Heart & Vascular Care Institute

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Empowering you to effectively manage your chronic cardiac condition

You may have felt alarmed to learn you have a chronic cardiac condition. Although receiving this diagnosis may have frightened you, it is treatable. While your heart no longer works as well as it should, many people live with this condition without ever suffering a heart attack. With the right team in place, the right medications and devices prescribed as needed, and the right lifestyle changes, you can enjoy a healthy, happy life. That’s where Heartwise, an initiative focused on empowering patients to better manage their chronic cardiac conditions, can help.

A chronic cardiac condition usually occurs as the result of a diseased or damaged heart. While many conditions can weaken the heart, common conditions are:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Valve disease
  • Cardiomyopathy

Symptoms of a chronic cardiac condition can range from mild to severe and vary from person to person. Depending on the cause, symptoms can manifest suddenly or develop gradually. A very mild condition may show no visible signs at all. It is important to recognize the signs as soon as they appear, and treat the condition early with the help of your cardiac healthcare team. Treatment varies from patient to patient. Your cardiac healthcare team will determine the treatment plan that will work best for you.

For more information, call Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute at 417.347.5000.

Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
1102 W. 32nd St.
Joplin, Missouri 64804