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Heart and Vascular

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman offers cardiology services ranging from diagnosis by a physician on the medical staff to procedures and follow-up care. Echocardiograms and stress testing are available.

In addition, Texas Health Kaufman is equipped with designated telemetry beds in the inpatient care area for the monitoring of cardiac patients. Should you or a loved one need an invasive heart procedure, cardiologists on the medical staff can refer you to a physician on the medical staff of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas or another Texas Health Resources hospital.

For more information about cardiac services at Texas Health Kaufman, or for referral to a cardiologist on the hospital's medical staff, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

Patient Education

What is Cardiovascular Disease?
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term that covers disorders of the heart and circulatory system. Under this definition, stroke also belongs in the CVD category.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a more specific term that applies to disorders of the heart and the coronary arteries associated with it. CHD may be considered a subset of CVD. Other forms of heart disease such as cardiac arrhythmias, heart-valve anomalies, cardiomyopathies, and congestive heart failure (CHF) are also subsets of CVD.

Cardiovascular disease is most often related to blockages in the arteries. When vessels supplying blood to the heart become clogged, the organ can be starved of oxygen and begin to die. This is called myocardial infarction (MI) or heart attack. When vessels supplying blood to the brain are blocked, brain cells begin to die. This results in a stroke or brain attack.

Cardiovascular disease continues to be the foremost health problem in the United States and the world. However, research is both showing the way to healthier lifestyles that may reduce the incidence of CVD and finding new ways to treat CVD disorders.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading killer of Americans, claiming the lives of more than 40 percent of those who die each year. Cancer, by comparison, is responsible for 23 percent of deaths. Indeed, it is estimated that more than 61 million Americans have cardiovascular disorders, which include diseases of the heart and circulatory system.

Cardiovascular disease has no respecter of gender. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for American women over 60. In fact, 10 times as many women die of cardiovascular disease as do those who succumb to breast cancer.* Twice as many die from CVD as from all forms of cancer combined.

Ethnicity provides no margin of safety either. CVD is the Number one cause of death among African Americans. The death rate from cardiovascular disease in 1999 was approximately 526 per 100,000 people for African-American men and 402 for African-American women, compared with 354 per 100,000 for the total U.S. population. According to the American Heart Association, the rate of high blood pressure (a significant CVD risk factor) in African Americans in the U.S. is also among the highest in the world.

Cardiovascular disease is also the leading killer of Hispanic Americans. Among Latinos, about 29 percent of men and 27 percent of women have cardiovascular disease. CVD takes the lives of almost 31 percent of all Latinos who die each year while cancer is responsible for less than 20 percent of these deaths, according to the American Heart Association.

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