Some heart conditions can be relatively mild, while others can be quite serious. The treatment your heart doctor recommends will depend on your diagnosis.
As part of our commitment to delivering the best possible care with dignity and respect, we offer some of the most advanced heart health treatments in the nation. Please request an appointment online at one of our heart care locations for more information or call toll-free 877-860-1141.
Many heart conditions are related to your overall health, which in turn affects your heart health. For this reason, you may need to look at healthier changes you can make in your life.
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases “bad” (LDL) cholesterol levels and causes high blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart disease.
- Avoid foods that are bad for your heart, and eat a heart-healthy diet (like the Mediterranean diet) instead.
- Get regular exercise to control cholesterol levels and strengthen your heart.
- Take care of your mental health. Chronic high stress is one of the risk factors for heart disease.
- Quit smoking. Smoking cigarettes can affect heart health in many negative ways.
Many of these lifestyle changes can be beneficial after undergoing treatment for a cardiac event, such as a heart attack. However, staying healthy is also an important part of heart disease wellness and prevention, and can help lower the chances of having another cardiac event in the future.
There are many different types of medication you can take for certain heart conditions. Each of these has a different effect on the heart and circulatory system that can be beneficial to your health:
- Drugs to widen or narrow your blood vessels to better control blood flow.
- Medication that helps prevent the formation of blood clots.
- Diuretics, which make it easier for your heart to pump by helping your body get rid of excess liquid.
Related drugs, like medicine taken for high cholesterol levels or high blood pressure, can be taken to lower the risk of heart disease before a cardiac event. Some medications may be prescribed to help your heart grow strong again after a cardiac event.
Because the heart and circulatory system are so complex, sometimes surgery is needed to treat a heart condition. Like other treatments for heart disease, there are many different types of heart surgery that can be performed:
- Bypass surgery is among the most commonly performed types of heart surgery. During this procedure, a vein or artery is used to reroute blood flow around blood vessels that have blockages.
- Valve surgery replaces or repairs heart valves that aren’t working properly.
- Pacemakers can be implanted to help control an irregular heartbeat.
- A ventricular assist device (VAD) can aid a weak heart that can’t pump well enough. A VAD is often used in pre-transplant patients, or in patients who have recently undergone heart transplant surgery.
- Heart transplant surgery uses a healthy donor heart to replace a weak or diseased heart. Transplant surgery is an option for end-stage heart failure patients, or people with other serious heart conditions.
Surgery can also be performed to repair aneurysms (a bulge in the wall of the heart or an artery) or other heart-related health concerns. Some surgical procedures can help your heart work better by clearing arterial blockages so blood can flow freely again.