This condition happens when the inner walls of arteries become narrower due to a buildup of plaque. The plaque is a sticky substance often caused by a diet high in fat, cigarette smoking, diabetes or hypertension. This buildup makes it harder for blood to flow through arteries, resulting in the body working harder to get enough oxygen to critical organs. It can cause chest pain, shortness of breath and eventually, heart attack, stroke, or painful extremities. Luckily you came to the University of Miami Health System, where specialists are leading the way in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
At UHealth, you have the benefit of multidisciplinary clinics specifically set up to manage your atherosclerosis:
- Center for Heart Disease Prevention
- Center for Diabetes and Heart Disease
- Center for Women’s Heart Disease
Why Choose UHealth?
Advanced heart failure therapies. Leading edge treatments include ventricular assist devices and heart transplant. For advanced heart disease, options for treatment go beyond what is available in the community to prolong life and give you or your loved one a second chance.
Multidisciplinary care by recognized specialists in their field. In complex cases, heart disease care may require the services of a cardiothoracic surgeon, an interventional cardiologist, a lung specialist, a diabetes specialist and a geneticist. Your doctors talk to each other and make sure all specialties involved in your care are on-board with a unified treatment plan.
Over 80 million American adults (more than one in three) have cardiovascular disease (CVD). Nearly 2,300 Americans die of CVD every day — that’s one death every 38 seconds. This number can be significantly reduced through education and early detection.