Heart disease is often thought of as being a singular diagnosis, when in
fact there are many different types of heart disease. Heart failure, coronary
microvascular disease, coronary artery disease, and congenital heart defects
are all examples of heart diseases that can benefit from specialized
cardiac care. Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of heart disease aren’t always
easy to detect. Heart disease doesn’t always cause chest pain, for
instance. By reporting unusual changes in your health status to your doctor
at Northwest Medical Center, you can facilitate a timely diagnosis.
Sometimes, patients who talk to their doctors about sexual dysfunction
may be referred for cardiac care. Heart and vascular diseases may involve
the narrowing and hardening of the blood vessels, including those that
lead to the genital region. When blood flow to the penis in men or genital
area in women is restricted, sexual dysfunction may result.
Edema is the medical term for swelling caused by the buildup of fluid in
the tissues. There are many possible causes of edema, including pregnancy,
certain medications, or underlying medical conditions such as congestive
heart failure. In a patient with congestive heart failure, the
heart can no longer efficiently pump all of the blood out of the organ. Blood may accumulate in the legs, ankles,
and feet, resulting in swelling. Sometimes, edema may affect the abdomen.
Pulmonary edema refers to fluid accumulation in the lungs, which can cause
shortness of breath.
Extreme fatigue is another hallmark sign of congestive heart failure. Some
patients may describe the feeling of tiredness as being “crushing”
fatigue. Fatigue may sometimes be indicative of an impending heart attack.
In women in particular, heart attack may be indicated by vague, non-specific
symptoms. Some women report feeling atypically fatigued for days or weeks
leading up to the heart attack.
The Heart and Vascular Institute at
Northwest Medical Center is proud to be Northwest Broward County’s only Cardiac Level II
Licensed Program. The cardiac care services we offer at our Margate, FL
facility include cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology studies, cardiac
rehabilitation, and many more. If you feel you may be having a cardiac
emergency, please call 911 now. Otherwise, contact our hospital at (954) 974-0400.