The Heart of the Matter: Heart Disease and Stroke
Coronary heart disease, also called coronary artery disease, is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States, causing 1 out of 4 deaths. Just as alarming, the Centers for Disease Contral (CDC) states that 1 out of 20 deaths in the U.S. are due to a stroke.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off or disturbed and can happen in two different forms. An ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage in the artery leading to the brain due to a blood clot or a buildup of plaque, a buildup of fatty deposits. The second type of a stroke is called a hemorrhagic stroke, which happens when a blood vessel in the brain bursts and causes swelling to the area nearby.
The Connection Between Heart Disease and Stroke
Heart disease is the second most important risk factor for stroke. (High blood pressure is number one!) You get heart disease when the innermost layers of the coronary arteries become inflamed and narrow because of plaque. The growth of this plaque may have started as early as childhood and thickened and enlarged throughout your lifetime. This thickening is called atherosclerosis, and it may block the blood flow to not only the heart causing a heart attack but also the brain, which could lead to a stroke.
Hear From the Expert
Please join internal medicine specialist Dr. Reshma Relwani as she dives into these topics on Wednesday, March 4, at 5 p.m., in the Silver Cross Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd. This informational session is free, so bring a friend and learn how to protect yourself and those you love from these conditions. You can register for this FREE seminar here.
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