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Know Your Risk for Heart Disease

Each year, thousands of people in our community are affected by heart disease. The good news is you can take steps to help prevent heart disease before it strikes. Start by understanding your risk and learning how you can take care of your heart.

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Understanding Your Heart Health Options

Our nationally recognized Heart & Vascular Institute offers the latest diagnostic resources and medical and surgical treatment for a wide variety of conditions, right here in Lancaster County.

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A-Fib

A-Fib is the most common type of irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia. The heart normally beats in a strong, steady rhythm. With atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers (atria) of the heart may beat rapidly and irregularly, resulting in poor blood flow to the body.

This is dangerous because if the heartbeat isn’t strong and steady, blood can collect in the atria. Pooled blood is more likely to form clots, which can travel to the brain, block blood flow, and cause a stroke. A-Fib can also lead to heart failure.

Congestive Heart Failure

Heart failure means that your heart muscle doesn't pump as much blood as your body needs. Failure doesn't mean that your heart has stopped. It means that your heart is not pumping as well as it should.

Anything that damages your heart or affects how well it pumps can lead to heart failure. Common causes of heart failure are high blood pressure, heart attack, or coronary artery disease.

TCAR

TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR), is a new procedure to treat carotid artery disease—a narrowing of the carotid arteries in the neck that increases a person’s risk of stroke. TCAR offers a safer way for doctors to insert a stent in the carotid artery to restore blood flow to the brain.

This less-invasive procedure is especially well-suited for patients who are at higher risk of surgical complications because of their age or other health issues.

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Common heart attack symptoms can include:

  • Discomfort in the chest and other areas of the upper body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, and lightheadedness

“It’s important to be aware of your body and know what to do if something happens,” recalled Jason, who credits the well-rounded care he received at The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health with where he is today—as active as before his heart attack and pursuing a new career.

Guided by The Heart Group team, Jason went to cardiac rehab, underwent genetic testing, and attended classes on diet and exercise.

“One of the biggest changes I made was going from a higher stress career into farming,” he said. “On an everyday basis, I’m grateful for the health that I have and the ability to be here with my family.”

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The Heart Group of LG Health offers the latest, most advanced treatment and clinical expertise. We have locations in Lancaster, Lebanon, Elizabethtown, Parkesburg and Ephrata.

Please fill out the secure form, and a heart specialist will contact you to schedule an appointment at a location convenient for you.

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