Chronic Heart Conditions
1) What are the common chronic heart conditions?
- Coronary artery disease (narrowing of the arteries) and heart attack
- Abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias
- Heart failure of any cause
- Heart valve disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
- Pericardial disease
- Aorta and Vascular disease (blood vessel disease)
2) How long does it take to schedule a new patient appointment for an evaluation and treatment of chronic heart conditions?
Typically only a couple of days. If you pay out of pocket we can see you the next business day. If you want to use your insurance it may take 3-5 days.
3) Do you accept new patients with chronic heart conditions?
Yes, we do. We ask to bring available reports, blood tests from other providers and the current regiment of medications.
4) Do you routinely screen for chronic heart conditions in the office?
Absolutely, we check vitals, do a thorough physical examination including a retina exam, blood tests and urinalysis, ECG, 24 Hours Heart monitoring, cardiac treadmill stress test, an ultrasound of the heart, kidneys, aorta and major peripheral blood vessels.
5) Can I transfer chronic heart conditions to my children?
Some chronic heart conditions are hereditary. Specifically coronary artery disease, heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), and vascular disease (blood vessel disease).
6) What are the common causes of chronic heart conditions?
Certain conditions, such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease), abnormally high levels of bad cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, poorly functioning thyroid gland, excessive intake of alcohol, obesity, cigarette smoking, congenital or acquired heart valve problems, defects in the heart septum or infections may gradually leave your heart too weak or stiff to fill and pump efficiently.
7) Who is most affected by chronic heart conditions?
The number of people affected by heart disease increases with age in both men and women. About four-out-of-five people who die of coronary heart disease are 65 or older. Because heart disease becomes more common as you age, it’s important to have regular checkups and watch your heart disease risk factors.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics, and Caucasians. For American Indians or Alaska Natives and Asians or Pacific Islanders, heart disease is second only to cancer.
8) What are the common complications of untreated or poorly treated chronic heart conditions?
One of the most common complications of heart disease, heart failure, occurs when your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. Heart failure can result from many forms of heart disease, including heart defects, cardiovascular disease, valvular heart disease, heart infections or cardiomyopathy.
9) Is life expectancy affected by chronic heart conditions?
Life expectancy with congestive heart failure varies depending on the severity of the condition, genetics, age, and other factors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around one-half of all people diagnosed with congestive heart failure will survive beyond five years. Only around 10% of people diagnosed with the condition survive at least 10 years, according to a study published in August 2013 in the journal Circulation Research.
10) What is the best course of action for patients with Chronic heart condition?
Early detection of the problem is quintessential in the successful outcome of management for this condition. Modification of the risk factors, appropriate changes of the lifestyle and treatment are the key factors to the success in dealing with this problem.
11) How frequently do you typically need to follow up for a good control chronic heart conditions?
Well controlled chronic heart conditions without complications and side effects from the medications usually require once-a-month office visits and 4-5 times-a-year laboratory tests. About once a year we do an eye exam, ECG, 24 Hours Heart monitoring, Cardiac Treadmill Stress Test, ultrasounds and consultation with a dietician.