Disease is responsible for by far the most deaths worldwide. The first eight of the 12 leading causes of death globally are all diseases. Noncommunicable diseases accounted for 68% of the 56 million deaths in 2012. Three in every 10 deaths worldwide, or 17.5 million deaths, were caused by cardiovascular diseases.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 diseases that caused the most deaths in 2012. Ischemic heart disease is the leading global killer, with 7.4 million deaths. Tuberculosis, which was attributed to 900,000 deaths worldwide, rounds out the top 10.
Ischemic Heart Disease
Half a century ago, coronary heart disease killed an even greater percentage of those who suffered from it, but fortunately today doctors are adept at using various treatments to control heart disease symptoms. Some of these are effective at lowering blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol, but many simply target symptoms and don’t focus on the bigger picture.
CHD is ultimately a result of inflammation from fatty material and other substances forming a buildup of plaque that accumulates within the walls of your arteries. Because these arteries have the crucial role of bringing blood and oxygen to your heart, reduced blood flow can slow down or stop your heartbeat, causing “cardiac arrest.”
Your heart pumps blood 72 times each minute, 100,000 times each day, making sure all parts of the body are supplied with blood. How does the heart itself receive blood? The coronary arteries, coming straight from the main artery or aorta, supply blood to the heart.
Ischemic heart disease occurs when the heart does not get enough supply of blood and oxygen on account of blocking up of the arteries. If left untreated, it can result in heart failures, and even deaths. The risk factors for this disease include high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Approximately 7.25 million people die of this disease each year.
Signs and Symptoms
Ischemic heart disease can cause mild to severe chest pain (angina) or no pain at all. That’s why regular checkups are important. Ischemic heart disease symptoms can include:
- Pain in the chest or upper body that may last for hours or days
- Pain in the left shoulder or between the shoulder blades
- Shortness of breath
- A cold sweat
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
Ischemic heart disease is largely preventable. It is important to get adequate exercise, avoid smoking, eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting regular health screenings that check for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Treatment goals may include:
- Lowering the risk of blood clots forming (blood clots can cause a heart attack)
- Preventing complications of coronary heart disease
- Reducing risk factors in an effort to slow, stop, or reverse the buildup of plaque
- Relieving symptoms
- Widening or bypassing clogged arteries
Home remedies for ischemic heart disease include:
- Grapesare wonderful home remedy for patients with ischemic heart disease.
- Nicotine blocks the supply of blood and CO (carbon monoxide) poisons the body, therefore it is important to quit smokingand it is a good home remedy.
- Exercise helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight and control diabetes, elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure all risk factors for ischemic heart disease.
- Another good home remedy for ischemic heart disease is alfalfa herb which is used to reduce the blockage in the arteries and it should be taken along with carrot juice. You need to consume the product twice on a regular basis.