Coronary Artery Disease Essay

1339 Words Apr 12th, 2008 6 Pages
Heart disease, also known as the “silent killer”, is one of the most common causes of death worldwide, though many people live with this disease for many years without knowing it. Types of heart diseases include coronary artery disease, cardiomyopath, valvular heart disease, pericardial disease, and congenital heart disease. The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is when the arteries that supplies blood for the heart muscle gradually hardens and thickens (artherosclorosis) because of the buildup from salt, fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque) on their inner walls. This process leaves the heart with a lack of oxygen and blood, forcing it to work harder (high blood …show more content…
The number of transplants performed each year may vary in many different countries. For example, 32 transplants are performed in Australia each year, while there are 283 transplants performed each year in Germany, and only 2 transplants in Singapore.

Australia’s transplant success rates are one of the best in the world. 84% of all heart transplants are successful, with the patient’s survival rate of 90% at one year and 70% at five years.

The benefits of heart transplants is that it gives patients renewed or improved lives and allows them to once again, participate in activities and sports such as walking, running and swimming.

Daniel Winter, aged 23 was a heart transplant patient. He was found to have heart disease and luckily, he received a new heart within only 2~3 months. After the transplant, he returned to his normal lifestyle and precious every day of his life. He interviewed many other children and teenagers who were waiting for a new heart and lifted their spirits more. Daniel knew that he had helped many others by doing this, because when he was interviewed by other people before his transplant, they surely did help him a lot and give him more courage and confidence.

Although most patients return to their normal lifestyle after the transplantation, there are still some drawbacks before and after a heart transplant is done. First

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