Understanding Heart Disease

There are a variety of types of heart disease including:

  • Congenital heart defects
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart infections
  • Heart valve diseases
  • Irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias
  • Vascular disease
  • Weak heart muscles or cardiomyopathy

Smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and inactivity can increase your risk of developing this condition. For many patients with heart disease, lifestyle modifications can relieve symptoms and decrease the risk of further complications. Some of these lifestyle modifications include quitting smoking, eating healthier, and exercising regularly. In more serious cases, medical treatments that can involve surgery may be necessary.


Know the Symptoms of Heart Disease

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the symptoms of heart disease, it is important to see a specialist for the expert diagnosis and possible treatments needed. Our team at Augusta University Cardiovascular Center has the experience and expertise to care for any heart or vascular condition. Women may experience different symptoms of heart disease, so it is important to be aware of a range of symptoms, including:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Faster heart beat
  • General weakness
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Nausea or heartburn
  • Pain or discomfort in arms, neck, back or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Uncomfortable pressure in the chest
  • Unusual sweating or breaking out in a cold sweat


Learn more about heart disease from our blog articles that can help you further understand, prevent, and control this life-threatening disease:

Community Education on Early Heart Attack Care

Learn More About Heart Rhythm Issues

Attack Proof your Heart

6 Heart-Healthy Habits