You could have a million dollars, but if you don’t have good health then nothing else matters.
You can’t buy health, but you can take preventative measures by looking out for your well-being, eating healthily, exercising, and making conscious efforts to reduce stress. Routine visits to the doctor for general health check-ups are very important too.
Sometimes inspiration comes from learning from what we don’t want and then taking it from there. So in the name of inspiration, let’s take this time to learn about some of the most killer diseases out there, and more importantly, avoiding them. The good news is that most of these are either treatable if caught early, or preventable simply through healthy living practices.
Here are 5 of the most deadly diseases.
Ischemic Heart Disease or Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in the USA. This disease occurs when blood can not reach the heart due to blocked arteries. It causes recurring chest pain, arrhythmia, and ultimately, heart failure. Smoking, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity are the major causes of heart disease.
Strokes are spurred by a disruption of blood supply to the brain, followed by a lack of oxygen and nutrients to brain tissues. A sudden and severe headache, paralysis of body parts, trouble understanding or talking, or inability to walking are the main symptoms. If you are with someone who suddenly presents these symptoms, he/she should be rushed to a hospital, this ailment is very time sensitive.
Lower Respiratory Infections
Infections that occur in lungs or respiratory tracts are called lower respiratory infections. The infection can be a result of tuberculosis, bronchitis, influenza, or pneumonia. While coughing is the main symptom of the disease, you can also experience wheezing and breathlessness. To prevent the ailment, you should take a flu shot each year.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term under which an array of diseases that cause difficulty in breathing fall. Two known kinds of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, wheezing, and frequent coughing is a few symptoms of the disease.
The cancers of bronchus, trachea, larynx, and lung are considered respiratory cancers. The symptoms of each of them vary. Lung cancer can be identified with a perpetual cough and coughing up blood, bronchial cancers can be found by coughing up blood and chest pain, and tracheal cancer can be seen when the patient has a dry cough, difficulty in swallowing, and breathlessness. The larynx cancer can be identified with a lump inside the throat, voice changes, sore throat, and hoarseness.