Coronary Artery Disease
Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death and a major cause of disability. Heart disease can be inherited (congenital) or acquired during a lifetime of factors such as a damaging diet, lack of exercise, and the presence of stress. Most commonly, heart disease affects the coronary arteries, where plaque obstructs blood flow in the vessels that carry blood to the heart muscle. That plaque can build up (arthrosclerosis) and stop the blood flow, resulting in a heart attack or stroke. Other kinds of heart problems may involve the heart’s valves, muscles, or electrical system. For example, heart failure (congestive heart failure) may be diagnosed if your heart cannot deliver adequate amounts of oxygen to the body. If you are at risk for heart disease, there are several steps you can take to prevent or postpone the onset of symptoms. If lifestyle changes do not forestall heart disease, you may find that many diagnostic and treatment advances have become available in recent years. Advances in medicine, surgical techniques, and various medical technologies provide patients with additional options for help.
At UAB, you will receive expert, personalized primary cardiology services from our General Cardiology clinics both on campus and at our suburban center at Acton Road just off I-459. Specialists from UAB’s world-renowned team of cardiologists offer you the best evidence-based care for coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, rhythm disturbances, diseased valves, and other heart and vessel conditions. And when you visit our clinics, you can expect friendly, personalized care backed by UAB’s sophisticated facilities and equipment.
When Sarah Ford found out she needed heart surgery, she made the drive from her home in Dothan to Birmingham to receive treatment at UAB. The experienced surgeons, compassionate staff, and cutting-edge care at UAB made her feel secure and safe.
Premature Ventricular Contraction
Premature ventricular contraction, or PVC, is a condition that causes an extra heartbeat or an abnormal heartbeat that occurs earlier than it should. This abnormality originates in the two lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles), but it also may occur in the upper chambers of the heart (the atria). Premature ventricular contraction often manifests as an additional heartbeat, followed by a pause then a stronger, quicker heartbeat. It may be described as a flutter, or the heart skipping a beat.
Premature ventricular contractions are very common in all age groups, and most people will experience them at some point in their lives. For normal, healthy people, the occasional period of premature ventricular contractions is no need for concern and typically does not require treatment. For those with an underlying health condition, such as heart disease, premature ventricular contractions may cause additional problems or be indicative of worsening conditions. PVC may be brought on by something as simple as excess caffeine, a change in the body's electrolytes, or medicines such as albuterol. More serious health conditions, such as pneumonia or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), could trigger PVC as a result of having too little oxygen in the blood.
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