Cardiovascular disease or heart disease is any disorder that affects the heart's ability to function normally and is the number one killer in the United States. It is no longer considered a disease that affects just men. More than 42 million women in the United States are living with at least one kind of heart disease. If left untreated heart disease can cause permanent damage to the heart or death.
There are many types of heart disease, including:
- Coronary artery disease occurs when arteries narrow from plaque buildup and prevent the heart from getting enough blood and pumping properly.
- Hypertension or high blood pressure is when blood pressure inside the heart is high, causing the heart to work harder than normal.
- Abnormal heart valves refer to a valve that is either leaky or narrowed which, in turn, affects the flow of blood throughout the heart.
- Cardiomyopathy is a condition that affects the heart muscle, which may leave the heart weak and unable to meet the demands of the body.
Virtua's cardiovascular program provides a continuum of care including cardiovascular prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. The program is staffed by a team of more than 100 board-certified cardiologists, experienced nurses in cardiac care and registered cardiovascular technicians.
Virtua's chest pain protocols allow for rapid identification of the causes of chest pain and provide prompt, high-quality care to all patients. Virtua's cardiac catheterization labs provide full-service diagnostics cauterizations as well as angioplasty and stenting for myocardial infarction (MI) – a heart attack – and acute myocardial infarction (AMI).
Virtua all-digital cardiac catheterization labs at Virtua Memorial and Virtua Marlton are equipped with the latest technology to diagnose and treat narrowed or blocked arteries.