Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall, author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter, is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology. Dr. Crandall received his post-graduate training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he also completed three years of research in the Cardiovascular Surgery Division. Dr. Crandall regularly lectures nationally and internationally on preventive cardiology, cardiology healthcare of the elderly, healing, interventional cardiology, and heart transplants. Known as the “Christian physician,” Dr. Crandall has been heralded for his values and message of hope to all his heart patients.

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Heart's Plumbing: Vessels and Valves

By Tuesday, 16 June 2020 04:38 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Your body’s organs are dependent on the heart’s plumbing — the three coronary arteries and the four valves that keep blood flowing in the proper direction.

Atherosclerosis is a condition in which the heart’s arteries grow narrower because of plaque buildup. This slows blood flow and results in chest pain or a blood clot, which can cause a heart attack.

As you grow older, your risk of atherosclerosis increases.

Likewise, the heart’s mitral and aortic valves can suffer wear and tear with aging. Over time, calcium deposits can build up, resulting in a leaky mitral valve (a condition called mitral regurgitation), or a stiff aortic valve (aortic stenosis).

Severe valve disease can cause chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, weakness, palpitations, swelling of the ankles, feet, or abdomen, and unusual weight gain due to fluid accumulation.

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