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Heart and Lung Health

Heart Disease

Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that affect your heart, including:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias)
  • Heart infections
  • Heart defects you're born with (congenital heart defects)

The term "heart disease" is often used interchangeably with "cardiovascular disease." Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as infections and conditions that affect your heart's muscle, valves or beating rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Each minute, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.

Lung Disease

Lung disease is any disease or disorder that occurs in the lungs or that causes the lungs to not work properly. There are three main types of lung disease:

  • Airway diseases affecting the tubes (airways) that carry oxygen and other gases into and out of the lungs
  • Lung tissue diseases affecting the structure of the lung tissue
  • Lung circulation diseases affecting the blood vessels in the lungs, caused by clotting, scarring, or inflammation of the blood vessels

Many lung diseases involve a combination of these three types.

The most common lung diseases include:

  • Asthma
  • Atelectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary edema

Heart and Lung Services at Thompson

Due to the magnitude of heart and lung disease throughout the United States, Thompson Health offers several services to help with diagnosis and treatment of related diseases.
Cardiac Rehabilitation             
    Mended Hearts Support Group Cardiology         
Cardiac Imaging
Interventional Radiology Procedures
Pulmonary Management             
    Better Breathers Support Group
Stroke Center