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What Is Heart Disease?

Last updated 4 years ago

At the Heart and Vascular Center at Brandon Regional Hospital, our expert cardiologists can diagnose and treat heart disease of all types to help our patients reclaim their health. These are important services to be aware of—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking about 600,000 lives each year. One in four deaths can be attributed to heart disease, with coronary heart disease being the most prevalent form. Continue reading to find out more about heart disease.

Heart Disease Explained

Heart disease is a catch-all term that refers to several different heart conditions that are usually tied to atherosclerosis, or plaque buildup in the arties. When plaque clogs the arteries, it gets harder for blood to flow, which can trigger a blood clot that causes a heart attack or stroke. This is the case with coronary heart disease. In addition to heart disorders caused by atherosclerosis, there are other types of heart disease, including heart failure, arrhythmia, and problems with the heart valves.

Heart Disease Symptoms

Although there are many different forms of heart disease, they share very similar symptoms. Chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and irregular heartbeat all indicate a problem with the heart. See your doctor if these symptoms develop slowly over a period of time. If you have a sudden onset of symptoms, go to the emergency room right away, as you could be experiencing a heart attack.

Heart Disease Risk Factors

There are several risk factors for all kinds of heart disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are three of the most significant risk factors. Other things that can raise your chances of having heart disease include diabetes, obesity, excessive drinking, poor diet, and a lack of physical activity.

Talk to your doctor about your heart disease risk factors and symptoms, and ask to be referred to one of Brandon Regional Hospital’s cardiologists. Our Hillsborough County hospital offers cutting-edge diagnostics and treatments for heart disease patients. We also provide orthopedic care, pediatrics, a NICU, and a comprehensive range of hospital services. For a physician referral or more information, please call (888) 327-2636.


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