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Heart disease

Heart disease is an umbrella term used to describe diseases that affect the heart, including blood vessel diseases, heart arrhythmias and congenital heart defects. Heart disease can often lead to serious complications, like heart attack or stroke.

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Cardiovascular disease treatments and care in Florida

When you have symptoms of heart disease, it can be unsettling, to say the least. The exceptionally trained cardiac specialists, surgeons and nurses at HCA Florida Healthcare's hospitals are here to help ease those feelings.

We will educate you on your condition and help you understand what you can do about it. This might mean making lifestyle changes, or it might mean talking about surgical treatment. We can help you with both things, offering you extensive education and support resources as well as exceptionally trained and experienced cardiovascular surgeons.

Is your heart healthy

Understanding your heart health is critical to getting the care you need. We offer a health risk assessment to help get you started.

Understanding your heart health is critical to getting the care you need. We offer a health risk assessment to help get you started.

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Types of heart disease

Heart disease actually refers to many different conditions that impact the heart's structure or ability to function. It can refer to:

Our heart disease treatments and services

If you have heart disease, we offer a range of treatment options, including developing personalized treatment plans to change your lifestyle in heart-healthy ways.

Heart surgery

If you need it, our cardiovascular surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in heart and vascular surgery. Some of the procedures your doctor may recommend include:

  • Angioplasty and stents
  • Bypass surgery
  • Cardioversion
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation
  • Pacemaker implantation
Heart transplant surgery for heart disease

In extreme cases, your doctor may recommend a heart transplant. If this happens, we offer an experienced heart transplant team. We'll make sure you understand everything you need to know about the procedure, what the transplant process is like and that you have access to all of our postsurgical care resources.

Recognizing symptoms of heart disease

Some symptoms to look for include:

  • Angina (pain or pains in the chest or heart area)
  • Chest tightness or pressure
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Pain, numbness or weakness in the arm(s), shoulder(s) or neck
  • Shortness of breath

Unfortunately, many of these symptoms may also be signs of a heart attack or another serious condition.

If you think you are experiencing signs of a heart attack, call 911.

Preventing heart disease

There are many ways we can detect heart problems early, such as using specialized heart screening and imaging exams. There are also many steps we can help you take to prevent heart issues, including:

  • Getting blood tests to check your cholesterol levels
  • Having your blood pressure checked regularly
  • Discussing your health history with a qualified physician
Risk factors of heart disease

In addition to the steps above, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to know your risk of developing heart disease. Talk to your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • A family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol

Additionally, gender and age impact your risk of heart disease. Women 55 years old or older (or past menopause) and men 45 years or older are at higher risk of developing heart disease. Others at high risk include smokers, those who do not exercise regularly and those who experience higher tension and stress in day-to-day life.

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