Heart and blood vessel disease is usually related to atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries, where plaque builds up and narrows the arteries. This can cause a heart attack or stroke. Heart failure, or congestive heart failure, means the heart isn’t pumping blood efficiently and the body isn’t getting enough oxygen and blood. Arrythmia, a heart that beats too fast or too slow, and heart valve disorders that can be re also problems.
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Confusion, memory loss
- Atherosclerosis can lead to coronary artery disease and cause chest pain, a heart attack or heart failure — the leading cause of death for men and women in America.
- Heart failure, or congestive heart disease can cause changes in your heart’s structure so it can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. If left untreated it increases the risk of hospitalization and death.
- Untreated arrythmia may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, dementia, and heart failure. If left untreated, advanced valve disease can cause heart failure, stroke, blood clots or death due to sudden cardiac arrest.
- It’s critical that advanced heart valve disease, like aortic stenosis (AS), be treated; otherwise, it can lead to heart failure, and death.