Dignity Health: Exceptional Care for Heart Disease in Arizona
Heart disease refers to a wide array of conditions and diseases that affect the heart and its functions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the US, according to the American Heart Association. Congenital heart disease (present at birth) is the most common form of birth defect.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a heart problem, meet with a skilled heart doctor at Dignity Health for diagnosis and treatment. At Chandler Regional Medical Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, we offer a full range of care, including the latest tests, noninvasive therapies, and minimally invasive procedures for all forms of heart disease in Arizona. For the cardiology services you need, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health today.
Types of Heart Disease We Diagnose & Treat
At Dignity Health, our cardiologists evaluate and treat a wide range of common heart problems, including:
- Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries
- Birth defects affecting the heart, or congenital heart disease
- Arrhythmias, an irregular or abnormal heartbeat
- Cardiomyopathy, an enlarged or weakened heart muscle
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart infections
- Heart valve disease
Heart Disease Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of heart disease will depend on the type and stage of the problem. As a heart problem continues to get worse, symptoms may be more noticeable. In some cases, the first sign of heart disease may be a serious complication.
Common heart disease symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath with activity
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Anxiety or feelings of restlessness
- Swelling in the feet and ankles
- Wet cough
- Erectile dysfunction
Routine doctors visits are important for catching heart disease early, as the symptoms are often vague and difficult to spot.
When to Get Emergency Care
If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away. Heart attack symptoms include chest pain, dizziness or lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, cold sweats, and pain or discomfort in the shoulders, arms, back, neck, or jaw.
Dignity Health hospitals are designated Cardiac Arrest Centers by the Arizona Department of Health Services for demonstrating coordination with local emergency medical personnel to provide specific, life-saving protocols before a patient arrives at the hospital, and 24/7 cardiac intervention capabilities.
Heart Disease Causes
The most common cause of heart disease is the buildup of plaque — cholesterol, fat, calcium, and other substances — on the inner walls of the arteries.
Risk factors for heart disease include:
- Being overweight
- Sedentary lifestyle
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High amounts of fat and cholesterol in the blood
Heart Disease Treatment at Dignity Health
Treatment for heart disease will depend on the type of condition you have. In general, treatment will focus on reducing symptoms and slowing or halting the progression of a heart problem, before serious complications develop. Treatment may include medications, changes in lifestyle, and medical procedures or surgery.
Dignity Health hospitals offer world-class care and treatment for heart disease in Arizona, as part of our cardiology services.