From emergency heart attacks to long-term heart failure, HonorHealth offers expert treatment for a wide range of heart conditions.
Coronary artery disease (also known as heart disease) — a narrowing of the arteries that lead to the heart — is the most common type of heart disease. However, it's just one of the many conditions HonorHealth experts treat on a routine basis.
Conditions that affect the structures of the heart include valve disease, arrhythmias and aortic aneurysms. Circulatory disorders include peripheral vascular disease. Conditions include:
- Aortic aneurysm: An abnormal enlargement, or bulging, of the wall of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body.
- Arrhythmias: Disorders of the heart rhythm include bradycardia (when the heart beats too slowly), tachycardia (when the heart beats too quickly) and atrial fibrillation (an altogether irregular heartbeat).
- Coronary artery disease (heart disease): Over time, the coronary arteries — the blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle — become narrowed and blocked by fatty deposits called plaques.
- Heart failure: A progressive disorder in which the heart loses its ability to pump enough blood to the rest of the body.
- Heart valve disease: Malfunctioning heart valves can allow blood to leak, or regurgitate, in the wrong direction or not open completely, blocking blood flow.
- Hypertension (high blood pressure): Hypertension can damage blood vessels throughout the body by stretching artery walls thin, raising the risk for aneurysm.
- Myocardial infarction (heart attack): The heart relies on a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to function. A heart attack results when that blood supply becomes interrupted, causing the heart muscle to begin to die.
- Stroke: Just as an interruption of blood flow to the heart causes heart attack, an interruption of blood flow to the brain causes stroke — a "brain attack."
- Peripheral vascular disease: A progressive disorder that narrows blood vessels beyond the heart and brain — on the periphery, or extremities, of the body — primarily in the pelvis, legs and arms.