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Heart Disease

Heart Diseases & Conditions

Heart disease is a dangerous condition, but great progress has been made in the field. There are so many options and treatments available. Touro Heart & Vascular Care in New Orleans is here for you. The best way to maintain heart health is with prevention. Following a heart healthy lifestyle is the key to preventing serious problems. Proactively visiting your primary care physician annually and staying on top of your wellness checks is essential.

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Common Heart Diseases

Coronary artery disease (CAD)

CAD is the leading cause of death in the United States. It occurs when the arteries that supply blood to your heart’s muscles harden and narrow. The result is a decreased blood supply and a heart attack.

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Congestive heart failure

This chronic condition happens when the heart cannot pump blood efficiently, leading to a host of symptoms and conditions. Shortness of breath, fatigue, and rapid heartbeats are symptoms of heart failure.

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Lipid disorders

Lipid disorders occur when there are high levels of fat particles – or lipids – in the blood. Cholesterol and triglycerides are examples of lipids that line blood vessel walls and restrict blood flow. They can increase the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke, but we can treat them efficiently.

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Aortic Valve Disease

Aortic valve disease occurs when the aortic valve doesn’t work properly; it either fails to close tightly (aortic regurgitation or insufficiency) or gets too tight (aortic stenosis).

Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease aka PAD is a condition in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the arms or legs, causing the blood flow to keep up with demand in the extremities.


Heart rhythm problems occur when the electrical signals that coordinate the heart's beats don't work properly causing the heart to beat too fast (tachycardia), too slow (bradycardia) or irregularly.


Hypertension, aka high blood pressure, is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.

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Women and Cardiovascular Disease

Women may be surprised to learn that heart disease is the biggest threat to your health—even more so than breast cancer. And the same factors that put you at risk of a heart attack, also increase your chances of stroke and other health problems. The main risk factors include high blood pressure, smoking, poor diet, diabetes, family history, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle. If your heart is in trouble, your body may send you warning signs. It’s up to you to notice these and talk to your healthcare provider about them. Your health—and your life—could depend on it.

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