Sore Gums, Puffy Feet and Other Important Warning Signs of Heart Disease
By Carolyn Pritchyk, MSN, RN
The human heart, the size of a fist and the strongest muscle in the human body, beats about 100,000 times a day or about 2.5 billion times over a 70 year lifetime. With each beat, blood is pumped from the left chambers of the heart throughout the body, delivering oxygen and nutrients, and collecting waste products, then returning to the right chambers of the heart. Waste products are removed as the blood circulates through the liver.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, is the leading cause of death for men and women in America. Someone dies from it every 39 seconds in the US. CVD is responsible...