Keeping Your Heart Healthy
About 610,000 Americans die from heart disease every year, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Detecting cardiovascular problems early and learning how to keep your heart healthy can help protect you from a wide range of heart diseases.
The most prevalent forms of cardiovascular disease are:
- Coronary artery disease — The most common type of cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease occurs when a waxy substance called plaque builds up within a person's blood vessels and decreases blood flow to the heart. That can lead to chest pain or eventually a heart attack.
- Heart attack or heart failure — Heart attack takes place when the flow of oxygen-containing blood to the heart is blocked. When the heart muscle cannot get oxygen, sections of the muscle begin to die if blood flow is not restored quickly.
- Arrhythmia — Also known as "irregular heartbeat," arrhythmia is any change to the electrical impulses that control heartbeat. The heart may beat too fast, too slow or erratically, preventing it from effectively pumping blood. That, in turn, can lead to damage to the lungs, brain and other organs.
- Heart valve conditions — Four valves help control the flow of blood through your heart as it circulates blood throughout your body. There are a number of conditions — including stenosis, mitral valve prolapse and regurgitant valves — that can affect your heart. While many of those conditions can be the result of aging, others can be causes by illnesses or disease, such as rheumatic fever.
We Can Help You Care for Your Heart
The Cardiology Department at Corona Regional offers the following cardiovascular services:
Electrophysiology Studies Lab/Catheterization Lab
Cardiologists can test and treat your heart for health issues at a Catheterization Lab. Doctors perform diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures using a long, thin tube called a catheter. Your doctor inserts the catheter into a blood vessel to reach your heart. Once the catheter is positioned, your doctor can perform certain procedures to measure the strength and wellness of your heart.
Corona Regional also offers electrophysiology (EP) studies in the cath lab. EP studies record the heart’s electrical activity using an electrode catheter. In addition, doctors are able to implant pacemakers, implantable loop recorders and implantable cardioverter defibrillator devices at the cath lab.
Ablation with 3D Mapping
Ablation is a treatment option for an arrhythmia, also known as an irregular heartbeat. Arrhythmias are caused by heart disease, aging, a birth defect or high blood pressure. Doctors perform ablation procedures to try and correct an irregular heartbeat using radiofrequency energy delivered by a catheter. This targeted energy can destroy a small area of heart tissue and cure arrhythmias.
With 3D mapping, doctors create a picture of your anatomy to pinpoint the area of the arrhythmia. The 3D map lets your doctor navigate the heart without using X-rays, allowing for quicker procedure times and limiting your exposure to radiation.
What Are the Signs of a Possible Heart Attack?
According to the American Heart Association, men and women may experience different signs of a heart attack, in addition to the typical indicators:
- Discomfort in the center of the chest
- Pain that spreads to the neck, shoulders and arms
- Shortness of breath or nausea
In men, signs that include fainting or feelings of lightheadedness could indicate a possible heart attack. Women may experience back or jaw pain, palpitations, mild flu-like symptoms and unexplained anxiety or weakness if they are possibly having a heart attack.