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…

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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…

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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,…

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What is pre stroke?

What is pre stroke? Nearly 800,000 people suffer strokes in the U.S. each year, according to the Internet Stroke Center, and almost 700,000 of those are first-time strokes. In fact, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and unintentional injuries. Knowing the very early symptoms of stroke – sometimes called “pre-stroke” symptoms – is extremely important in preventing a stroke and the often-devastating problems a stroke can cause. Early Symptoms of a Stroke While most people know the most common signs of heart attacks – chest pain, arm or jaw pain, weakness, sudden fatigue, and nausea – many people…

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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.…

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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"…

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how stroke affects the circulatory system

How Stroke Affects the Circulatory System A stroke can affect the way an individual moves, speaks and thinks: According to the American Heart Association (AHA), stroke is the main cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. Furthermore, stroke accounts for 1 of every 19 deaths in the U.S. Some cardiac problems can lead to a stroke. Therefore, preventing conditions like heart disease can reduce the likelihood that an individual will suffer a stroke. Preventing Cardiac Problems is Vital to Reducing Stroke Risk A stroke occurs when the blood that is carrying oxygen to a section of the brain is unable to reach it due to a blockage. Therefore, since…

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how cardiac arrest can be prevented?

How Can Cardiac Arrest be Prevented? While many use the terms heart attack and cardiac arrest interchangeably, these terms are not synonymous as each refers to different cardiac problems. A heart attack occurs when there is something blocking the blood as it flows to the heart, whereas a cardiac arrest results when a heart malfunction caused by an electrical disturbance in the heart suddenly causes it to stop beating. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. If an individual does suffer cardiac arrest and the proper steps are taken, he or she can recover; however, anyone…

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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…

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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…

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