Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Offers Information on Heart Disease

The Centers For Disease Control states heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. Each year, about 610,000 people die from heart disease. It is imperative individuals learn all they can about heart disease and what they can do to protect the health of their heart and cardiovascular system. Aside from seeing the doctor on a regular basis, these tips will be helpful in ensuring a person is able to protect their heart health.

The leading cause of heart disease is Atherosclerosis. This occurs when fatty plaque builds up in the arteries, causing them to become hardened. As plaque buildup occurs, it causes the walls of the arteries to thicken. This along, with the plaque buildup lessen blood flow to the heart. Heart disease can sometimes be prevented and often develops because of:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • High-fat diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle

If a person is at risk of developing heart disease, they need to see their doctor on a regular basis so their arteries and heart can be checked. There are a variety of tests Lahey Hospital & Medical Center offers their patients so their heart disease can be diagnosed or ruled out:

  • An Electrocardiogram records the electrical signals sent to the heart so the doctor can determine if there are any irregularities in the structure of the heart or its rhythm. These may be performed during rest or exercise.
  • A Holter monitor can be worn by the patient as they go about their normal routine. It is typically worn for at least twenty-four hours and can be used to help the doctor detect irregularities.
  • An Echocardiogram is an ultrasound test that allows for detailed images of the heart to be viewed so a proper diagnosis can be reached.
  • A Cardiac CT Scan is sometimes used to diagnose a patient with heart disease and other problems.

If heart disease runs in your family or you have other risk factors, it is important you see your doctor on a regular basis so you can undergo testing to ensure your heart is functioning as it should. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact the Interventional Cardiology Department. Learn more about the hospital by visiting