Combination of the above factors can lead to a condition called atherosclerosis that thickens and narrows arteries. The difficulty in such a condition is that symptoms are not visible for years. The thickening or narrowing of arteries happens via deposition of cholesterol and some other substances inside blood vessel walls. These deposits called plaques, rupture and lead to heart attack or stroke.
Symptoms and signs of heart disease such as attack in males are intense pain in chest, left arm, jaw and hindrance in correct breathing.
Females may witness similar symptoms as males, however, pain is more diffused and might spread to neck, abdomen, back, arms and shoulders. Additionally, indigestion is also experienced. Anxiety, cold sweat, palpitations, dizziness and nausea are also visible signs in women.
The most important differentiator is that females have severe attacks that mostly result in death in comparison to males.
Cardiac rehabilitation is a term that corresponds to structured programs for smoking cessation, graded exercise and dietary advice useful for patients who suffer for heart attacks and for diagnosis of some cardiac conditions or angina. Such rehab centers have trained staff for supervising exercise and other programs for patients. Once the prescribed program at the cardiac rehab is completed, patients can perform these exercise and other regimes at home.
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