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Heart Health


Cardiovascular disease is a serious illness that can cause life-threatening consequences, such as heart attack and stroke. Also known as heart disease, cardiovascular disease encompasses many different types of illnesses and conditions affecting the structure and functionality of the heart and blood vessels. Examples include atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, heart valve problems and heart failure.

Did you know that 1.5 million people suffer a heart attack or stroke every year in the U.S.? Far more – approximately 26.6 million – live with chronic heart disease. Unfortunately, many people in Vail are unaware of their cardiovascular health until they suffer an adverse even.,  While it is the leading cause of death in both men and women, cardiovascular disease and acute conditions related to it are also highly preventable, treatable, and in many cases reversible with the right care.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a heart attack and a stroke?

Many people in Vail are unaware of the differences between a heart attack and stroke or the symptoms associated with them. Both conditions occur when plaque accumulates in the arteries, narrowing the passage of blood. If a clot forms, it can prevent blood flow altogether, resulting in a heart attack or stroke. Heart attacks occur when a blood clot inhibits blood flow to the heart, whereas a stroke occurs when a clot prevents blood flow to the brain.

What are the symptoms of heart attack and stroke?

The symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, and discomfort that radiates into the arms, back, or jaw. A person having a stroke may experience facial drooping, muscle weakness, confusion, slurred speech, partial paralysis, headache and impaired vision. If you experience any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.

How can Vail Medical Center and Weightloss help prevent heart attack or stroke?

Whether you have already experienced a heart attack or stroke or are considered at-risk for an adverse cardiovascular event, treatments are available to lower your risk.  At our office, we work with your surgeons and specialists to coordinate care according to your needs. In many cases, this includes Coumadin management, as well as PT/INR evaluations to determine the effectiveness of your blood thinning treatment and how quickly your blood will clot. We also provide Vail EKGs, as well as holter monitoring to record a patient’s heart rate, palpitations, and irregular rhythms over a 24-hour period. The information we obtain from these tests helps determine whether a patient could benefit from specific medical procedures or changes to medications and dosages.

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