Heart Disease

Primary Care Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics & Geriatricians in Seffner and New Port Richey, FL

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. To protect your heart health, Greenbrook Medical provides a variety of diagnostic testing and screening services for heart disease. Raj Machhar, MD and Prakash Machhar, MD use advanced EKGs and other technologies to evaluate your heart’s function. They also provide customized treatment plans to help you manage existing heart disease and prevent it from worsening. Call the office in Seffner or New Port Richey, Florida today to schedule a heart disease consultation or request an appointment online.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease describes several conditions that affect the health and function of your heart. The physicians at Greenbrook Medical offer diagnostic testing and treatment services for heart problems and diseases like:

Congestive heart failure

Congestive heart failure is a condition that develops when your heart can’t pump enough blood to the rest of your body. It causes blood and fluids to build up in your lungs, ankles, and feet.

Coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease. The condition occurs due to atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the walls of your coronary arteries that supply blood to your heart. The plaque can harden and block blood flow into your heart.

Without treatment, heart disease can increase your risk for a heart attack and damage to the tissues in your heart.

When should I seek treatment for heart disease?

You can have heart disease without knowing it. However, as your condition worsens, you may experience persistent symptoms like:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations (arrhythmia)
  • Edema (swelling) in the ankles, legs, and feet

Schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Greenbrook Medical if you have any of these symptoms. You also need a heart disease screening if you have any risk factors for the condition, such as diabetes, weight challenges, poor diet, or an inactive lifestyle.

The physicians offer EKGs and other diagnostic testing services on-site to determine if your symptoms relate to heart disease. They can also design a care plan to treat your condition and prevent it from worsening.

How is heart disease treated?

Your treatment plan for heart disease depends on the condition you have and the severity of your symptoms.

In early stages of heart disease, you may benefit from lifestyle and diet changes that improve your heart health. You should follow a low-salt, low-fat diet and get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. If you smoke, the Greenbrook Medical physicians can provide resources to help you quit.

If lifestyle and diet modifications aren’t enough to manage your heart disease, you may need medications. There are prescription medications that can thin your blood to improve your circulation and medications to help eliminate excess fluids from your body.

If you have severe heart disease or damage to your heart, you may need a referral for surgery. The physicians can schedule an appointment with a specialist through the care coordination services available on-site.

To schedule diagnostic testing for chest pain or other symptoms of heart disease, call the Greenbrook Medical office nearest to you today or request an appointment online.

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