Understanding Chest Pain
Coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death among men and women in the United States. Approximately 1.2 million Americans experience heart attacks each year, and nearly one third of them die BEFORE they reach a hospital.
At St. Peter’s Health Partners, we are committed to providing quality cardiovascular care. Patients who have chest pain receive prompt assessments followed by expert diagnosis, management and treatment through our Cardiac and Vascular program. We work in the community to educate – bringing you heart screenings, blood pressure checks and cholesterol checks.
Understanding Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease is a broad term referring to all disorders of the heart, as well as those within the entire circulatory system (“cardio” means heart, “vascular” means blood vessels) from head to toe. It includes coronary artery disease, valve disease, disease of the heart muscle, electrical disturbances of the heart rhythm, high blood pressure, aneurysms, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. It is not a “man’s disease.” In fact, heart disease is the #1 killer of American women today, more than breast and lung cancers combined.
Whether you are female or male, recognizing the symptoms and risks, making lifestyle changes and getting timely care can save your life.
Heart disease risk factors include:
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Excessive alcohol use
• Inactive lifestyle
• Excess weight of 20 pounds or more
• Family history of heart attacks or strokes