heart disease

overview

The term “heart disease” refers to many conditions that affect your heart and the blood vessels that carry blood to and from it. 

The most common kind is coronary artery disease, which happens when fatty deposits called plaque build up in the arteries that supply blood to your heart. This makes it hard for oxygen-rich blood to get through them.

You’re more likely to develop heart disease if you’re overweight, inactive or diabetic and if you eat lots of high-fat foods, smoke or have high cholesterol. Your risk increases as you age and if you’re stressed or depressed. It’s also higher if you have a family history of heart disease.

In addition to coronary artery disease, common heart diseases include:

symptoms

Some types of heart disease, like hypertension, cause no symptoms. Others may trigger:

  • Chest pain (angina) or discomfort 
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue or a change in exercise tolerance
  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Heart murmur 
  • Heart palpitations
  • Swelling in your ankles, feet or abdomen
  • Unexplained shortness of breath
  • Weight gain caused by water retention

If you have any of these symptoms or if you think you might have heart disease, talk with your Aurora Health Care doctor.

diagnosis

To diagnose heart disease, your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask about your symptoms. He or she may also order diagnostic tests, to help determine the specific issue.

services & treatment

If you’re diagnosed with heart disease, your doctor will work with you on a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Your plan may include medication as well as lifestyle changes to help you protect your health and your future. Surgery may also be recommended, based on your condition. Post-surgery, we offer full-service rehabilitation to get you back on the road to recovery.

why Aurora?

You're at the Heart of our Care 

Aurora Health Care offers coordinated care for preventing, diagnosing and treating heart and vascular disease. World-renowned heart and vascular specialists diagnose and treat all types of cardiovascular conditions and disorders, using the most advanced state-of-the-art tools and technologies available today. 

We have 15 hospitals and 155 clinics throughout eastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois so you can find a location that's closest to you. 

What’s all this mean to you? Convenient, coordinated and expert care.  

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