Gloria S. Gaston, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursGloria S Gaston MD
2550 Windy Hill Rd Ste 311
Marietta, GA 30067
- BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia
- United Healthcare
- Wellstar Windy Hill Hospital
How common is transposition of the great arteries?
SCAI answeredOf the thousands of babies born each year with a heart defect, 10 to 11 percent have transposition of the great arteries, according to the American Heart Association.
What is the link between heart disease and Alzheimer's disease?
Samantha Heller, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredArteries that have been gunked-up by saturated fat, also known as cardiovascular disease, restrict blood flow and limit the delivery of oxygen and other life-sustaining compounds to every organ in the body. Elevated cholesterol levels have been associated with amyloid plaques in the brain. Amyloid plaques are a buildup and hardening of protein fragments in the brain and are thought to be a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Aside from the obvious heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure that cardiovascular disease lends itself to, current research has found that cardiovascular disease may lead to a decline in cognitive function and an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, as research continues, findings are pointing toward a relationship between dietary saturated fats, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and an increased decline in cognitive function. In Finland, a study of more than 1,500 people found that eating a lot of saturated fat in midlife increased the risk of cognitive decline later in life. Eating good unsaturated fats was associated with better memory and overall cognitive function later on in life. If you eat foods that contain saturated fat, such as ham and ice cream, you may be contributing to clogged arteries and inflammation in your brain. You may even be increasing the risk of developing dementia or cognitive decline. What you eat now will affect your health later.
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What are the common types of heart disease?
Dede Bonner, Health Education, answered
The term heart disease is used broadly as an all-inclusive description. Most people think there is only one type of heart disease, coronary artery disease (CAD), which is the buildup of fatty plaque on the inside of coronary arteries. This is by far the most common type of heart disease and the number one killer in the United States.
But there are numerous other diseases of the heart muscle, veins, arteries, and circulatory system that affect the heart. The most common include:
- Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms, where the heart beats too fast, too slow, or is irregular). The most common type of arrhythmia is called atrial fibrillation, and it significantly increases the risk of having a stroke.
- Angina (chest pain or pressure occurs because the heart isn’t getting enough blood).
- Atherosclerotic heart disease (slow buildup of a blockage in the arteries feeding oxygen to the heart).
- Heart failure (also called congestive cardiac failure, caused by structural or functional disorders).
- Ischemia (reduced blood supply to the heart, which can result in angina).
- Heart valve disease (types include valvular stenosis and valvular insufficiency).
- Congenital heart disease (a heart defect present at birth).
- Heart muscle inflammation (called cardiomyopathy, with three main types: dilated, the most common type; hypertrophic; and restrictive).
- Pericardial disease (inflamed heart layers).
- Vascular heart disease (blood vessel disease).
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