Can congestive heart failure kill you?

Can congestive heart failure kill you? Heart failure is a serious health condition that can become dire if left unchecked. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 5.7 million American adults have heart failure. Nearly half of those who are diagnosed with the condition die within five years. However, a congestive heart failure diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence. Understanding your illness can help you live longer and live better. What is congestive heart failure? Congestive heart failure does not mean that your heart stops beating. It is actually a chronic progressive medical condition that affects the heart’s ability to pump effectively. The heart muscles…

Warning Signs of Clogged Arteries

Warning Signs of Clogged Arteries Arteries are responsible for carrying oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. When these blood vessels are healthy, their smooth inner walls allow blood to flow through them effortlessly; however, when plaque builds up in and on these walls, blood flow is reduced or completely blocked. Warning signs associated with clogged arteries include leg pain and chest pain. It is the location of the narrowed or blocked artery that determines the symptoms an individual experiences. Unfortunately, most people have no obvious signs as the plaque begins building up; however, once the artery begins to narrow, symptoms may develop. The severity and location of the narrowing/blockage determines the…

Can Stress Cause a Healthy Person to Have a Heart attack?

Can Stress Cause a Heart Attack in a Healthy Person? When a little stress is experienced, it can motivate an individual to complete a task, meet a deadline or fulfill an obligation; however, stress related to employment difficulties or significant family issues offers no positive outcome. Chronic stress occurs when struggles continue for an extended period of time. Chronic stress can cause heart disease. Heart disease increases the likelihood of an individual experiencing a heart attack, which causes his or her risk of suffering a cardiac arrest to rise. Evidence suggests that there are people who are sensitive to specific types of emotional stress. This emotional stress can contribute to…

The First Stages of a Mini Stroke: Learn about Mini Stroke Symptoms

The First Stages of a Mini Stroke: Learn about Mini Stroke Symptoms Not everyone who exhibits stroke symptoms is having a regular stroke. Some people are actually having a mini-stroke or a TIA. Learn more about what a mini-stroke is, how to tell if you are having one, and how undergoing a cardiovascular evaluation to assess your risk for strokes and heart disease can help reduce your risk of having a mini-stroke. What is a Mini Stroke? Mini-strokes are the body’s way of warning you that you are at risk of experiencing a much more serious, and potentially life-threatening, health problem. They occur when the blood supply to the brain…

How long can you live with heart disease?

How long can you live with heart disease? In the United States, approximately 92.1 million adults have a form of heart disease or have problems that are related to stroke. In fact, one in seven deaths in the U.S. is attributed to heart disease. While these statistics may seem rather grim, the truth is, if you take care of yourself you could live a long and happy life. When you eat right, exercise, and see your doctor regularly, you don’t have to become another statistic. You can learn to manage it and still do most of the things that you enjoy. What is heart disease? Heart disease, also known as…

How Many Beats per Minute is Heart Attack?

How Many Beats per Minute is Heart Attack? According to the American Heart Association, 2,300 Americans die of heart disease every day—accounting for about 1 out of every 3 to 4 deaths annually. At Tri-City Cardiology—with offices in Mesa, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and San Tan, Arizona—our experienced cardiologists are doing their part to improve the heart health of our community and help people avoid one of the most serious complications of heart disease—cardiac arrest. What is Cardiac Arrest? Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States experiences cardiac arrest, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Better known as a heart attack, cardiac arrest occurs when the heart temporarily and suddenly experiences…

Would You Know if You had Heart Disease?

Would You Know if You had Heart Disease? If you had heart disease, would you know it? Maybe not. It is possible to have heart disease and not realize it because not all cardiac problems come with clear warning signs. Heart disease does not always cause someone to clutch at their chest and fall immediately to the ground, as depicted in the movies. In many cases, heart disease causes no symptoms at all. To make matters even more confusing, some symptoms that do appear don’t even happen in your chest. It is even possible to have a heart attack and not realize it. In fact, the classic symptom of a…

Can you have heart attack without pain?

Can you have heart attack without pain The Hollywood image of an older man clutching his chest dramatically as he falls to the floor has given many people an unrealistic expectation of what heart attacks look like in real life. Certainly, heart attacks can cause sudden, severe chest pains. However, the exact symptoms vary widely. Learn about the signs of cardiac arrest and what to do if you think you have cardiac problems. Classic Heart Attack Symptoms When people learn about heart attack symptoms, they often focus on chest pain as the most common symptom. This type of chest pain may be sharp pain, pressure, or tightness. Often, people describe…

Understanding Heart Disease: Can Stress Cause a Heart Attack in a Healthy Person?

Understanding Heart Disease: Can Stress Cause a Heart Attack in a Healthy Person People who are under a lot of stress are often told by family and friends that they should be careful or they might have a heart attack. While these people have good intentions and mean well, their advice isn’t medically accurate. We will take a closer look at the connection between stress and heart disease.    Does Stress Cause Heart Attacks? Intense physical and emotional stress won’t cause a heart attack, but these things can cause something that is very similar to a heart attack. Exposure to chronic physical and emotional stress can result in a condition…

5 Types of Heart Disease Symptoms, Risk Factors & Causes

5 Types of Heart Disease Symptoms, Risk Factors & Causes Heart disease is an umbrella term that covers a variety of conditions affecting the heart. These heart diseases can affect the blood vessels, heart muscle and even the rhythm at which the heart beats to cause cardiac problems. A person may be born with heart disease or develop it over a lifetime. Many of these heart diseases cause symptoms. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease. CAD is the leading cause of death in the United States. This disease develops when the arteries that bring oxygen-rich blood to the heart harden and narrow, which prevents the…