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An overview of heart disease

Many people in Cincinnati will one day have to deal with a type of heart disease. In some cases, heart disease can be due to some less than ideal lifestyle choices, but these choices are in fact many times decisions between exercising and working or otherwise providing for a family. In other cases, heart disease is genetic and, for the person who suffers from it, an inevitable part of life.

Many people might not notice the symptoms of heart disease right away, as they can be confused with other conditions. Generally speaking, someone who is often short of breath or feels pain in the chest may want to be evaluated for heart disease. Someone may also frequently feel lightheaded or even have dizzy spells before the more severe symptoms of a heart condition manifest.

At its advanced stages, heart disease prevents one's heart from working properly, which, as everyone knows, can lead to brain damage an death.

One type of heart disease is coronary artery disease, which is simply plaque buildup in the veins and arteries around the heart. It can prevent the heart from getting the oxygen it needs to continue working properly since blood flow is cut off. In other cases, a birth defect or a problem with one's heart valve can cause serious heart disease.

There are things, like a healthy diet and exercise, which can prevent heart disease. However, many Ohioans are also simply predisposed to heart disease or will have a hard time controlling the risk factors. For example, many people do not have control over their stress levels.

In any event, both heart disease and the treatments for the condition, like bypass surgery or a heart transplant, can be disabling conditions. After all, a person should not have to choose between going to work and being able to stay alive for longer. While not everyone who has a heart disease will qualify, those who are suffering with the long-term effects of a heart problem may want to explore the possibility of getting benefits through Social Security disability.

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