An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat. For many people, arrhythmias are harmless, but some may cause serious issues. We help you know the difference between a benign condition and one requiring treatment or monitoring.
Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a result of the heart’s decreased ability to pump enough blood to the rest of your body. The chambers of the heart may be too stiff to fill with enough blood. With CHF, blood flowing away from your heart slows down so that the blood returning to your heart backs up. This causes congestion in your tissues, which leads to swelling in your legs and ankles.
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a plaque buildup in the arteries that interferes with the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart. This can sometimes cause you to experience angina, a specific type of chest pain. When enough plaque builds up, it restricts blood flow, which can cause a heart attack.
Heart Valve Disease
Heart valve problems occur when one or more of the four valves in your heart doesn’t work properly, either not opening fully or closing improperly. As a result, blood can leak back into the heart’s chambers.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Often referred to as the silent killer because it rarely causes symptoms, hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the force of blood against your artery walls is too high.
Lipid Management (High Cholesterol)
Lipids are tiny particles that circulate in the bloodstream and have many different functions, like energy storage. Some of those lipids are more commonly known as cholesterol. There are good forms of cholesterol (HDL) and bad forms (LDL or triglycerides). Managing cholesterol is an important step in ensuring a healthy cardiovascular system and reducing the risk of heart attack and strokes.