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Number One Killer Disease

Fayetteville, AR - "It is a very prevalent disease worldwide and in the United States. " Dr. Geetha Ramaswamy is a cardiologist with Washington Regional's Walker Heart Institute, and she says that Ischemic Heart Disease is deadly.

"In fact, it is the number one killer disease both among men and women. It is estimated that one out of four deaths in the United States is caused by Ischemic Heart Disease."

Ischemic Heart Disease also known as Coronary Artery Disease is a condition caused by the reduction of blood flow to the heart muscle due to plaque build up in the arteries that supply the heart. 

Some of the risk factors are:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Family History

The common symptoms of Ischemic Heart Disease:

  • Chest Pain  - can be anywhere in the chest.
  • Pain in the jaw.
  • Pain between the shoulder blades.
  • Pain down the arms.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

Symptoms are usually exacerbated by physical activity or at times by emotional stress.

Dr. Ramaswamy says, "Sometimes the first symptom of Ischemic Heart Disease may be a heart attack." 

"Washington Regional's Walker Heart Institute has an excellent team of doctors and mid-level providers, who provide a wide range of services for detection and treatment of Ischemic Heart Disease.  These include office visits, stress tests, angiograms, and a wide variety of other tests.  If you are interested please call Walker Heart Institute at 479-571-4338."

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