Types of Heart Disease
The term "heart disease" is used to cover a number of conditions involving your heart and blood vessels. Common ones include:
Heart Attack: Happens when blood flow from a coronary artery to the heart is completely blocked. You may feel “like an elephant is sitting on your chest.”
Stroke: Happens when blood flow to the brain is blocked due to a blood clot or bleeding. Symptoms vary depending on which part of the brain (and body part it controls) is affected. Symptoms can include face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty.
Angina: Chest soreness, tightness, or pain when the heart does not get enough blood and oxygen.
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD): A disease that results when fat and cholesterol build up in the arteries and reduce blood flow and oxygen to the heart. This is the most common type of heart disease.