What is Cardiology?

Akasaka Hitotsugidori Clinic is a primary care clinic located in central Tokyo. They were established last year and recently joined the HealthyTOKYO Medical Partner Network. In this article, they’ll discuss the subject of cardiology while explaining several of the dangers that we should all be aware of.

What is cardiology?
Cardiology is a branch of medicine specializing in dealing with disorders and diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Arrhythmia, angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, aneurysm, valvular disease, and heart failure are cited well-known main diseases, but also persons suffering from hypertension, dyslipidemia (hyperlipidemia), arteriosclerosis, diabetes, smoking, and sleep apnea syndrome are at risk and can develop serious cardiovascular disease. Their medical treatment and prevention would also fall under the category of cardiovascular internal medicine.

Cardiac arrhythmia is a condition where the heartbeat is irregular, either too fast or too slow. Persons whose pulse seems to speed up or slow down, experience sudden chest pounding, shortness of breath, or tightening of the chest may be suffering from a case of arrhythmia.

Arteriosclerosis is the thickening and hardening of the walls of arteries. If symptoms are allowed to progress, the risk of developing a serious life-threatening illness such as a myocardial or cerebral infarction or even a cerebral hemorrhage greatly increases. We strongly urge persons to undergo regular tests and checkups to detect any early signs of arteriosclerosis. The first step is to get examined.

Angina pectoris
Known also simply as angina, it is the sensation of chest pain, pressure, or squeezing when the coronary artery becomes narrowed by arteriosclerosis and not enough blood can be supplied to the heart. It is often discovered when a patient reports feeling angina pain (e.g. tightening chest pains). If not responded to or left untreated, angina pectoris can develop into a life-threatening acute myocardial infarction, so please visit your clinic and subject yourself to examination at first sign.

Akasaka Hitotsugidori Clinic offers services for general internal medicine as well as provides doctors from a number of prestigious hospitals who specialize in a variety of areas including those mentioned above.


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