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.
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.
Mended Hearts Support Group Cardiology
Interventional Radiology Procedures
Better Breathers Support Group