Nancy C. Peters, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursFamily Practice of Centrastate
281 NJ Rte 34 S
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
How does coronary heart disease (CHD) progress?
HealthyWomen answeredCoronary heart disease (CHD) starts with atherosclerosis, a process in which fatty substances build up inside the walls of blood vessels. Blood components also stick on the surface inside vessel walls making the vessels narrower and eventually "hardened" and less flexible. The buildup, or "plaque," may also break apart, which can further limit blood flow. The buildup and narrowing proceed gradually and result in decreasing blood flow, followed by CHD symptoms.
What questions should I ask my doctor about heart disease?
HealthyWomen answeredReview the following questions about heart disease so you're prepared to discuss this important health issue with your doctor.
- What tests should I have, and how often, to monitor my risk factors for developing heart disease or other cardiovascular diseases?
- What do my test results mean? Do I have heart disease?
- What sort of treatment plan do you recommend?
- Am I at high risk for heart-related complications if I take birth control pills?
- What are the possible side effects of medications I've been prescribed?
- What should I do if I experience chest pain or if I think I'm having a heart attack?
- How can I tell the difference between angina and a heart attack?
- I've heard there is new scientific evidence indicating that use of hormone therapy by postmenopausal women can actually increase a woman's risk of developing heart disease, as well as other diseases such as breast cancer. Is it safe to use hormone therapy?
- What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my cardiovascular health?
- Should I take aspirin to help prevent a heart attack? If so, how much and how often?
What is cardiac tamponade?
Cardiac tamponade is a condition caused by too much fluid in the space between the heart and the sac that surrounds it, called the pericardium. This fluid collection can put weight and pressure on the heart, which means that it cannot expand properly and so it does not fill with normal amounts of blood.
Cardiac tamponade is an emergency condition. The inability of the heart to pump enough blood may eventually lead to heart failure.
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