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2535 E. Washington St.
East Peoria, Illinois 61611

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Morton, Illinois 61550

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Heart Conditions We Treat

The expert and caring team at UnityPoint Health – Peoria diagnoses and treats a wide range of heart conditions. Our heart specialists offer advanced diagnostics and a range of medical and surgical therapies, along with access to additional experts for uncommon conditions.

You may be able to prevent many heart conditions with simple lifestyle changes. Talk to your doctor about steps you can take to lower your risk or manage heart disease if you have it. 

Types of Heart Conditions We Treat

The medical term for heart disease is cardiovascular disease. This group of disorders includes conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. The conditions we treat include: 

Coronary artery disease

Blockages or narrowing of the arteries causes coronary artery disease. Atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque inside the arteries, causes the blockage. This buildup reduces blood flow to the heart. A complete blockage of an artery is a complex total occlusion, which needs immediate treatment. 

Symptoms of coronary artery disease may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart attack

Treatments for coronary artery disease may include:

  • Lifestyle changes, including losing weight, exercising and quitting smoking
  • Medications
  • Angioplasty and stents
  • Heart bypass surgery   

Heart attack

A heart attack is an emergency that requires immediate medical attention. If you suspect you or someone else is having a heart attack, you should call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. 

Heart attacks occur when something blocks blood flow to the heart. Coronary artery disease contributes to most heart conditions. When blood flow to the heart stops or drastically decreases, it can cause permanent damage to the heart muscle. Symptoms of a heart attack include: 

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain the arm, neck, back, shoulders or jaw
  • Nausea or feeling lightheaded or tired (women are more likely to experience these symptoms)

Treatments may include:

  • Medications
  • Angioplasty
  • Heart bypass surgery

Heart failure

We back up our expert heart failure treatment with close follow-up care, along with a partnership with a Chicago-based academic medical center for more complex cases. Find out more about how we treat heart failure

Heart rhythm disorders

Heart rhythm disorders, also called arrhythmias, occur because of a problem with the heart's electrical system. Arrhythmias occur when the heart beats too fast, too slow or irregularly. 

Types of heart rhythm disorders we treat include: 

  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib): Irregular contraction of the heart's upper chambers 
  • Bradycardia: A heartbeat that is too slow
  • Tachycardia: A heartbeat that is too fast
  • Ventricular fibrillation (VFib): A medical emergency caused by a fast and erratic heartbeat in the heart's lower chambers

Heart rhythm disorder symptoms may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cardiac arrest

Our electrophysiologist can monitor and manage heart rhythm disorders. Treatments may include:

  • Medications
  • Implantable pacemaker and defibrillator devices 
  • Ablation

Heart valve disease

Our nationally accredited heart valve program specializes in expert second opinions, ongoing monitoring and minimally invasive treatments. Learn more about heart valve disease

High blood pressure

High blood pressure makes the heart and blood vessels work harder. If not treated, it can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Most people do not experience any symptoms. 

Your doctor may prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure. You can also manage high blood pressure by: 

  • Eating healthy foods that are low in salt
  • Staying physically active 
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Quitting smoking

Diagnosing and Treating Heart Disease

We diagnose heart disease with specialized imaging and other tests. Once we have a diagnosis, we can develop a treatment plan. Treatments depend on the type of heart condition and can range from medication to open-heart surgery. Find out more about heart imaging and tests and heart surgery and treatments.

Contact Us

Find a heart specialist. Or, for more information, connect with a member of our heart team by calling us at 309-672-4670.