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Your heart is a complex organ with many parts that can be affected by disease or injury. In a normal heart, blood moves through four heart chambers separated by muscular walls and heart valves. The heart takes in oxygen-depleted blood through the veins and sends it to the lungs to pick up the oxygen it needs. The oxygen-rich blood then flows from the lungs to the heart, where it is pumped out to the body through arteries. In general, a heart condition refers to any disease that affects the heart’s ability to function properly.
Interested in improving your heart health? Take our online heart health assessment, then find a cardiologist who treats heart conditions in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican.
Generally speaking, a heart condition can affect any part of the organ, from the arteries to the valves to the electrical system that controls your heartbeat. Some heart conditions are structural defects that occur before birth and others can result from poor lifestyle choices like smoking.
Some of the most common heart conditions include:
Heart conditions can be caused by a variety of factors, from inherited genes to lifestyle choices. For the most common types of heart conditions, risk factors include age, family history, poor diet, smoking, and lack of regular physical activity.
Many advances have been made in the management of heart conditions. Today, those with heart conditions once considered fatal now live full lives with better heart function. In general, treatment and prevention strategies for heart conditions include repairing any structural problems, slowing the progression of chronic heart disease, and taking steps to prevent certain types of heart disease from developing.
Common treatments might include a combination of lifestyle changes, medication, and surgery. At Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, we offer the most advanced surgical treatments through the St. Rose|Stanford Clinic’s Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Program.
You may be able to prevent common heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease, by following a heart-healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, and not smoking.
To learn about classes that will help you care for your heart, or to find cardiologists who practice at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, call 702.616.4900.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides care and treatment for many heart conditions in southern Nevada.