Find out everything you want to know about this serious but common heart problem.
Has one of our Morristown, NJ, cardiologists, Dr. Mark Blum, Dr. John Cosmi, or Dr. Ira Freilich, recently diagnosed you or a loved one with heart disease? Have you been hearing more and more about heart disease on the news and want to know what you can do to prevent it? Whether you have heart disease or not, it’s important that you are providing your heart with the proper care it needs. Read below to learn the answers to your top questions about this chronic and common health problem.
Q. What is heart disease?
A. Heart disease is made up of different conditions that affect the health and function of the heart. For example, conditions that fall under heart disease may affect the coronary artery, blood vessels, or even the rhythm of the heart (arrhythmias). In some cases, you may have even been born with a congenital heart defect.
Q. What are the symptoms or warning signs of heart disease?
A. The symptoms you experience will depend on the type of heart disease you have. Common symptoms include:
- Chest pain and tightness
- Fluttering of the heart
- Irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Coldness or weakness in the arms or legs
- Swelling around the legs and abdomen
- Quickly fatigued by exercise or certain activities
It’s important to visit our Morristown, NJ, heart doctors if you are noticing any of these symptoms and particularly if you are dealing with chest pain and tightness, or shortness of breath.
Q. How is heart disease diagnosed?
A. When you come in for an appointment we will go through your medical history and discuss the symptoms you are having. We will ask questions regarding your symptoms to get an idea of what’s going on. From there, we can decide the best diagnostic tests. Common tests for heart disease include:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Heart/holter monitor
- Stress test
- CT scan
Q. What are the treatment options for heart disease?
A. Your doctor will discuss the different treatment options available to you depending on the type of heart disease you have. In most cases, this will be a variety of lifestyle changes (e.g. quit smoking; maintain a healthy diet) and medications. Sometimes, surgery may be necessary to repair or correct a defect within the heart.
Here at Cardiology Associates, we want to make sure that everyone gets the proper and comprehensive cardiology diagnosis, treatment, and care they deserve in Morristown. If you are experiencing symptoms of heart disease or you want to discuss the best ways to manage your condition, call our office today at (973) 889-9001.