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Types of Cardiovascular Disease We Treat at Cardiac Solutions

Cardiac Solutions specializes in treating a variety of cardiovascular conditions at our offices in Peoria. There are several types of cardiovascular disease, and it’s important to be informed about each of them. We’re proud to offer diagnostic testing, clinical programs, and surgical options to our patients in the Phoenix area. Our physician-owned business provides a comprehensive range of cardiac health services. We treat multiple cardiovascular conditions, including coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, Chronic venous disease, Valvular heart disease, and more at our offices in Sun City West. Learn more about these conditions, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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Coronary Artery Disease

Your arteries are responsible for providing your heart with its supply of blood and oxygen. coronary artery disease refers to a narrowing of the coronary arteries. This disease may also be referred to as ischemic heart disease or atherosclerotic heart disease. When plaque builds up, the coronary arteries narrow. Symptoms of coronary artery disease include decreasing blood flow, shortness of breath, insufficient blood flow to the heart, causing chest pain known as angina, and more. A heart attack will occur from a complete blockage of a major coronary artery. For this reason, coronary artery disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Peripheral Artery Disease

Your arteries act as vessels, carrying oxygenated blood from your heart to your organs and extremities. Similar to your coronary arteries, peripheral arteries also narrow when plaque builds up. This decreases blood flow in your body and occurs most commonly in the legs. peripheral artery disease occurs more frequently in individuals who have a long history of smoking or uncontrolled diabetes. During its earlier stages, peripheral artery disease may cause leg pain, which often flares up after walking long distances. This condition is known as claudication. When left untreated, peripheral artery disease can worsen, sometimes causing leg pain even while sitting or lying down. At its worse, peripheral artery disease can lead to lower extremity wounds or even gangrene, sometimes requiring amputation.

Chronic Venous Disease

Your veins are responsible for transporting deoxygenated blood from your extremities and organs back to your heart. Chronic venous disease is a condition resulting from long-term vein problems. Also called chronic venous insufficiency, this problem occurs most frequently in the legs. Venous disease is the result of an obstruction in a vein or when blood pools in a vein from excess vein damage or pressure. There are many stages, signs, and symptoms of Chronic venous disease. The most recognized is spider or varicose veins on the surface of your affected leg. Venous disease may result in leg cramps, itchiness, aching, swelling, and heaviness in the affected leg. In the most severe cases, venous disease can result in venous leg ulcers.

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Valvular Heart Disease

The human heart has four valves that open and close at precise times during the cardiac cycle. This allows blood to flow through the various chambers of the heart and prevent blood from flowing backward. Valvular heart disease, or heart valve disease, refers to the conditions in which one or more of those heart valves does not open or close as efficiently as it should. Heart valves may become narrowed or stiffen over time, resulting in a condition referred to as stenosis. This requires more force to open the valve, causing your heart to pump harder than usual to compensate. Sometimes a heart valve does not close completely, causing blood to flow backward. Common symptoms associated with heart valve disease include shortness of breath, chest discomfort, weakness or dizziness, swollen legs or abdomen, palpations, and more.

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Other types of cardiovascular diseases we treat at our offices in Peoria, Sun City West, and Glendale include arrhythmias, heart failure, structural heart disease, renal artery disease, carotid artery disease, and pulmonary embolism. Dr. Joseph Caplan founded our clinics in 1984, and we’ve established a solid reputation for innovative cardiology treatments and personalized cardiovascular care. We believe that education is key. If you or a loved one is experiencing any symptoms described above, be sure to request an appointment with us right away. Being proactive can do wonders for your health, and we hope to see you soon.

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