Cardiovascular Health Specialist

West Plano Medical Associates -  - Internal Medicine

West Plano Medical Associates

Internal Medicine located in Plano, TX

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, but there are plenty of steps you can take to make sure your heart and blood vessels function well. At West Plano Medical Associates, Safoora Harandi, MD, Sarah Guido-NP, and Julie Ramus-NP, evaluates your cardiovascular health during your regular physicals and can provide additional testing if you’re at risk for cardiovascular disease. To set up an appointment, call West Plano Medical Associates today or schedule your visit online.

Cardiovascular Health Q & A

What is cardiovascular health?

Your cardiovascular system includes your heart and blood vessels, which are responsible for supplying all of your muscles and organs with oxygenated blood. 

Its health and continuous functioning are vital to your survival, and it’s important to engage in behaviors that promote your cardiovascular health even if your genetics don’t put you at risk. 

West Plano Medical Associates helps you make your cardiovascular health a priority in your day-to-day life, whether you currently have a heart or blood vessel condition or not. 

They can also provide various assessments of your cardiovascular health like electrocardiograms (EKGs), blood pressure readings, and blood tests. 

Which conditions can impact my cardiovascular health?

The group of conditions affecting your cardiovascular health falls under the umbrella term cardiovascular disease. You might have a cardiovascular disease that affects your heart, one that affects your arteries or veins, or one that affects the whole system.

Some of the most common cardiovascular conditions originating from complications with the heart include:

  • Angina (chest pain from low blood flow to the heart)
  • Coronary artery disease (a disease of the arteries within your heart)
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)
  • Heart failure (the inability of your heart to contract or relax)
  • Congenital heart disease (heart abnormalities present from birth)

Sometimes, cardiovascular diseases arise from complications with your veins or arteries. Atherosclerosis, for example, develops when your arteries become narrower due to plaque buildup along the inner walls. High blood pressure is often a result of this condition and is referred to as the “silent killer” because it doesn’t come with symptoms for most people.

Other vascular and arterial diseases include aneurysms, clotting disorders, and renal artery disease. 

How can I improve my cardiovascular health?

Improving the health of your heart, veins, and arteries doesn’t have to involve complex medical procedures or pharmaceuticals. 

In fact, there’s a lot you can do at home to help the system work more efficiently, prevent complications in the future, and reduce the effects of current cardiovascular diseases.

West Plano Medical Associates can track your cardiovascular health during your regular physical exams. To help you improve or maintain your cardiovascular health, they might recommend:

Dietary changes

Some of the foods you eat have a positive impact on your cardiovascular health, like fruits, vegetables, and fish oils, while others aren’t so great. Your physician can help you cut out or reduce processed foods, saturated fat, and sugar. 

Weight loss

Excess body fat puts you at a higher risk for many cardiovascular diseases like heart failure and atherosclerosis. Even losing just 5-10% of your body fat can lead to significant improvements in your heart and blood vessel health. 

Behavior changes

Your current habits might be hard to adjust, but smoking cessation, reduced alcohol consumption, and increased exercise can all lead to a healthier heart. 

In some cases, medications are also needed. Your physician helps you understand your cardiovascular health and take the necessary steps to improve it. 

For answers to all of your questions about cardiovascular health, call West Plano Medical Associates today or schedule an appointment online.

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