Q: What is heart disease?
A: Heart disease is a general term that encompasses several heart conditions. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease, in which the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle become hardened and narrowed due to the buildup of plaque (atherosclerosis). Blood flow to the heart is reduced, which reduces oxygen to the heart muscle and can lead to heart attack. Other heart conditions include angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.
Q: What is vascular disease?
A: Vascular disease includes any condition that affects your circulatory system, such as peripheral artery disease, aneurysm, renal artery disease, Raynaud's disease, Buerger's disease, peripheral venous disease, varicose veins, and venous blood clots.
Q: How can I support the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center?
A: Any financial gift would be greatly appreciated; visit the Methodist Hospital Foundation Web page to find out how you can help.
For more information about the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, please call 713-DEBAKEY (332-2539) or complete our online contact us form.