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Preventive Cardiology Program — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Coronary artery disease, also known as ischemic heart disease, occurs when the heart can’t get enough blood and oxygen. This is caused by atherosclerosis a buildup of cholesterol and other material, called plaque, along the inner walls of the arteries.
  • Diabetes occurs when you lack the hormone insulin or when your insulin is not able to work effectively to move blood sugar (blood glucose) to the body’s cells. That causes glucose to rise to abnormally high levels in your blood, which can cause damage to many organs.
  • A heart attack (myocardial infarction) occurs when part of your heart muscle is damaged or dies due to a lack of blood flow to the area, which deprives it of oxygen.
  • Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries as the heart pumps blood. High blood pressure (hypertension) occurs when that force is too high and begins harming the heart and blood vessels.
  • High cholesterol, having too much cholesterol in your bloodstream, can lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and other heart problems.
  • Triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood, are an important measure of your health, especially your heart. If your triglyceride levels are too high, you may have a higher risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes or heart disease.  
  • A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops due to a clot, causing brain cells to stop receiving oxygen. There are several types of stroke and stroke-related conditions: ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA).