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Heart Conditions

Samsun Clinic’s highly skilled and experienced cardiologists provide comprehensive care for the full spectrum of cardiac conditions, ranging  from the most common forms of heart disease to the most complex cases.

Complete Cardiac Care, from Detection through Rehabilitation

Sansum Clinic offers the most advanced heart disease diagnostic tools to quickly and accurately identify your heart condition and get you on the right treatment path. Our nationally accredited echocardiography lab, the first of its kind in the Santa Barbara region, offers state-of-the-art technology to detect potential problems early.

If your diagnosis requires cardiac intervention, our cardiologists specialize in minimally invasive, catheter-based treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD), valvular and congenital heart disease and more cardiac conditions. And, to get you back on your feet and help prevent a recurrence of your heart condition, we offer an extensive cardiac rehabilitation program and free heart health education classes.

Heart Conditions We Treat

Just a few of our specialties include:

Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Arrhythmia)

Normally, the heart beats in a regular rhythm and at an appropriate rate for the work the body is doing. An arrhythmia—when the heart beats too fast or too slow—results from a problem in the heart’s electrical system, which controls heart rate and rhythm. Risk factors include heavy smoking, alcohol use, excess caffeine or other stimulants, stress, thyroid disease and fever. Some arrhythmias can be treated with medicine. Others may require an electrical shock, surgery or a pacemaker.

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

CAD is the most common type of heart disease and the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. Coronary arteries supply the heart with blood and oxygen. When fatty deposits called plaque build up inside the arteries, they narrow the arteries and reduce the amount of blood that gets to your heart. This can lead to serious problems, including heart attack. Common risk factors include age (older than 65), smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and a family history of heart disease. Treatment for this heart condition focuses on managing your symptoms and reducing your risk for heart attack and stroke through lifestyle changes. You will likely be prescribed medicine and may have a procedure to open your arteries.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Blood pressure is a measure of how hard the blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body. It's normal for blood pressure to fluctuate throughout the day, but if it stays high, it starts to damage the blood vessels, heart and kidneys. This can lead to heart attack, stroke and other heart conditions. High blood pressure is called a "silent killer,' because it doesn't usually cause symptoms. Doctors typically can't point to the exact cause of this heart condition, though several factors are known to raise blood pressure, including obesity and alcohol abuse. Treatment, which may include lifestyle changes and medicine, depends on how high your blood pressure is, whether you have other health problems such as diabetes and whether any organs have already been damaged.

Heart Failure

Heart failure doesn’t mean your heart has stopped; rather, it isn’t pumping as much blood as your body needs. The body can compensate for a while, but the condition worsens over time. Left untreated, it can suddenly cause other heart conditions, including stroke, heart attack and more. Common causes include high blood pressure, heart attack, coronary artery disease and diabetes. Most people with heart failure need to take several medicines and make lifestyle changes. In more severe cases, patients may require a pacemaker or defibrillator.

See a Heart Care Specialist

Take charge of your heart health—make an appointment with a Sansum Clinic cardiologist now. For more information about any of these heart conditions, please call (805) 898-3138.

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