Heart & Vascular Research
Research in the field of cardiology involves the study of diseases of the heart. Cardiovascular or heart disease includes a number of conditions affecting the structures or function of the heart. They can include:
- Coronary artery disease (including heart attack)
- Abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias
- Heart failure
- Heart valve disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
- Pericardial disease
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. Research involving cardiology investigates how the heart functions and ways to help prevent or treat heart disease. Treatments may include medications, therapies and devices (such as stents, pacemakers or mechanical heart devices); or lifestyle changes that address the problems associated with heart disease.
The vascular system is the network of blood vessels found throughout the body. Vascular diseases are very common, especially as people age.
Vascular diseases include:
- Stroke (a clogged or narrowed blood vessel of the brain)
- Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot breaks loose and travels to the heart and lungs)
- Aneurysms (ballooning of a blood vessel)
- Peripheral Arterial Disease (chronic disease effecting arteries of the limbs)