The story of the heart goes beyond its constant motion and rate. For many, the heart represents the center of our physical health, as well as the powerhouse of our emotions—our moments of excitement, our bounding leaps, our pleasures and pains. It is the organ with which human beings most identify. As a medical specialty, cardiology focuses on finding, treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiologists understand your medical history, provide examinations of your blood pressure, weight, heart, lungs, and blood vessels, and perform procedures such as cardiac catheterizations and implanting pacemakers.
The cardiologists at The Vancouver Clinic hold your heart dear. We provide you with the exact care and insight you need concerning heart health. With us you can find answers regarding chest pain, learn about active steps that will improve your heart health, gain peace of mind prior to operation, and know that your heart health is in the right hands. Most importantly, you’ll continue to get the most out of life while taking great care of your body’s most vital organ.
We are equipped to perform angioplasty, stenting, rotational athrectomy, intracoronary and ultrasound. We also have the ability to complete specialized balloon valvuloplasty and alcohol septal ablations in conjunction with nearby Oregon Health & Science University.
More than 800,000 Americans will die this year from heart attacks and other cardiac illnesses, and many of these deaths will be preventable. Even with a strongly inherited predisposition to heart disease, you can cut your risks dramatically by pursuing a heart healthy lifestyle. This includes a heart healthy diet, exercise, and seeing your cardiologist regularly.
Smoking tobacco is the single most dangerous thing you can do to your heart. Cigarette smoking not only increases your risk of heart disease, but it also worsens other factors that contribute to heart disease, including increasing your blood pressure, decreasing good cholesterol, and making blood clots more likely. People who smoke a pack a day are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack than people who don’t smoke.
It’s all too easy to overlook heart health until something happens. With us as your heart team, expect insight, answers, options, immediate care and aftercare when you need it. We take all matters of the heart seriously so you can continue to enjoy your life free as free of pain and worry as possible.