Prevention Research for Cardiovascular Disease
KNOW YOUR HEART
Understanding Cardiovascular Disease
The information provided on The Hope Heart Institute’s website is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between patient and physician.Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Stroke is the No. 3 cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability. Fortunately, everyone can take steps to protect their heart–and their life or that of someone else. The key is to reduce your risk factors, know the symptoms, and respond quickly and properly if warning signs occur.The Hope's Clinical Research Program also provides prevention tools for patients through screening for Stroke, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Aortic Aneurysm. These screenings, not typically covered by insurance, are a quick and simple way to test your susceptibility to these three major risk factors for heart disease. For more information on medical screening contact us.
What is Heart Disease?
Plaque and/or blood clots can narrow an artery's blood-flow channel. When this happens, blood flow slows down. The part(s) of the body "fed" by narrowed arteries may not get enough oxygen-rich blood.
Figure A shows a normal artery with normal blood flow. Figure B shows an artery with plaque buildup. Plaque narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow to your heart muscle. It also makes it more likely that blood clots will form in your arteries. Blood clots can partially or completely block blood flow.