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Code STEMI Response Team: WakeMed Heart and Vascular’s specialized cardiac team works with Wake County EMS and WakeMed’s Emergency Department and Catheterization Lab to expedite care for patients suffering from heart attacks and acute coronary syndrome.
Heart disease includes hundreds of conditions — from coronary artery disease, heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias to congenital heart conditions, valve problems and aortic aneurysms.
WakeMed’s specialized cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons expertly evaluate and treat patients with every variety of cardiovascular disease.
The causes of cardiovascular disease are varied. While many conditions are acquired due to factors such as smoking, diabetes and obesity, others are present at birth. Atherosclerosis — the buildup of fats and plaques in the blood vessels and coronary arteries — and electrical abnormalities in the heart are common causes.
People with heart disease can experience a wide variety of symptoms, including:
Some people may have no symptoms at all. Women with heart disease tend to experience symptoms differently than men.
Diagnosing Heart Disease A variety of cardiovascular tests and studies can be used to evaluate and diagnose heart disease and look at overall cardiovascular health. These may include:
There are scores of treatments for heart disease, and they depend upon the type and severity of the condition. Heart disease treatments include:
If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of cardiovascular disease, please make an appointment today with one of WakeMed’s experienced cardiovascular specialists.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610