Heart Disease

Heart Disease

Heart Disease services offered in Bellevue, WA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that up to 80% of premature heart disease and strokes are preventable, yet they’re still the top cause of death in women and men. The experienced primary care team at Medical Arts Associates P.S. in Bellevue, Washington, offers comprehensive care for heart disease, including assessing your risk, creating a plan to help you prevent heart problems, and managing your health after heart disease develops. Call the office or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online today to learn more about heart disease.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a general term that includes all the problems affecting your heart. Several of the most common heart diseases include:

  • Coronary artery disease (cholesterol clogs heart arteries)
  • Heart valve disease (valves don’t work properly)
  • Heart arrhythmias (fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat)
  • Myocarditis (inflamed heart muscles)
  • Pericarditis (inflammation around the heart)
  • Cardiomyopathy (stiff, thickened, or enlarged heart muscles)

Don’t hesitate to call Medical Arts Associates P.S. if you have questions about heart disease.

How will I know I have heart disease?

Every type of heart disease may cause the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain and/or pressure
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

You could also have other symptoms, depending on the specific disease, such as: 

  • Fast heartbeat
  • A feeling of fluttering in your chest
  • Swollen legs, ankles, feet, and/or abdomen
  • Flu-like symptoms (body aches, joint pain, sore throat)
  • Coughing when lying down
  • Difficulty sleeping while lying flat
  • Urinating frequently during the night
  • Difficulty exercising (getting tired or out of breath quickly)

If you have any symptoms, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with the compassionate team at Medical Arts Associates P.S.

Am I at risk for heart disease?

You’re more likely to develop heart disease if you have any of these risk factors:

  • Overweight and obesity
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol (hyperlipidemia)
  • High blood sugar or Type 2 diabetes
  • Excessive drinking
  • Smoking tobacco products
  • Lack of physical activity

Your risk also increases as you get older and if you have a family history of heart disease.

How can I prevent or manage heart disease?

The compassionate Medical Arts Associates P.S. team creates customized plans to help you prevent or manage heart disease. The first step is changing the risk factors listed above.

Making changes like losing weight, following a healthy diet, and stopping smoking is the key to preventing heart disease. Lifestyle modifications also take the stress off your heart and help stop progressive damage after heart disease develops.

Your provider also specializes in medication management. They prescribe the medications you need to control underlying conditions like high cholesterol and high blood sugar. They ensure you have the medications needed to improve your heart condition and refer you to a specialist when needed.

Call Medical Arts Associates P.S. or book an appointment online today if you want medical care to prevent or manage heart disease.