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Heart Disease

Passion Health Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Family Practice located in Irving, TX & Plano, TX

Heart disease describes several conditions, the most common of which is coronary artery disease. At Passion Health Primary Care, Shyamala Arani Purushotham MD, FACP, CPHQ, and her team provide initial screenings to determine if you have heart disease. They’ll manage your condition once you’re diagnosed. Call the offices in Irving or Plano, Texas, to learn more about the heart disease services offered at Passion Health Primary Care. You can also schedule an appointment online.

Heart Disease Q&A

What are the most common forms of heart disease?

The most common forms of heart disease managed at Passion Health Primary Care include:

  • Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias)
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Heart muscle disease
  • Heart valve disease
  • Heart infections

Your provider at Passion Health Primary Care works closely with your heart specialist to coordinate care and management of your specific case.

What symptoms suggest heart disease?

Heart disease doesn’t always present with apparent symptoms. Often, your condition isn’t diagnosed until you’ve experienced dire symptoms like a heart attack or irregular heartbeat.

Heart disease is often caught during a routine physical. Your provider might hear something unusual in your heart or order an EKG that reveals blockages.

Symptoms that are definite signs of a possible heart problem include:

  • Chest pain accompanied by heartburn, upper body discomfort, and shortness of breath
  • Fluttering feelings in the chest, known as arrhythmia
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Swelling in the feet, ankles, legs, abdomen, or neck veins

These symptoms can indicate a heart attack, irregular heartbeat, or heart failure.

Am I at risk of developing heart disease?

Heart valve and heart muscle disease are often caused by a buildup of fatty plaques in your arteries (atherosclerosis). This is called coronary artery disease (CAD) and can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Heart disease is often tied to genetics. So if a close relative in your family has heart disease, you’re at greater risk of developing it, too — especially as you age.

Other risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Unhealthy diet and/or sedentary lifestyle
  • Excessive alcohol intake

At Passion Health Primary Care, we can help you make the changes that reduce most of these risk factors.

How do you manage heart disease?

The Passion Health Primary Care team supports you with weight loss treatments, dietary recommendations, stop-smoking programs, and high blood pressure and cholesterol management.

These changes can significantly affect your risk of developing heart disease and improve your condition if you’re already diagnosed with the disease.

The Passion Health Primary Care team supports you with weight loss treatments, dietary recommendations, stop-smoking programs, and high blood pressure and cholesterol management.

Medications can also be prescribed to help control your heart disease. The medicine you receive will depend on your diagnosis.

If you need surgery for a specific heart problem, the Passion Health Primary Care team supports you before and after surgery so that you recover quickly.

Get the medical management you need for heart disease at Passion Health Primary Care. Call one of the offices today or use this website to make an appointment online.