Preventative Medical Care is Important for Heart Health

Posted on: July 15, 2018

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We provide medical care that can help to prevent and treat heart disease. Visiting a doctor for checkups to monitor heart health is critical since this is a leading cause of death in the United States. If necessary, we can also refer patients to a cardiologist, a specialist who treats and helps prevent disorders of the heart and the circulatory system.

With heart disease being the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women, it is becoming more and more important for people to become more aware of the current state of health of their heart. Whether or not you are currently experiencing symptoms related to heart problems, we can help you.

When it is time to see a doctor

Any time is a good time to visit a doctor for preventative medical care, but some symptoms should not be ignored and should receive medical attention immediately. In some cases, heart disease can be a silent killer that does not present any signs until it is too late — this is why a visit to a doctor for a quick exam should take place, no matter your age or prior heart health. If we observe any of the following, we can begin treating these conditions to prevent heart disease:

High blood pressure

High blood pressure is a sign that the arteries are under too much pressure due to narrowing or damage. Blood pressure should be taken at any doctor visit, and if high blood pressure that remains high consistently is a problem, a heart doctor should be seen. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to death by heart disease or stroke.

High cholesterol

There are two main types of cholesterol, HDL, and LDL. HDL cholesterol is good and helps to eliminate plaque and build up in the arteries, but LDL cholesterol is bad. If cholesterol levels are too high, especially LDL levels, the heart is put under more pressure because it takes a longer time to remove build up, leading to the blood vessels and arteries having to work harder.

Chest discomfort

Chest discomfort can arise from many problems, but heart pain is one of them. If you notice unusual heart pain and you are unsure of the cause, visiting a doctor could put your mind at ease. Although intense chest pain warrants a trip to the emergency room since it could be a sign of a heart attack.

Diabetes

While diabetes is not necessarily a symptom of heart disease, it can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, damage to nerves that control the heart, damage to blood vessels and obesity. Anyone who has diabetes should make it a point to visit a cardiologist on occasion as well to keep up to date on examinations.

Inflammation

Inflammation, whether periodontal disease or another culprit causes it, puts the heart under more pressure and may contribute to the formation of plaque in the arteries.

In addition to these red flags, a family history of heart disease, peripheral artery disease and smoking all require a visit to the doctor. We can diagnosis any heart-related conditions, provide patients with a treatment plan and advice on healthy behaviors to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Visit our office for medical care

To learn more about symptoms you should watch out for related to heart health, visit our medical office today. Schedule an appointment with our office to remain the healthiest version of yourself for as long as possible.

Request an appointment in our North Las Vegas office here: https://encompasscarelv.com.