Heart and Vascular Care at Good Shepherd
Leading-edge technology combined with specialized experience
Millions of Americans are affected by heart disease every year. Heart disease is a simple term used to describe several problems related to atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up on the walls of the arteries. This makes it more difficult for blood to flow and it increases the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Additional types of heart disease include heart failure, irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and heart valve problems. The Good Shepherd Health System heart team has treated the East Texas community for more than 25 years and continues to enhance the level of care through innovation and technology.
Good Shepherd’s experience in heart care makes the difference. Good Shepherd continues its dedication to leading edge technology so patients receive the most advanced care available.
Proactive Vascular Screenings
Screening for heart disease is useful in certain high-risk groups in the elderly population. Anyone over the age of 55 has a higher risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and therefore would have a greater chance of developing vascular disease. Other well-recognized risk factors include:
High blood pressure
Family history of atherosclerotic problems and circulatory problems
Talk to your primary care physician today to learn about your likelihood of risk as well as possible screenings that can benefit your health and well-being.
Men and women who participate in cardiac rehabilitation have a 56% lower risk of death and a 28% reduced risk of experiencing another heart attack within three years after the attack. Therefore, improved functional capacity and quality of life coupled with lower mortality are of significant benefit to cardiac rehabilitation patients. Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, cardiac rehab at Good Shepherd provides comprehensive cardiovascular risk reduction services to patients with cardiovascular disease. Offering a continuum of care between the inpatient and outpatient setting, our programs are designed to decrease morbidity, mortality and improve a variety of clinical and behavioral outcomes including quality of life.
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