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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What Are the 4 Silent Signs of a Heart Attack?

What Are the 4 Silent Signs of a Heart Attack? Most people know the signs of a “classic” heart attack – stabbing pain in the left side of the chest and radiating pain down the left arm. But there are other signs that can be far more difficult to recognize, which means you could be at risk for a serious and even fatal attack without even knowing it. Heart disease, cardiac arrest, and other cardiac problems are the most common causes of death among both women and men in the U.S., yet every year, thousands of people die as a result of a heart attack, even without a prior diagnosis…

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What is an Evolving Stroke?

What is an Evolving Stroke? Your heart’s job is to help keep the entire body alive by keeping your tissues adequately suffused with oxygenated blood. So, when cardiac problems develop, problems can also develop elsewhere in the body. A common complication of heart disease is a condition called a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), more commonly known as a stroke. According to statistics shared by the CDC, stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, affecting on average one person every 40 seconds in our country. A stroke (colloquially called a “brain attack”) occurs when a part of the brain is suddenly deprived of blood. This causes…

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What does it feel like when you are having a heart attack?

What Does it Feel Like When You are Having a Heart Attack? A heart attack is a medical emergency that requires immediate intervention and treatment. However, the signs of a heart attack can vary from one person to the next, making it difficult to determine if what you are feeling is a true cardiac problem or another benign issue. In general, it is better to talk to a doctor anytime you feel you may be having the symptoms of a heart attack, but the information below may help you to recognize these symptoms more effectively.  What Is a Heart Attack? If you have heart disease, a heart attack is one…

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Is there a cure for heart disease?

Is There a Cure for Heart Disease? Although heart disease has had considerable media coverage in recent years, many people are unaware of the vast number of individuals it affects.  For someone suffering from a heart problem or who has a family member or a friend with one, an important question is whether there is a cure. Overview of Cardiac Problems Disease affecting the heart is responsible for one of every four U.S. deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  More than 600,000 Americans perish each year as a result.  This type of disease represents the leading cause of death for both males and females.  Coronary disease…

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