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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.
At Dignity Health, our cardiologists evaluate and treat a wide range of common heart problems, including:
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:
Routine doctors visits are important for catching heart disease early, as the symptoms are often vague and difficult to spot.
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.
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:
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.