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Exploring Chronic Conditions That Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease refers to a variety of vascular and heart conditions that affect the health and function of your cardiovascular system. While there are many lifestyle factors that can increase your risk for heart disease, some chronic health conditions may also play a part in your risk for heart problems. Understanding the link between these chronic health conditions and your heart health can help you take positive steps to reduce your risk for heart disease as part of your overall health management plan.

High Cholesterol
High cholesterol is a chronic condition that is frequently associated with the development of heart disease if cholesterol levels are left untreated. This is because high cholesterol can lead to the buildup of plaques in arteries that carry blood to the heart, causing the development of coronary artery disease, which is the most common form of heart disease and a leading cause of death in the United States.

High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure refers to the force associated with the flow of blood through your cardiovascular system. High blood pressure can put stress on the walls of veins and arteries, causing them to weaken and affecting the health of the heart and other organs in the body. Over time, the damage caused by chronic high blood pressure can significantly raise your risk for development of heart disease and stroke if it is not treated.

Poorly controlled diabetes can have negative health effects throughout the body, including an increased risk for heart disease. Chronically high blood glucose levels are associated with a much higher risk for the development of heart conditions that include physical changes in the heart that can lead to heart attack or congestive heart failure.

At Cardiac Solutions, our cardiologists near Phoenix offer the education and care you need to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. You can schedule an appointment with an experienced heart doctor at our clinic by calling (623) 876-8816; we also invite you to explore our website for more information about common heart conditions and your treatment options.

Screening for AAA

Abdominal aortic aneurysms, or AAAs, cause the walls of the aorta to bulge outward inside the abdomen; this condition can become severe and life-threatening. Although aneurysms do not cause symptoms until they are severe, cardiologists have developed a screening process to identify aneurysms before it is too late to intervene.

In this video, you will learn more about the risk factors associated with AAAs, including age, gender, and family history. To check for an aneurysm, your heart doctor will perform an ultrasound exam of your abdomen to look for a bulge in the aorta, which can then be treated before it poses a serious risk to your health.

Understanding your heart disease risks and how to treat or prevent cardiovascular disease in Phoenix is an important step toward greater general health and longevity. You can reach Cardiac Solutions via our website or by calling (623) 876-8816 to learn more.

Congestive Heart Failure: What Are the Signs?

Congestive heart failure causes the heart to lose efficiency, reducing blood flow throughout the body. Poor heart function may be due to a variety of causes, including coronary artery disease, chronic high blood pressure, or a recent heart attack.

This video discusses some of the symptoms associated with congestive heart failure, as well as the heart conditions that cause heart failure to occur. Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include fatigue and shortness of breath, which may be brought on by physical activity or may occur even while at rest. Other symptoms can include abdominal bloating and swelling in the legs, as well as rapid weight gain.

Congestive heart failure and the heart conditions that cause it can be treated—you can reach an experienced cardiologist for more information when you contact Cardiac Solutions online, or you can call us today at (623) 876-8816 to discuss treatment for cardiovascular disease in Phoenix.

Tips for Living with Cardiomyopathy

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Cardiomyopathy is a chronic and progressive condition that weakens the muscles of the heart, often leading to congestive heart failure. If you have been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, your heart doctor will help you develop a lifestyle plan to slow damage to the heart, reduce stress on the cardiovascular system, and minimize your heart disease symptoms. While cardiomyopathy can cause serious complications once severe heart damage occurs, there are several ways to reduce the effects of this disease on your heart and your quality of life. Your heart doctor may suggest making lifestyle changes that include maintaining a healthy weight, focusing on a heart-healthy diet, quitting smoking, and reducing or managing stress in your everyday life. Other treatment options can include medications and implantable devices, such as a defibrillator or pacemaker, to improve cardiovascular function and further reduce stress on your heart as it works.

Cardiac Solutions offers comprehensive heart care at four locations near Phoenix, including Sun City West, Avondale, and Glendale. You can schedule an appointment with one of our cardiologists for the answers to your questions about cardiovascular disease in Phoenix by calling (623) 876-8816 or visiting our website.

Treatment Options for Mitral Valve Stenosis

Mitral valve stenosis causes the mitral valve inside the heart to become narrower, affecting the flow of blood from one chamber of the heart to the next. If you suffer from mitral valve stenosis, you may experience symptoms that include fatigue, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations; while minor mitral valve stenosis that causes mild or no symptoms is often left untreated, this condition can progress over time and may eventually require vascular surgery. Minimally invasive catheter techniques allow your heart doctor to insert a small balloon into the heart, which is inflated inside the mitral valve to widen the opening. This procedure is called a balloon valvuloplasty. Alternatively, open-heart surgery may be required for a severely deformed or damaged mitral valve. During open-heart surgery, the valve may be repaired or replaced by your vascular surgeon, depending on its condition.

Do you have questions about vascular surgery for mitral valve stenosis or other forms of heart disease? Please call Cardiac Solutions today at (623) 876-8816 or click through our website to find out more about our treatment solutions for mitral valve stenosis, atrial fibrillation, and coronary artery disease in Phoenix.

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