Heart Diseases

Heart Diseases

Heart disease is a word used to describe many different conditions affecting the heart. Coronary heart disease is a common type of heart disease. This condition results from a buildup of plaque on the inside of the arteries, which reduces blood flow to the heart and increases the risk of a heart attack and other heart complications.

Cardiovascular disease also called: heart disease

Heart conditions that include diseased vessels, structural problems and blood clots.

Most common types

Damage or disease in the heart's major blood vessels.

A condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.

Sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness.

A chronic condition in which the heart doesn't pump blood as well as it should.

Improper beating of the heart, whether irregular, too fast or too slow.

A circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs.

Damage to the brain from interruption of its blood supply.

An abnormality in the heart that develops before birth.

Symptoms of heart disease vary depending on the specific condition. For example, if you have a heart arrhythmia, symptoms may include:

  • a fast or slow heartbeat
  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • chest pains
  • shortness of breath

Symptoms of a congenital (present at birth) heart defect may include skin discoloration, such as a bluish or pale color. You may also notice swelling in your legs and stomach. You might become easily tired or have shortness of breath shortly after beginning any type of physical activity.

If you have weak heart muscles, physical activity may cause tiredness and shortness of breath. Dizziness and swelling in the legs, ankle, or feet are also common with cardiomyopathy. Signs and symptoms of a heart infection can include:

  • tiredness
  • coughing
  • skin rash
  • irregular heartbeat
  • swelling in legs and stomach

Seek medical attention if you have any signs of heart problem. It’s important to address symptoms early since there are many types of heart diseases, each with its own set of symptoms.

What you can expect:

When it comes to heart health, the ancient texts emphasize the importance of calming the mind, practicing non-violence, maintaining mental health and happiness, conserving vital energy, and controlling the senses. As the energetic hub that it is, the heart is deeply affected by just about every aspect of our lives. Subtle therapies can be a powerful means of positively influencing the mind, the nervous system and our overall state of consciousness. The following therapeutic strategies support heart health by:

  • Reducing stress.
  • Supporting mental and emotional well-being.
  • Clearing the bodily channels and energetic pathways (srotamsi and nadis).
  • Promoting the healthy flow of prana throughout the system.
  • Kindling agni.
  • Clearing ama.
  • Improving tissue nutrition.
  • Supporting ojas.