Heart Disease: Causes and Prevention

June 12, 2021

Heart disease is a silent killer across the country and deep within our local Tampa Bay community. More than 650,000 people die from heart disease in the US every year-- that’s one person every 36 seconds. The Tampa Bay chapter of the American Heart Association reports that "over 50% of Tampa Bay residents live with high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and long-term Covid-19 complications."

As a community health leader, The Right Spinal Clinic wants to help you prevent heart disease and enjoy a healthy life. This article discusses some of the most common heart diseases. We will also provide you with some tips on how to keep your heart strong and healthy. Read on. 


Understanding The Human Heart 

The heart is a muscle organ made up of three layers of tissue:

  • Epicardium, 
  • Myocardium, and 
  • Endocardium. 

These layers work together to keep the heart functioning at its best. The human heart beats approximately 100,000 times daily, pumping around 7-9 pints of blood throughout the body. This process distributes oxygen and blood to tissues and organs and eliminates waste as well. The heart also transports deoxygenated blood to the lungs, where the blood takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. 


Who Can Get Heart Disease? 

Everyone is at risk of having cardiovascular problems, including children and teenagers. Heart disease can be fatal, but there are several ways to prevent it, such as lifestyle changes and medications. Lack of access to health care and quality food leads to racial and economic disparities in heart disease complications and deaths.


Common Heart Diseases 



This condition refers to abnormal changes in heart rhythms. It can cause your heart to beat too fast, too slowly, or irregularly, leading to a broad range of symptoms, such as:

  • Weakness
  • Racing heartbeat 
  • Fluttering heart 
  • Dizziness 
  • Chest pain 
  • Slow pulse 
  • Fainting 

Note: Arrhythmias can also be a symptom of other heart problems. You should see a doctor if you experience any heart symptoms.


Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

Also known as Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), this is one of the most common types of cardiovascular disease. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 18 million adults aged 20 and above have Coronary Artery Disease. In 2017, nearly 366,000 died due to CAD. 

CAD is a result of plaque growing in the walls of the coronary arteries, which restricts the normal blood flow to the heart and could lead to a heart attack. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop Coronary Artery Disease because of the increased pressure on the blood vessels. Symptoms of CAD include the following:

  • Chest pain 
  • Breathing problems 
  • Dizziness or nausea 
  • Feeling of indigestion

Congenital Heart Defects 

Congenital heart defects can develop as early as the fetus stage. However, there are also cases where heart defects were not detected or diagnosed in infancy. Symptoms of congenital heart defects include 

  • Fatigue 
  • Arrhythmias  
  • Breathing problems 
  • Blue-tinged skin 


Ways To Keep Your Heart Healthy & Prevent Diseases 

  • Quit smoking and stay away from second-hand smoke 
  • Start eating healthy (omega-3, berries, healthy seeds and nuts, oats, legumes, green veggies, fresh fruits, and soy)
  • Visit your physician often
  • Exercise regularly 
  • Maintain a healthy weight 
  • Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol

Let's take care of your heart health!

At The Right Spinal Clinic, our team of health professionals and doctors is ready to help you on your journey to better health. We provide outstanding Nutritional Support, Chiropractic Care, and Primary Care in the Tampa Bay Area, with same day appointments and no waiting time. Call us at (813) 582-7000 to schedule your appointment today.
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