Heart Conditions We Treat
Early detection of heart and vascular conditions increases your chances of a healthy outcome. Munson Healthcare heart specialists use the latest diagnostic technology, therapies and surgical procedures to ensure faster recoveries and a higher quality of life.
See the conditions below to learn more about treatment for these cardiovascular conditions:
Angina pectoris is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when part of your heart muscle isn’t getting enough oxygen-rich blood.
Angina isn’t a disease – it is a symptom of an underlying heart problem, most often coronary artery disease. Angina is very common with more than 3 million cases in the United States each year.
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Aortic stenosis is the most common heart valve problem in the United States.
The aorta is the main artery that carries blood out of the heart. Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve does not fully open, causing it to narrow and decrease blood flow out of the heart. Your heart must work harder to push blood through the aortic valve to your body. Eventually your heart gets weaker, increasing the risk of heart failure.
Severe aortic stenosis is a very serious problem and prevents enough blood from reaching the brain and the rest of the body.
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Arrhythmia simply means that your heartbeat is irregular and out of its normal rhythm. This can happen when electrical impulses in your heart don’t work properly. It may happen even if your heart is otherwise healthy.
Most arrhythmias are harmless, but some can be serious or even life threatening.
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“Heart failure” sounds alarming at first. When you have heart failure, your heart is still working, but it is not pumping as strongly or filling as effectively as it once did.
Heart failure will not go away, but it can be managed so you can extend your life and remain active for as long as possible.
It is important to remember that you are not alone. About 5 million people in the United States are living with heart failure.
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High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a very common, often misunderstood, disease. It is sometimes called “the silent killer” because it typically has no symptoms, but it can have deadly health consequences if not treated. There is no cure, but it is manageable with lifestyle changes and medication, if needed.
About 80 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. You don’t need to be “hyper” or “tense” to have high blood pressure – even calm, relaxed people can have high blood pressure.
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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) happens when narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to your limbs. Peripheral artery disease (PAD), also known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is caused by plaque buildup in the arteries (arteriosclerosis), most commonly in the arteries of the legs.
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Women’s Heart Disease
Women are just as vulnerable to heart disease as men. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death among both genders in the US. Symptoms of heart disease in women can feel much different than for men. For example, only about 50 percent of women report having chest pains before or during a heart attack. Instead, women often experience less obvious heart attack warning signs, such as unusual fatigue or dizziness.
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Heart Services Are Nearby
If you have any symptoms of heart attack or stroke, call 911. Do not drive yourself to the hospital. EMTs can begin life-saving care immediately before you reach the hospital.
For more information, contact your primary care provider or Traverse Heart and Vascular at 800-637-4033.