Patient Education from Capital Cardiology Associates
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease. A heart attack is a frightening, confusing and stressful experience. There are several conditions and factors involved in cardiac disease and treatment. Our Patient Education is an online resource to help provide basic information on heart health. Please be sure to ask your doctor any questions you have.
To learn more about heart conditions, watch patient education videos, or to download our brochures, click on the images below.
After a Heart Attack
This page discusses information you need to know after you have had a heart attack or myocardial infarction, including: warning symptoms, exercise, diet, medications, emotions, lifestyle changes, risk factors and community resources.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
If the wall of your aorta in your abdomen weakens and balloons outward, you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. It’s a serious condition, and one that often has no warning signs.
Cardiac Risk Factors
Factors that increase your risk of coronary artery disease include some you can’t control and several that you can. Learn how your activity, cigarette smoking, diet, and exercise all impact your overall heart health.
High Blood Pressure
When your heart beats, it pushes blood through your arteries. This creates pressure against the artery walls. If this pressure is too high, you have high blood pressure. It’s a common disease. But if you don’t manage it properly, it can cause health problems.
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
This congenital heart condition occurs when the left side of the heart does not develop normally. It is a rare and complex condition that results in an inadequate supply of oxygenated blood to the body.
Ischemic Heart Disease
Also known as coronary artery disease, this form of heart disease damages the heart’s major blood vessels. Ischemia is when the blood flow (which includes oxygen) is restricted or reduced in part of the body.
Your lungs and your heart share a special functioning, relationship. When the blood flow from your heart to your lungs is blocked by a clot, disease, or clog – you heart has to work harder to push blood to one of your vital organs.
When blood flow to a part of your brain is stopped, you can have a stroke. Without oxygen and nutrients from the blood, brain cells die quickly. A stroke can damage your brain. It can even kill you. According to The National Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
This condition, commonly called “VTE,” occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep within your body. This can happen in your leg, or in another part of your body.
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
This congenital defect creates abnormal blood flow through the heart. It may result in a murmur that can be heard on exam and it can be diagnosed by an echocardiogram.