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Heart, Blood and Vessels

Angina Pectoris (Chest Heart Pain)

If you are experiencing pain in the chest, then you may be having an angina attack. It is a very serious condition that can pass on its own when you rest. But sometimes it may be a warning of an upcoming heart attack. Any chest pain should be assessed by a doctor and treated accordingly. If you are a person who is at high risk of coronary artery disease or a heart attack, you need to see a doctor immediately. Even though these attacks of chest pain may pass on its own, it can eventually be a heart attack and be deadly.

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Can High Blood Cholesterol Cause a Stroke or Heart Attack?

We constantly hear about high blood cholesterol and how bad it is for us. But it is not just lip service. High blood cholesterol can cause permanent disability and even lead to death. The idea that it won’t happen to you is just a way of making yourself feel better about a problem that you do not want to attend to.

Without tackling your high blood cholesterol as soon as possible, you are sitting on a ticking time bomb which will most likely explode in due course. The fact is that high blood cholesterol can cause a range of complications and affect your body in several ways. The two most commonly known and feared conditions associated with blood cholesterol is a stroke and a heart attack.

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High Blood Cholesterol, Types, Dangers and Treatment

What is blood cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance used to produce certain hormones and synthesise vitamin D. It is an important compound in the body and is produced by the liver. Certain foods are high in cholesterol and by eating large quantities of these foods, your body is flooded with cholesterol. Your liver produces cholesterol for the body’s healthy functioning but additional cholesterol beyond the body’s needs can be detrimental.

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Coronary Artery Heart Disease, Bypass Surgery and Stenting

What is the coronary artery?

The coronary arteries are two small blood vessels that supply blood to the heart wall. The right and left coronary artery have several branches that surround the heart and ensure that the muscular wall of the heart has sufficient oxygen. With the heart working every minute of every day of your life, the blood supply to it has to be extensive and ensure an uninterrupted blood flow. Any problem with the coronary arteries means that the heart does not receive enough oxygen-rich blood to keep pumping efficiently.

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Heart Attacks More Likely During the Holidays and Festive Season

The festive season is a time of gifts and revelry. But a surprise may be looming for those who party too hard. A heart attack can strike at any time in a person with coronary artery disease. It has been noted that across the globe, heart attacks are more likely during the festive season and especially between the Christmas and New Year period.

Initially this was believed to be due to the colder weather in the northern hemisphere during the Christmas period but the spike in often deadly heart attacks are just as likely to occur in warmer climates. There are several reasons why this may be the case but the exact cause has not as yet been conclusively identified and it is most likely not a single factor.

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Megaloblastic Anaemia (Vitamin B12 and Folate)

Anaemia is the medical term for a deficiency of hemoglobin, the compound in the red blood cells that bind to oxygen. It may be related to low numbers of red blood cells or lower than normal levels of haemoglobin although there is sufficient red blood cells. There are various types of anemia associated with normal or abnormal red blood cells. One of these is megaloblastic anaemia. It arises when there is a deficiency of vitamin B12 and folate (vitamin B9).

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