Care About Your Heart
What's the most important muscle in your body? When you think of the vital role your heart plays in keeping your blood circulating, it's a slam dunk that your heart muscle is the one muscle you want to ensure is healthy and strong. Exercise and eating a well-balanced diet, as well as maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, can go a long way to keeping your heart ticking along.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, things can go wrong with your heart. When this happens you want to make sure you get the best care possible and know your options. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States about 610,000 people (1 in 4) die from heart disease each year. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
It's always wise to get checked out if you have the following symptoms as outlined by the American Heart Association:
- Chest discomfort
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body such as in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
- Cold sweats, nausea or feeling lightheaded
Heart attack symptoms, especially for women, can be subtle and easily mistaken for other ailments such as a back problem or tiredness. So, when the above symptoms or a heart or vascular condition brings you into your doctor's office — or even an emergency room — it may serious. But don't panic. We're here for you.
Once you're with a specialist, you're a step closer to managing your condition or a full recovery. Banner Health's heart and vascular team is ready and close by.
Why Should I Choose Banner Health?
We're proud of our patients and their outcomes. Together, we've earned national recognition for success with heart procedures. We use minimally invasive and robotic surgeries whenever we can.
After surgery, our Progressive Care unit makes your transition easier from cardiac intensive care to later recovery. Then we support you with cardiac rehabilitation and all the education and support you need to recover.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Not all heart and vascular conditions require surgery. Lifestyle changes and medication can help. If surgery is the best treatment, we'll explain your options and recommend a treatment.
We offer traditional open-heart surgery along with many other specialized treatments. A few of them include:
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
- Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant
- Limb salvage
- Maze procedure
- Sapien transcatheter heart valve replacement
- Transmyocardial vascularization (TMR)
From heart attack to heart failure and from vascular disease to valve replacement, our specialists treat each patient and each condition individually.
Where Can I Get More Information?
If you have a heart condition, you may worry, and you may have questions. We can help you find the answers you need. Our heart specialists are here to answer any questions you have. We can also point you to more resources on heart health topics on our Education & Support page.
If your heart doctor recommends a certain screening or procedure, or if you need surgery, we can help you understand what to expect.