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THE HEART - INDEX
THE BODY'S PUMP
The heart's function is to pump blood, oxygen and nutrients through your bloodvessels to all parts of the body using involuntary muscle tissue. The heart does this by beating aproximately 100,000 times a day, and in that time pumping over 7,000 liters of blood. Not bad for a muscle the size of a fist.The heart is located in the chest just slightly left of the breastbone.
It's in our best interest to keep the coronary muscles healthy. Again exercise and a good diet are the best insurance against heart disease. Abstaining from tabacco is also a good idea.
There are many causes for heart disease. The causes range from defects, injury, infections, high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, overexertion, diabetes, stress, drugs etc. Some of the more common heart diseases are Coronary artery disease, Angina, Arrhythmia, Congenital heart disease and Valve disorders.
Your family doctor will aid in diagnoses and referal to a cardiologist for many specialized tests if needed. These tests can include blood work, ECG, stress tests, ultrasound of the heart, Angiography and an MRI. There are many treatments of coronary disease ranging from surgery to medication.
The best cure by far is prevention through healthy living. And stay away from those transfats.
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