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…

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What Happens to Blood Pressure During a Heart Attack?

What Happens to Blood Pressure During a Heart Attack? Just as there are many different symptoms of a heart attack, heart attacks also affect the blood pressure in different ways. What many people want to know is this: what, if anything, happens to blood pressure during a heart attack? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t a one size fits all solution. For instance, different people experience different blood pressure responses as their body experiences the trauma of cardiac arrest, heart disease, or other cardiac problems that precipitate an attack. In some people, their blood pressure drops during a heart attack, and, for others, it increases. Let’s find out why. Blood Pressure Drops…

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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…

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When Should I Go to the ER for Chest Pain?

When Should I Go to the ER for Chest Pain? Even though chest pain can arise due to some minor conditions, this symptom should never be disregarded as it could also indicate a life-threatening issue requiring immediate medical attention. Determining if a trip to the emergency room is warranted can be a complex one; however, if the wrong decision is made, permanent disability or even death may result. Learning more about the symptoms associated with a heart attack can help you decide if it is time to call 911. When Should I Go to the ER for Chest Pain? Numerous medical conditions can cause pain in the chest, some of…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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