I. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.
My name is ______________ and today I will be talking to you about the four major heart diseases. These being Atrial fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Coronary heart disease, and Valvular heart disease.
My research includes The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.emedicinehealth.com and www.webmed.com.
As a result of what you will hear, you will be able to avoid ever getting these heart disease or if acquired knowing how to manage them.
(Let’s begin with Atrial fibrillation)
I. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atrial fibrillation is characterized by an irregular and rapid beating of the heart's atrial chambers and results when the atrial chambers are not functioning properly. Abnormalities or damage to the heart's structure are the most common cause of atrial fibrillation.
1. Heart defects you are born with (congenital)
2. Untreated high blood pressure that forces the heart to beat overtime. 3. Exposure to stimulants as medications, nicotine, caffeine and alcohol.
B. Atrial Fibrillation can be occasional or persistent with various symptoms.
1. When Atrial Fibrillation is occasional symptoms come and go, lasting for a few minutes to hours and then stopping on their own.
a. Weakness, lightheadedness and confusion
b. Shortness of breath
c. Chest pain
2. When Atrial Fibrillation is persistent then the heart rhythm is always abnormal. a. This causes cardioembolic strokes, a stroke produced by a blood clot that forms in or near the heart and travels to the brain and then blocks a blood vessel in the brain. Leaving the brain without blood and oxygen that could lead to long-term disability.
b. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Strokes can—and do—occur at any...