the oxygen it needs.
  2. Arrhythmia occurs when the heart is beating to slowly or too quickly or at an uneven pace. This can affect the heart’s overall ability to operate efficiently.
  3. Stenosis occurs when there is an irregularity with opening and closing of the heart’s valves which affects how the blood flows through its chambers.

Causes of heart disease include:

  1. Smoking and secondhand smoke
  2. Diabetes
  3. High blood pressure
  4. High amounts of certain fats and cholesterol in the blood
  5. Blood vessel inflammation

In order to properly diagnose heart disease or cardiovascular disease or other types of heart conditions an electrocardiogram (also called EKG or ECG) test must be performed. This test records the electrical activity of your heart through small electrode patches attached to the skin of your chest, arms, and legs. EKG’s are painless, safe and relatively inexpensive.

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