Heart and Vascular Conditions

The heart specialists at Missouri Baptist treat a variety of conditions.

An aneurysm is a bulge located in a blood vessel. Aneurysms occur if the wall of the aorta becomes weakened by the build up of fatty deposits called plaque or atherosclerosis.

An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat. Arrhythmias are classified into two main categories: arrhythmias that begin in the atria and arrhythmias that begin in the ventricles.

Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease and the number one cause of death in the United States in both men and women.

Heart Attack
The most common type of heart disease is coronary heart disease. This disease involves the buildup of plaque on the inner walls of the heart's arteries. Very often this plaque can completely block the flow of blood to part of the heart muscle - causing a heart attack.

Marfan Syndrome
Marfan Syndrome is a disease of the body’s connective tissue. Because connective tissue is found throughout the body, Marfan Syndrome can affect many systems, including the lungs, skin, eyes, skeletal, nervous, heart and blood vessels.

Vascular Disease
Vascular disease affects the blood vessels and veins and is most often caused by atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). When arteries become blocked, blood flow can be limited to the heart, brain, kidneys, stomach and legs.

Valve Disease
The four valves in our heart make sure blood flows in a forward direction through the heart and out to the body. The most common types of valve conditions occur when the valve fails to open easily or fails to close properly.

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