Help and information for treating cardiovascular disease in Hawaii

Heart disease – useful information and links

The Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute 9500 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44195 Phone: (216) 444-2200 or (800) 659-7822

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery 500 Cummings Center Suite 4550 Beverly, MA 01915 Phone: (978) 927-8330 Fax: (978) 524-8890 Email:

American College of Cardiology Heart House 2400 N Street NW Washington DC, 20037 (800) 253-4636, ext. 5603 or (202) 375-6000 Fax: (202) 375-7000

American Heart Association American Heart Association National Center 7272 Greenville Avenue Dallas, Texas 75231 1-800-AHA-USA-1 or 1-800-242-8721

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association 322 Green Pond Rd P.O. Box 306 Hibernia NJ 07842 Phone: (973) 983-7429 Email:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Eat for a Healthy Heart Department of Health and Human Services 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20993 Phone: 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)

The Long QT Syndrome: The Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation (SADS) 508 E. South Temple, Suite #202 Salt Lake City, UT 84102 1-800-786-7723

The Mended Hearts, Inc. (for heart surgery patients) 8150 N. Central Expressway, M2248 Dallas, TX 75206 Phone: 1-888-432-7899 Email:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute NHLBI Health Information Center P.O. Box 30105 Bethesda, MD 20824-0150 Phone: (301) 592-8573 Email:

Heart Rhythm Society 1325 G Street, NW Ste 400 Washington, D.C. 20005 Phone: (202) 464-3400 Fax: (202) 464-3401

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 633 N. Saint Clair Street, Floor 23 Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: (312) 202-5800 Fax: (312) 202-5801

TRIO -- Transplant Recipients International Organization, Inc. 13705 Currant Loop, Gainesville, VA 20155-3031 Phone: 1-800-TRIO-386 or (202) 293-0980 Email:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health 200 Independence Ave, SW Room 712E Washington, DC 20201 Phone: (800) 994-9662

Adult Congenital Heart Association

The Canadian Adult Congenital Network

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network

Congenital Heart Center Encyclopedia A service of Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati

Cut to the Heart

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

Go Red for Women


What is heart disease?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 600000 Americans die of heart disease each year. That is one in every four deaths in the United States alone. The term heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease which can cause heart attack. Other kinds of heart disease may involve the valves in the heart or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. Some people are born with heart disease.

What are the signs and symptoms?

The symptoms vary depending on the type of heart disease. For many people chest discomfort or a heart attack is the first sign. Someone having a heart attack may experience several symptoms including chest pain or discomfort that does not go away after a few minutes. Pain or discomfort in the jaw or neck or back may be symptoms of heart disease. Weakness or light headedness and nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) or a cold sweat may also be associated with heart disease. Pain or discomfort in the arms or shoulder and shortness of breath are also symptoms.

How is heart disease diagnosed?

Your doctor can perform several tests to diagnose heart disease including chest X-rays orcoronary angiograms or electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG) and exercise stress tests.

Can it be prevented?

You can take several steps to reduce your risk for heart disease including not smokin,g and maintain a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet and regular exercise. What also helps with hearth disease prevention is treating other health conditions, especially high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

How is it treated?

Lifestyle changes can help lower your risk for complications. Your doctor also may prescribe medication to treat the disease. Talk with your doctor about the best ways to reduce your heart disease risk.