Are Heart Diseases Reversible?
If you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease or if you’re at risk for cardiac problems, you’re certainly not alone. About 28 million adults in the U.S. have heart disease, according to data from the CDC, and every year, more than 600,000 people die as a result of cardiac problems. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. among both men and women. But there is some good news: Many types of heart disease can be prevented and even reversed – as long as the patient receives the proper medical care as early in the disease process as possible.
Types of Heart Disease
When we hear the words "heart disease," most of us think of coronary artery disease (CAD), which occurs when the arteries supplying blood to the heart become clogged with sticky cholesterol deposits. But while CAD is certainly very common, there are many other types of cardiovascular diseases, and each one requires a different type of care in order to prevent and even reverse the effects of the disease. These other types cardiovascular diseases and related problems include:
- arrhythmia (including atrial fibrillation)
- heart valve disorders
- congestive heart failure
- cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle)
- peripheral artery disease
- congenital heart defects
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
Infections and other chronic diseases can also contribute to heart disease or increase your risk for cardiovascular problems.
Reversing heart disease: Can it be done?
The answer is, it depends on the type of heart disease you have, as well as a number of other factors. But for many patients, the answer is yes – with the proper care and some very important lifestyle changes, some types of heart disease can be reversed, and in others, the progression of the disease may be slowed. The key lies in getting the right type of care as early as possible.
At Tri-City Cardiology, we begin care with a thorough examination and evaluation, including tests, a physical exam and a review of the patient’s personal and family health history to obtain a complete “picture” of their cardiovascular health. The initial evaluation is crucial for understanding the type of cardiac problems that are present so the patient’s care plan can be individualized for their needs.
After the evaluation, our team of board-certified doctors can determine the optimal course of care, which may include medications, lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, monitoring and treating other diseases like diabetes, and outpatient medical procedures to address specific issues like heart valve problems or arrhythmias. Often, patients benefit from multiple treatment options, as well as ongoing office visits to ensure their cardiovascular system is as healthy as it can be.
Top Cardiology Practice in the Greater Phoenix Area
Tri-City Cardiology is a top-ranked provider of state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options for an array of cardiovascular disease and conditions, including coronary artery disease, heart valve abnormalities, heart arrhythmias, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, peripheral artery disease and stroke. Doctors are board certified and experienced in the most advanced treatment options to ensure each patient receives care that’s customized for their needs for optimal results. To learn more about treatment options that could help reverse or prevent heart disease, call Tri-City Cardiology at 480-835-6100 and schedule an appointment today.