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Disease Management

When your primary care provider refers you to the Heart and Vascular Institute for disease management, our team of specialists create a plan as individual as you are. Our goal is to slow the progress of your disease, reduce symptoms and help you live a full and healthy life.

Coordinated Care
When you choose Arnot Health, you receive personalized care from dedicated specialists who have access to state-of-the-art facilities and technology. A specialized healthcare professional provides direct care and coordinates treatment for chronic heart and vascular conditions including:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Heart valve disease
  • Dyspnea/Shortness of Breath
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Managing Your Health
Your disease management plan depends on your condition and your lifestyle. It may include medical therapies, procedures, medications, support groups, and self care. We help you:

  • Reduce health risks
  • Optimize your medications
  • Develop an exercise program
  • Define a healthy eating plan
  • Quit smoking

Know the signs and symptoms

Shortness of Breath for No Apparent Reason. Dyspnea
Unlike normal mild breathing problems caused by a stuffy nose or experienced after vigorous exercise, shortness of breath for no apparent reason can be a sign of possible heart, lung, allergy or other health problems.

Make an appointment with your physician if you have

  • swelling in feet and ankles
  • lips or fingertips which are turning blue
  • wheezing
  • tightness in the throat or a barking croupy cough
  • worsening of pre-existing shortness of breath
  • shortness of breath after slight activity or while at rest
  • shortness of breath that disrupts sleep

Do your legs hurt when you walk? Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a condition where narrowing of the arteries causes decreased blood flow to the arms, legs or other non-cardiac parts of the body. The condition builds up over time, so people can have PVD and not know it. If there are symptoms, such as pain or leg cramps, some people think it is a natural part of aging or due to some other cause.

Symptoms of PVD can include:

  • tingling or numbness
  • one limb colder than the other
  • weakness in one limb
  • poor nail growth
  • pain in the legs or feet that disturbs sleep
  • sores that heal poorly or not at all
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