Some of our organs are more or less important than others. Some we can live without quite comfortably, but others we are reliant on, with death a real possibility if something goes wrong. The heart falls into the latter category, so it is very important to keep it in the best possible condition.
There are numerous things that can go wrong with the heart. Some we are born with, while others will develop with age. Some conditions can have a mild effect on the patient’s well-being, if any at all, while others pose a very real and immediate threat to the patient’s life.
Here’s a look at a few of the heart conditions that people are most likely to experience.
Condition #1: Angina
Angina is a relatively common heart condition. It is not necessarily dangerous in itself, but it can be a sign of a potentially serious underlying condition. The condition manifests itself as a pain in the chest while it can also occur in the arm, jaw, neck, and even in the stomach.
The cause of this pain is that the heart muscles are not getting enough oxygen-rich blood. This can happen because of blood clots and also because of stress and exercise. Bear in mind that any unexplained pain in the chest can be a sign of something serious, so it should never be treated with complacency. It should also be noted that often times women having a heart attack will only experience angina symptoms and therefore may not seek help. This factor helps to explain the high mortality rate of heart attacks in women.