Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, so identifying and treating it as early as possible is vital. For prevention tips, diagnostic tests, and treatment options for your heart disease, call Lilette Daumas, MD, today and schedule an appointment at her office in Houston, Texas. You can also make an appointment using the convenient online scheduling tool.
Heart disease describes a whole range of conditions that can affect your heart and major blood vessels. These include cardiovascular diseases like coronary artery disease, problems with the rhythm of your heart, and congenital heart diseases. Cardiovascular disease is a form of heart disease and refers specifically to conditions involving narrowed or blocked blood vessels, despite the fact that people often use the terms interchangeably.
Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or managed with healthy lifestyle choices.
Depending on your condition, heart disease can have very different symptoms. Here are some of the symptoms produced by the most common forms:
Atherosclerotic heart disease, a disease in your veins and arteries, most often causes:
It’s important to look out for signs of atherosclerotic heart disease, as it’s one of the most common causes of heart attack and heart failure.
An arrhythmia is an abnormal or irregular heartbeat, causing symptoms like:
Arrhythmia can also cause fainting in some people.
Heart disease can also be a result of infection, a birth defect, or a damaged valve, but luckily there are a number of effective ways to diagnose it. If you think you may be at risk of heart disease, visit Dr. Daumas to find out more.
While heart disease comes in many forms, there are a few ways to help protect yourself from the majority of them. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible. Eat a healthy diet, low in sodium, fat, and alcohol intake, and exercise about 30 minutes most days of the week.
By making these basic healthy lifestyle changes, getting regular physical exams, and managing any other conditions like high blood pressure, you can help prevent some of the worst forms of heart disease.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, call the office today or book an appointment online.