Institute for Coronary Artery Disease
You may be tempted to ignore the pain or wonder if it could be heartburn or indigestion? But chances are you, along with 85 million other Americans, are experiencing some form of heart disease.
Denying it could be deadly. Doing something about it is not as difficult as you may expect. At Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital’s Institute for Coronary Artery Disease, you will receive personalized care from cardiothoracic surgeons who use advanced, state-of-the-art therapies including bypass and heart valve replacement surgeries such as the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement and Absorbable Heart Stents. A new absorbable stent is used to open arteries blocked by plaque. It is similar to dissolving sutures and is expected to absorb entirely in about three years, letting the restored artery pulse and flex naturally - something it just couldn't do with the metal stents. You will have access to treatments based on the latest clinical research including coronary stenting and mitral and aortic balloon valvotomy.
What is heart disease?
Heart disease occurs when your blood vessels are narrowed and blocked and the heart, brain or other parts of the body can’t get enough blood. This takes place because a buildup of fatty plaques in your arteries thickens artery walls, and like clogged plumbing, stops the flow of blood through your arteries to organs and tissues. This can lead to a possible stroke or even a heart attack.
The most common symptom of coronary artery disease is chest pain or angina — a pressure, aching, burning or painful feeling in your chest.
Symptoms are sometimes different for men and women. If you are a woman, you may experience a shortness of breath or extreme fatigue. If you are a man, you are more likely to have chest pain. Both men and women may feel cold or weak in the legs or arms.
Every 40 seconds, someone dies from heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. There are more deaths from heart disease than from all forms of cancers combined.
Symptoms and risks
You may be at risk for heart disease if you have experienced one or more of these common symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Swelling in the legs
- Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in the legs or arms if the blood vessels in those parts of the body are narrowed
- Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back
You should also consider these cardiovascular risk factors:
- Tobacco abuse
- Male gender
- Post menopausal females
Taking the first step toward a diagnosis and possible surgery can be scary. At Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, our dedicated physicians and healthcare professionals will provide you with individualized care and help you every step of the way on your journey to improve your cardiovascular health.