Cardiovascular Disease

By: Jackie Steinbach

Every year half a million people die from Cardiovascular Disease. Coronary Artery Disease is the number one killer of all the types of heart disease.

Media Influences

Preston Burke is doctor on the hit TV series "Grey's Anatomy". He is the chief cardiothoracic surgeon. He preforms open heart surgery on patients with life threatening heart diseases. The show can teach you about rare heart diseases and of ways to treat them in a dramatic fashion.
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Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Song

Interpersonal Comunication

You can talk to..

  • You can talk to your doctor
  • Go to support groups
  • Family and Friends

A doctor in the Mankato area you can go to is Dr. Manpreet Kanwar. She specializes in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

Risk factors and Long Term Effects

Risk Factors
Some risks factors are inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Long Term Effects
Long term effects of Heart disease is heart failure, unstable angina, and heart attack.

Short Term Effects
Some short term effects would include pain or discomfort in the chest, pain or discomfort in the arms or left shoulder, numbness of the face, arm, or leg, difficulty seeing, severe headache, fainting and unconsciousness, and difficulty seeing.
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Advances in Heart Disease Treatment

The latest advance in screening involves an ultrasound of the carotid artery. It shows the main artery in the neck going to the brain. A doctor uses the computer to automatically measure the thickness of the artery. This treatment is good because it gives doctors a chance to detect problems early when they're more treatable.

Some more Technologies used to help treat heart disease are:
  • Pacemaker
  • Defibrillator
  • Aortic valve implant
  • Implanted monitor

Pacemaker: A pacemaker alters your heart rate to help meet your body's needs.

Defibrillator: A defibrillator shocks the heart back into usage after going into cardiac arrest.

Aortic Valve Implant: Replaces the aortic valve in the heart when it can not properly function.

Implanted Monitor: Constantly keeps track of the heart.