Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Sadly, it’s on track to remain that way for the foreseeable future, because about half of all Americans are at risk for heart disease. For many, a sedentary lifestyle with inadequate physical exercise is combined with an unhealthy diet. This leads to a host of problems that can affect your cardiovascular system, including obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, and more.
Yet, in the vast majority of cases, heart disease is entirely preventable.
At CPC Multi-Specialty Group in north Alabama, we offer comprehensive cardiology care and treatment – to help you and your loved ones remain heart healthy in the long term.
When to See a Cardiologist
In most cases, your primary care provider may refer you to a cardiologist if you have certain symptoms or diagnostic test results. You may need to see a heart specialist if you are experiencing any of the following cardiovascular signs and symptoms:
- Sensation of squeezing in the chest or torso
- Pain in the chest, jaw, or shoulder
- High blood pressure, low blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
- Heartbeat abnormalities
- Heart palpitations (a feeling that your heart is racing for a short period of time)
- Excessive sweating
- Dizziness or vertigo
- An overwhelming sensation of uneasiness
- Difficulty breathing
Note: If you are currently experiencing life-threatening signs or symptoms – such as sudden, severe shortness of breath, chest pain, or a loss of consciousness – this is considered a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately or visit the nearest emergency room.
Family History of Heart Disease?
If you have a family history of heart disease, you may have an even greater risk of developing cardiovascular issues. You could benefit immensely from consulting a cardiologist – before any noticeable problems appear. A cardiologist can answer heart health questions you have, address your concerns, as well as offer recommendations and guidance on how best to prevent certain cardiovascular problems, even with a predisposition to heart disease.
Cardiovascular Conditions We Treat
Heart problems can be present at birth, occur as a complication of chronic health conditions (such as diabetes, high blood pressure/cholesterol, and sleep apnea), or develop as a result of certain lifestyle choices (like smoking, a lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet, stress, and excessive alcohol intake).
Cardiovascular issues we treat include:
- Congenital heart disease
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- Heart infections
- Heart valve disease
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
Diagnosis & Treatment
After a thorough physical exam and review of your medical history, your CPC Multi-Specialty Group cardiologist may recommend blood tests, as well as other diagnostic testing that may include:
- Cardiac CT scan
- Cardiac MRI
- Cardiac stress test
- Coronary angiogram
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Holter monitoring
Some of the most common cardiovascular treatments we provide include:
- Medications – including statins (to lower cholesterol levels), aspirin/clopidogrel/warfarin (to prevent blood clots), nitroglycerin (to relieve chest pain), beta-blockers (to lower blood pressure), ACE inhibitors (to treat heart failure), and more
- Cardiac catheterization – used to diagnose and treat some heart conditions
- Coronary angioplasty and stenting – a minimally invasive method of opening clogged arteries
- Pacemakers – to control an irregular heartbeat
Our Cardiology Location
To find out more about our cardiology services, or to make an appointment with a cardiologist, call CPC Multi-Specialty Group in Cullman, Alabama, at (256) 736-2273 or request an appointment now.