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Cash Medical Clinics of Texas doctors are highly skilled and able to

  • Diagnose Heat Disease, and
  • Manage your Treatment Plan, or
  • Help you Identify Risk and Prevent Heart Disease from being a health issue that you have to deal with. 

Don’t wait until you have symptoms. 

We are here to identify your risk and make suggestions for prevention. 

It’s never too late to be pro-active about your health. 
Let the doctors at Cash Medical Clinics of Texas be your partners to good health.

We also have an excellent referral network of doctors for patients who need more specialized care or heart surgery.

 

What is Heart Disease?  What are the Symptoms of Heart Disease? 
How is Heart Disease Diagnosed?  How is Heart Disease Treated? 
Recommendations for Heart Disease Prevention 

 


   
What is Heart Disease?   

The heart pumps oxygen rich blood to all tissues of the body.  The heart must pump efficiently or other organs like the brain and kidneys will suffer.  Death occurs in minutes if the heart stops pumping blood.  Your life depends on the efficeincy of your heart.  

When something goes wrong with the pumping functions of the heart, you have heart disease. 

What are the Symptoms of Heart Disease?

Chest Pain

Palpitations

Lightheadedness/Dizziness

Syncope(Loss of Consciousness)

Fatigue/Lethargy

Shortness of Breath

 

 

Chest pain gets everyone’s attention quickly because most people associate it with heart pain.  This is not always the case, chest pain should always be taken very seriously.  
Palpitations, when your heart rate becomes rapid and irregular.    You may feel a skip in the heartbeat, rapid and/or irregular beats.  Cardiac arrhythmia is usually the reason for palpitations.  Most people with palpitations have some type of cardiac arrhythmia.  There are many levels of disease that will cause this symptom which is why no irregular heart beat should ever be ignored.
Light headedness or Dizziness can have many causes including heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia.  However, there are so many different conditions that can produce these symptoms, anybody experiencing episodes of light headedness or dizziness ought to have a thorough and complete examination by a physician.
Syncope or Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness. It is common and almost everyone will pass out at least once in their lives - and does not always indicate a serious medical problem.   The causes of syncope can be grouped into four major categories, neurological, metabolic, vasomotor and cardiac. Of these, only cardiac syncope commonly leads to sudden death.
Fatigue/lethargy/daytime sleepiness are very common. Not being able to function at your normal level is fatigue or lethargy while daytime sleepiness or somnolence implies, in addition, that you crave sleep or suddenly fall asleep during the daytime. While fatigue and lethargy can be symptoms of heart disease they can also indicate many other illnesses in the body. Similar to light headedness and dizziness, individuals with fatigue and lethargy need a good general medical evaluation.  While nocturnal sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome or insomnia may be the cause of the daytime sleepiness these could also indicate heart disease.
Shortness of breath is usually a symptom of lung disorders but Heart failure and coronary artery disease frequently produce shortness of breath. Patients with heart failure commonly experience shortness of breath with exertion, or when lying flat on their backs. They also can suddenly wake up at night gasping for breath, a condition known as paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea.  Other cardiac conditions such as valvular heart disease or pericardial disease can produce this symptom, as can cardiac arrhythmias. Numerous lung conditions can produce shortness of breath including asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, or pleural effusion (a fluid accumulation between the lung and chest wall). Shortness of breath is almost always a sign of a significant medical problem, and should always be evaluated by a doctor.

 

How is Heart Disease Diagnosed?  

Heart disease can affect the the heart valves, the heart’s electrical system, heart muscle itself, as well as the coronary arteries that feed the heart muscle.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above the doctor’s at TrinityXpressMed may schedule a complete line of test to determine the health of your heart.   

 

How is Heart Disease Treated?  

Much has been learned about the treatment of heart disease in the last 20 years.  The doctors at TrinityXpressMed are trained in the latest technologies and treatments available to their patients today for coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, and cardiac arrhythmias.

 

Recommendations for Heart Disease Prevention.  
  1. Eat nutritious, healthy food.
  2. Reduce the saturated fat in your diet.
  3. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  4. Cut down on dietary cholesterol.  Foods from plant sources do not have cholesterol.
  5. Learn to understand food labels and watch for high amounts of fat and calories.
  6. Stress can be harmful by raising blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and making your heart beat faster. Relax, smile, don’t get angry often.
  7. Bring down high blood pressure. You can do this by minimizing risk factors, making lifestyle changes, or by taking medication if necessary.
  8. Stop smoking.
  9. If you drink, do so in moderation. A limit of two drinks per day is good for your heart.
  10. Fight the battle of the bulge! Obesity is bad. Stay slim and lean.   If you are overweight, try and lose the excess.  Don’t try crash diets - instead opt for a slow, steady and sustained program to lose weight.
  11. An active lifestyle is healthy. Exercise regularly.