Premier Medical Care
Primary Care & Internal Medicine located in Spring Hill, FL
Did you know heart disease is a leading cause of death in America? Someone in this country dies of heart disease every 37 seconds. This condition is an area of focus for Simrita Sidhu, MD, and Ramnik Banwatt, MD, at Premier Medical Care in Spring Hill, Florida. If you or a loved one is concerned about your heart health and searching for ways to prevent or treat heart disease, schedule a visit online or by phone at your earliest convenience.
Heart Disease Q & A
What are some symptoms of heart disease?
There are various types of heart disease, including problems that are congenital (that you’re born with) and those that develop due to genetic factors (that you inherit from you forebears). Most heart disease, however, is the result of your lifestyle choices that place an undue burden on your heart muscle.
Symptoms vary depending on the type of heart disease, but some things to keep an eye out for include:
- Severe chest pain
- Dull, aching chest pain
- A sensation of tightness in your chest
- Pain in your throat, jaw, back, or upper abdomen
- A nagging sensation of discomfort in your chest
- Numbness, weakness, or a sensation of cold in your arms or legs
- Shortness of breath
- Slow heartbeat
Many cases of heart disease don’t have clear symptoms until they’re in an advanced stage. The best way to understand your heart health is to work closely with a physician who can screen for signs of heart disease.
What are some heart disease risk factors?
Researchers know that diet and exercise are primary factors in heart disease. If you consume a diet high in processed foods laden with salt, fat, sugar, and cholesterol, you will have an elevated risk of developing heart disease.
A sedentary lifestyle is also a cause for concern. Your body needs to move on a regular basis, including actions that get your heart pumping. This is true even for men and women who are thin and have a healthy diet.
High levels of stress also tax your heart muscle. Even something as simple as poor-quality sleep can negatively affect your heart health.
There are links between poor hygiene and heart disease, as viruses and bacteria can cause infection in and around your heart. A growing body of evidence supports the link between heart disease and gum disease, so be sure to take great care of your teeth and gums.
What can be done to improve my heart health?
If you already have heart disease, your doctor will discuss your treatment options in detail. Medications can help by lowering your cholesterol and/or blood pressure and supporting your heart function. In some cases, surgery is the best approach, especially if your heart disease poses an immediate threat to your health.
For many men and women, lifestyle medicine is a great way to improve your heart health and prevent heart disease. At Premier Medical Care you have access to a team of skilled practitioners who can help you embrace positive changes.
Lifestyle medicine isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Your doctor works with you to make improvements that align with your goals, preferences, and lifestyle. Adjustments can be made as needed, and your input is always considered when coming up with your treatment plan.
That process begins with a consultation, which you can book online or by phone in just minutes.
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