Heart Disease Specialist

DFW MDcare

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Plano, TX

Every year, around 655,000 Americans are diagnosed with heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. The team of physicians at DFW MDcare in Plano, Texas, provides expert heart disease diagnosis and personalized treatment plans to restore and protect your health. Call the practice today or schedule a consultation online for patient-focused care for heart disease.

Heart Disease Q&A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease, sometimes called cardiovascular disease, is an umbrella term for several conditions that affect your heart and the arteries that supply it with blood. Some of the most prevalent types of heart disease include:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats)
  • Heart valve abnormalities
  • Stroke

While your genetics and family history contribute to your risk of heart disease, lifestyle factors such as your weight, diet, exercise, and smoking also affect your chances of developing heart disease. 

What are the warning signs of heart disease?

Heart disease might not cause noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Health metrics, including your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, are the best way to monitor your heart health. 

However, as heart disease progresses, you might experience symptoms, including:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • A fluttering feeling in your chest
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Swelling in your legs, abdomen, or around your eyes
  • Fainting

If you have chest pain, you should seek immediate medical treatment, especially if you also have shortness of breath, dizziness, or numbness in your arms or legs. 

How is heart disease diagnosed?

The physicians at DFW MDcare offer comprehensive exams and testing to diagnose heart disease. They begin by reviewing your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle factors. 

During your physical exam, they check your blood pressure and listen to your heart and lungs. They also look for other signs of heart disease such as swelling or reduced blood pressure or temperature in your extremities. 

Your doctor also orders blood tests to check for other indicators of heart disease. Depending on the results of your exam and testing, your doctor might recommend additional testing such as echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, and stress tests to evaluate your heart function.

What are the available treatments for heart disease?

Your physician customizes your treatment program to address your individual needs. Your plan could include:

  • Dietary changes
  • Physical activity
  • Smoking cessation

Your doctor might also prescribe medication to address high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, or other heart health issues. In some cases, you might need a medical procedure such as angiography or stenting to open a blocked artery.

Call DFW MDcare or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for heart disease.