At the core of our services is preventive cardiology. We offer treatment for the following cardiovascular diseases as well as comprehensive diagnostic testing:
Coronary Artery Disease
The number 1 killer of both men and women in America, coronary artery disease is the result of plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. When plaque builds on the walls of the arteries, blood flow is restricted to the heart, causing heart attacks. When plaque builds in the arteries leading to the brain, this can cause strokes.
Coronary Angioplasty and Stents
Coronary angioplasty is used to open clogged heart arteries and improve symptoms of blocked arteries, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. Angioplasty involves temporarily inserting and inflating a tiny balloon where your artery is clogged to help widen the artery. Angioplasty is often combined with the permanent placement of a small wire mesh tube called a stent to help prop the artery open and decrease its chance of narrowing again. Some stents are coated with medication to help keep your artery open (drug-eluting stents), while others are not (bare-metal stents).
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects 1 in 4 adults. It is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it rarely causes symptoms. Left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke. People are at risk for hypertension if they smoke, consume too much alcohol, are obese or have a family history of the disease.
Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure is a result of the heart’s decreased ability to pump enough blood to the rest of the body. The heart’s chambers can also be too stiff and can not relax enough to fill with blood. Great advances in the treatment of heart failure have been made in the cardiology field over the last several decades. With early detection and the right treatment, congestive heart failure can be managed effectively.
Valvular Heart Disease
Valvular heart disease occurs when the heart valves do not work properly. The heart’s valves regulate the flow of blood from the arteries and between the chambers of the heart. If the blood flow is not regulated properly, the heart muscle must work much harder to compensate. Many people with valvular heart disease have been born with a physical defect to the heart.
An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. Arrhythmias can cause the heart to beat too fast or too slow. There are many different types of arrhythmias and they can be caused by several different factors, including coronary artery disease, changes to the heart muscle, injury from a heart attack or high blood pressure.
Lipids are tiny particles that circulate in the bloodstream and have many different functions, like energy storage. Some of those lipids are more commonly known as cholesterol. They are particles of fat. Some are good fats (HDL) and some are bad fats (LDL or triglycerides). Managing cholesterol is an important step in ensuring a healthy cardiovascular system and reducing the risk of heart attack and strokes.
A pacemaker is a small device that is placed in the chest to pace the heart when the heart rate is too slow. This helps people with a slow heartbeat by relieving symptoms such as tiredness and fainting.
We regularly test and treat patients who are prescribed anticoagulation – or the blood thinner – Coumadin. Using Coumadin requires regular testing to determine how much or how little the medicine is working to help prevent blood clots. We also prescribe the newer anticoagulation medications as alternatives if appropriate.
We work with our patients to determine a nutrition and exercise plan that fits their lifestyle and helps them attain an ideal weight and achieve optimal health.