Answers to Common Questions
Find answers to frequently asked questions about a variety of health conditions, like heart attack, high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation.
Fatigue is often described as extreme tiredness and can affect either physical health, mental health, or both. Most often, fatigue is caused by a number of factors such diet or lack of sleep and exercise. In some cases, however, fatigue may be a sign of underlying conditions, such as depression, sleep apnea, heart disease and diabetes. It’s important to discuss feelings of fatigue with a doctor to help identify the cause and relieve symptoms.
An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm that causes the heart to beat too quickly, too slowly or irregularly. There are many types of arrhythmias, some of which are harmless. However, treatment may be required depending on the type and severity of arrhythmia a patient has.
Vasovagal syncope is the most common cause of fainting. It occurs when heart rate and blood pressure suddenly drop, causing a brief loss of consciousness. Vasovagal syncope is often triggered by stressful events, such as seeing blood or getting a shot. Although fainting is generally not serious, it’s important to see a doctor if it happens often or is associated with other symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain.
COPD is a chronic disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD is often caused by smoking and can cause symptoms like difficulty breathing, coughing and wheezing. Although COPD worsens over time, proper treatment and management helps improve outcomes and quality of life.
Microvascular disease, or non-obstructive heart disease, occurs when the heart’s small blood vessels are damaged, decreasing blood flow to the heart. Women develop non-obstructive heart disease more often than men. Diagnosing this condition can be a challenge, since standard tests are not designed to detect this microvascular disease.
Treatment depends on which major type of cardiomyopathy a patient has. However, goals of treatment are usually to minimize symptoms, reduce risk of complications and prevent the condition from worsening. Treatment options may include medication, surgery, and/or medical devices.
Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare disorder in which a pregnant woman’s heart becomes weakened and enlarged. This condition typically develops during the last month of pregnancy or within the first five months after the baby is born.