Am I at Risk of Serious Heart Disease?

Am I at Risk of Serious Heart Disease? Heart attacks are a leading cause of death in the U.S. Fortunately, the top three risk factors are ones you can control. Each year, one in four Americans dies from a heart attack, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some risk factors for heart disease are outside of our control — it tends to run in families and certain ethnic groups, for instance, such as African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Native Americans. Its prevalence also increases with age, and heart attacks tend to affect more men than women. Yet several of the major causes of heart disease can…

Does Heat Affect My Cardiovascular Disease?

Does Heat Affect My Cardiovascular Disease? Rising temperatures put patients with heart conditions at risk. Here’s how to stay safe this summer. There’s nothing quite like spending a sunny summer day outside with friends and family. But as we approach the summer season in Arizona, temperatures are about to spike. The Scottsdale area reached a scorching 108°F last June, and saw an even hotter July. While these extreme temperatures can cause anyone discomfort, they pose a real danger to individuals with heart conditions. When we’re in a hot environment, our hearts pump extra blood to the skin — up to four times more than normal — to activate our sweat…

How Do You Know if You Have a Heart Blockage?

How Do you Know if You Have a Heart Blockage? Arteries are the vessels responsible for carrying oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Healthy arteries are flexible and their inner walls are smooth, which allows blood to flow through them easily; however, when plaque builds up on arterial walls and their flexibility is reduced, blood flow is compromised. Once plaque accumulates, if a blockage occurs in one of the arteries carrying oxygen to the heart (i.e., a coronary artery), a heart attack may result. The only way to truly determine if you have a heart blockage is to visit an experienced cardiologist for an evaluation; however, there are some symptoms that…

Symptoms of a Weak Heart Caused by Heart Disease

Symptoms of a Weak Heart Caused by Heart Disease Cardiomyopathy is a form of heart disease consisting of four distinct types. Each type of cardiomyopathy weakens the heart and makes pumping blood throughout the body a challenge. Left untreated, cardiomyopathy could lead to an individual needing a surgically-implanted device or even a heart transplant; therefore, recognizing the symptoms and then seeking treatment is vital. What Does a Weak Heart Due to Heart Disease Feel Like? During the early stages of cardiomyopathy, an individual may not experience any signs or symptoms; however, as this disease progresses, symptoms usually become evident. Symptoms associated with a weakened heart include: Coughing while lying down…