There are many different kinds of heart disease. The most common is atherosclerosis which is the buildup of fatty deposits or plaques in the walls of arteries. As result of plaque formation, there is less space for blood to flow normally during circulation resulting in to less delivery of oxygen throughout the body, including to the heart. Depending on where the buildup is, it can cause a heart attack, leg pain, or a stroke. Atherosclerosis is not part of normal aging and can be serious.
Common Sign & Symptoms of Heart Disease:
Early heart disease may not have symptoms, or early symptoms may not be noticeable particularly in older adults. That’s why regular checkups with are important for diagnosis and prevention.
Pain in the chest shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back
Shortness of breath when active or at rest
Chest pain during physical activity that gets better when you rest
Easily tired or fatigued
Swelling in the ankles, feet, legs, stomach, and/or neck
Less able to exercise or be physically active
Problems doing your normal activities
Prevention of Heart Disease:
Stay at a healthy weight
Avoid spending hours every day sitting
Keep your diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or high cholesterol under control