Cardiovascular Disease

Sunny View Medical Center

Family Medicine Practice located in Phoenix, AZ

As a full-service medical practice, Sunny View Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona works with patients to screen for and prevent chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease. For a patient already diagnosed with a condition affecting the circulatory system and heart, they create a management strategy to control the problem and reduce the damage. Cardiovascular diseases range from congenital heart defects to hypertension to stroke. Each one requires a comprehensive care plan.

Cardiovascular Disease Q & A

Sunny View Medical Center

What is cardiovascular disease?

Although cardiovascular disease and heart disease are often used interchangeably, cardiovascular refers to the heart or blood vessels and the disease part is the narrowing or blocking of blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Often cardiovascular disease is seen as an umbrella term for conditions that affect both the heart and blood vessels that circulate blood such as hypertension, congestive heart failure and peripheral vascular disease.

Does cardiovascular disease mean you’ve had a heart attack?

No, it is a condition that puts you at risk for not only a heart attack but a stroke, as well. When plaque, a sticky substance that builds up the in blood, attaches to the walls of the arteries, it causes them to narrow or may even block that passage completely. When this happens, the heart must work harder to circulate blood and that can lead to blood clots.

When a clot forms in the coronary artery, it can block blood flow moving to or around the heart until the muscle tissue starts to die. This is a myocardial infarction or heart attack and it is directly related to the cardiovascular disease.

How is cardiovascular disease prevented?

This is where having a comprehensive family practice on your team comes in handy. Most forms of cardiovascular diseases are preventable simply by making key lifestyle changes. The doctor can help you incorporate a heart-healthy diet into your life. You will learn the benefits of regular exercise and weight management, and how to get started as well.

Part of cardiovascular disease prevention includes managing your blood pressure and cholesterol levels with lifestyle changes and drug therapy, if necessary.

What are the symptoms of cardiovascular disease?

The symptoms vary based on the underlying cause. Some people have no symptoms until they have a stroke or heart attack, which is why wellness care is so important. A few things to watch for include:

  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain or numbness is the legs or arms
  • Radiating pain in the arms, neck, jaw, upper abdomen or back

You might also notice abnormal heartbeats or arrhythmias. Your heart could be slowing down, going faster or even missing beats.

Some of our Accepted Insurances

Sunny View Medical Center accepts the following insurances. Please contact your specific plan to confirm that we are contracted with your specific network.

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Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield