Even with incredible improvements in medical treatments, or the steady increase and prevalence of potentially life-threatening illnesses like cancer and diabetes, heart disease still remains the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women. In addition to claiming over 600,000 lives each year, heart disease treatment and care are estimated to amount to over $100 billion dollars per year.
What is Heart Disease?
The term covers a range of conditions that affect the heart and cardiovascular system. The heart specialists at Cardiology Associates of Morristown diagnose and treat patients for several conditions including:
- Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Coronary heart disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Angina pectoris
- Lipid disorders
- Valvular heart disease
- Pericardial heart disease
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease
Because there are several types, the symptoms will vary from patient to patient depending on the type of heart condition. Anyone experiencing significant and prolonged chest pain, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, and fainting or black outs should seek immediate medical care. Some of the most common symptoms include:
Atherosclerosis (blood vessels) - angina (chest pain), shortness of breath, pain, and numbing in upper and lower extremities, pain in back, upper abdomen, neck, and jaw
Arrhythmias (irregular heart beat) - tachycardia (accelerated heart rate), bradycardia (slower heart rate), dizziness, and fainting
Heart defects - gray or blue pallor, edema (swelling) in extremities and abdomen, shortness of breath and low weight in infants, fatigue, and exhaustion with even light physical exertion
Heart Disease Diagnosis and Treatment in Morristown
Awareness and preventive care should be a priority for every adult. To learn more about your individual risk for developing coronary disease, or if you are experiencing symptoms, contact a cardiologist at Cardiology Associates of Morristown by calling (973) 889-9001 to schedule a consultation today.