LibertyMed Health Group
Board Certified Family Medicine Physicians located in Glendale, CA
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but with effective medical care, you can reduce the risks to your heart health. At LibertyMed Health Group in Glendale, California, Ara Shafrazian, MD, and Arthur Babakhanians, MD, diagnose and treat heart disease. They provide customized treatment plans to improve and protect your health. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.
Heart Disease Q&A
What is heart disease?
Heart disease is the collective term for a group of conditions that affect your cardiovascular system, including your heart and coronary blood vessels. Some common types of heart disease include:
Coronary artery disease
Coronary artery disease develops when the arteries that feed your heart are damaged or diseased and don’t supply your heart with enough blood. It’s often due to atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries. The disease also increases your risk of heart failure and angina.
Arrhythmia is an abnormal heartbeat. Your heart could beat too quickly or slowly, or it might have an irregular rhythm. Unusual electrical activity in your heart is the usual cause of an arrhythmia.
Congenital heart disease
Congenital heart disease includes structural deformities that have been present since birth. For example, you might have abnormal valves, holes between your heart chambers, or narrow openings between your heart chambers that prevent blood from moving efficiently.
What are the symptoms of heart disease?
Heart disease can cause several symptoms. For example, depending on your condition, you might experience:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Fluttering feeling in your chest
- Bluish tint to the skin
- Cold hands and feet
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
Heart disease doesn’t always cause noticeable symptoms — many patients don’t know they have heart disease until they have a heart attack.
How is heart disease diagnosed?
The team at LibertyMed Health Group listens to your heart, checks your blood pressure, and offers lab tests to screen for signs of heart disease. If they think you have heart disease, they order additional testing to evaluate your condition.
For example, your doctor might order electrocardiograms (EKGs), echocardiograms, or stress tests to assess your heart function.
How is heart disease treated?
When it comes to heart disease, prevention is critical. During your routine physical exam, your doctor might recommend lifestyle adjustments to improve your heart health, including dietary changes, additional physical activity, and smoking cessation.
If lifestyle changes aren’t sufficient, they might prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol or regulate your heart activity. The team provides referrals to cardiologists if you have advanced heart disease and need a surgical procedure to improve your heart health.
Call LibertyMed Health Group today or make an appointment online for expert monitoring and treatment for heart disease.