Why Does My Chest Hurt? 5 Causes of Chest Pain & Tightness

Understanding Chest Pain With Our Tri-City Cardiology Staff Have you ever had chest pain and tightness before? This can be a distressing experience and one that should always be taken seriously. At Tri-City Cardiology, serving Mesa, Gilbert, San Tan Valley, and Scottsdale, our cardiology team are proud to be leaders in cardiovascular care and are committed to educating our community about heart disease and related topics.  To this end, knowing how to recognize different kinds of chest pain and knowing when to seek immediate medical attention is imperative.  5 Common Reasons for Chest Pain and Tightness A person experiencing chest pain may notice a number of signs and symptoms. They may have sharp,…

What is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death?

What is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death? Sudden cardiac arrest (also called sudden cardiac death) is the leading cause of natural, non-accidental death in the U.S., claiming well over 300,000 lives each year. As its name implies, sudden cardiac death occurs when the heart abruptly stops functioning the way it’s supposed to, typically triggering unconsciousness and loss of breathing, followed by death. Even when death does not occur, the sudden loss of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage in just a few minutes. Sudden cardiac death occurs most often when the electrical impulses inside the heart are interrupted. Normally, these impulses help the heart beat regularly and predictably.…

Is Heart Disease Curable?

Is Heart Disease Curable? Managing and Treatment Heart Disease With Our Tri-City Cardiology Physicians According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is responsible for the demise of over 610,000 Americans every year—nearly 25% of all annual fatalities. Heart disease includes a broad range of cardiac problems, including coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, congestive heart failure, stroke, and cardiac arrest.  Given how significant this health problem is and how it often runs in families, many of our patients wonder: Can it be cured?  Treatment vs. Cure: What Can Be Done?  Unfortunately, research suggests it’s not possible to " cure"…

Are Heart Diseases Reversible?

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…

Most Common Types of Heart Disease

Most Common Types of Heart Disease Heart disease causes around 610,000 deaths per year in the United States, according to the CDC—about 1 in 4 deaths. Indeed, it’s remained the leading cause of death in the US for the majority of the past century. At Tri-City Cardiology, our board-certified cardiologists have extensive clinical experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide variety cardiac problems among our patients of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. It’s our mission to help you understand your unique cardiovascular risks and what you can do to avoid or mitigate these problems.  What Are The Most Common Types of Heart Disease? While the following list is not all-inclusive, these cardiac problems are among the most common we…

What is an Echocardiogram?

What is an Echocardiogram? One of the important diagnostic tests upon which cardiologists rely on is an echocardiogram, commonly referred to as an “echo” exam. This painless test utilizes ultrasound to create moving images of the heart. Doctors typically suggest the procedure if they suspect a patient has a heart problem. What is Echocardiography? An “echo” allows a physician to watch a patient’s heartbeat and pump blood. Sound waves produce moving images that allow cardiologists to identify various types of heart issues. Cardiologists typically recommend the test when they suspect a problem with a patient’s heart chambers or valves of when cardiac issues are causing symptoms such as chest pain…

Risk Factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and How to Prevent It

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a very serious medical condition affecting the circulatory system. If left untreated, deep vein thrombosis can be deadly. Being aware of your risk factors for DVT can allow you to take preventative action now.   What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)? Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot, also known as a thrombus, forms in one of the deep veins of the body. Most commonly, a clot will form in the veins of the leg. If you have DVT, serious complications can arise. If the clot breaks off from the vein wall, it may travel through your bloodstream to the lungs. Once there,…

Why Do Varicose Veins Form During Pregnancy?

Approximately 1 in 5 people will develop varicose veins at some point in their life. Varicose veins, those ropy, blue- or purple-colored veins often found on the legs, are a sign that the circulatory system is not effectively pumping and clearing blood from the extremities. While many people develop varicose veins during older age, they are also common during pregnancy. Learning about the association between varicose veins and pregnancy can help you treat these unsightly veins.   The Link Between Varicose Veins and Pregnancy For many women, the first time they develop varicose veins is during pregnancy. So why are varicose veins and pregnancy related? The answer is twofold: one…

Do You Have Any Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Almost everybody knows someone who has suffered from varicose veins.  Some patients unknowingly experience the symptoms of varicose veins before these large blue or purple blood vessels become visible.  Understanding more about varicose vessels and their symptoms is helpful to patients who are considering treatment options for these unsightly and annoying veins. All About Varicose Veins Many patients consider these bulging vessels, which most often appear on the legs, a cosmetic issue.  The Vascular Disease Foundation notes that their presence can significantly impact a person’s lifestyle. In North America, individuals log more time absent from work thanks to vein disorders than they do lost time linked to artery disease.  By…

How to Reduce Risk for Vein Disease

How to Reduce Risk for Vein Disease Chronic venous insufficiency can lead to chronic vein disease. This is the result of failed valves or stretching of the blood vessels in the extremities. While many of these issues may be painless, some may cause skin irritation, burning and severe pain. In addition, they may contribute to the formation of blood clots or other serious cardiovascular problems. Fortunately, you can reduce your risk for venous insufficiency, reports the Mayo Clinic, by following these five steps. 1. Eating a Healthy Diet Reduces Risk for Vein Disease Obesity and being overweight are major risk factors in developing venous insufficiency. This is due to increased…