A Look at Different Types of Heart Disease
Heart disease is a generic term that refers to afflictions that affect the heart and cardiovascular system. Understanding your form of heart disease or those for which you are at the greatest risk can help you manage your health. Cardiac Solutions offers comprehensive care and prevention of heart disease for healthier hearts throughout Arizona.
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease, also referred to as coronary heart disease, affects over 13 million Americans and is the number one cause of death in the U.S. This form of heart disease is also the most familiar for many. Coronary artery disease occurs when fatty deposits called plaque build up inside the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. This causes a condition called atherosclerosis, or a narrowing and hardening of the arteries’ walls. Coronary artery disease can lead to heart attack if the arteries become completely blocked and blood cannot reach the heart.
Heart murmurs are caused by small abnormalities in the valves of the heart. In many cases, heart murmurs are harmless, but in some patients a heart murmur is a signal of something more serious. If the valves of the heart do not function properly, they may become overworked and weaken, allowing blood to flow backwards through the chambers of the heart. Poor valve function also reduces the capacity of your circulatory system to move blood through the body. In cases of serious valve deformities or damage, surgery may be needed to repair the condition.
Congenital Heart Disease
Congenital heart disease refers to heart conditions present when a baby is born. These conditions affect approximately one out of every 100 children, and may or may not be a concern for overall health. Heart problems may be caused by genetic inheritance, random mutation, or as a result of medication or a viral infection experienced by the mother during pregnancy.
Cardiac Solutions of Phoenix can help you manage any heart condition for better health. Please visit us on the web to learn more about general cardiology treatment and education. Call (623) 208-5305 to speak with a cardiologist today.