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What your cardiologists in DeSoto and Mansfield want you to know
Cardiologists use many different diagnostic tools and tests to determine your level of heart function. Thanks to modern technology, heart disease can be diagnosed and treated much earlier, giving you a better health outcome. One of the tests commonly used is an exercise stress test.
Dr. Manish Patel and Dr. Sainath Gaddam at Precision Cardiac and Vascular Care want to share the facts about when you may need an exercise stress test. They have two convenient office locations in DeSoto and Mansfield, TX, to take care of you and your heart.
According to the American Heart Association, an exercise stress test may be recommended in order to:
- Diagnose coronary artery disease
- Diagnose heart problems related to chest pain, breathing problems, or dizziness
- Check the effectiveness of certain cardiac procedures to treat coronary artery disease
- Predict the possibility of a heart attack
- Determine a safe level of exercise for you
Your cardiologist may also recommend a stress test if you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of heart disease, which include:
- Squeezing or pressure in your chest
- Chest pain that radiates into your arms, neck, jaws, or shoulders
- Chronic, recurrent chest pain that intensifies
- Chest pain accompanied by profuse sweating and breathing problems
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat or pulse
During your stress test appointment, equipment will be hooked up which allows your technician to monitor your heart. You then begin walking slowly on a treadmill. You will increase your pace, and the treadmill will be raised up to simulate an incline. You breathe into a tube for a few minutes. After the test, you will lie down or sit while your blood pressure and heart rate are recorded.
Patients with foot problems, arthritis, or other issues which may prevent them from walking on a treadmill, may be asked to do a nuclear stress test instead. During the nuclear stress test, medications are injected which increase the heart rate, simulating exercise stress.
For more information about exercise stress tests and other diagnostic tools and treatments, call Dr. Patel and Dr. Gaddam at Precision Cardiac and Vascular Care, with offices in DeSoto and Mansfield, TX. Call today!
What your cardiologist in DeSoto and Mansfield wants you to know
Cardiac catheterization is commonly used both as a diagnostic tool and to treat cardiovascular diseases and conditions. The procedure allows your cardiologist to see and gain access to structures within your heart, making treatment easier and quicker, producing a better outcome. Dr. Manish Patel at Precision Cardiac & Vascular Care in DeSoto and Mansfield, TX, offers cardiac catheterization and can tell you how it can help you.
During the catheterization procedure, a long, ultra-thin tube, the catheter, is placed in a vein or artery in your arm, neck, or groin. The catheter is then guided up through your blood vessels and into your heart. Typically you will be given medications to help you relax, but you will be awake for the procedure. This allows for faster recovery, less downtime, and a low risk of problems.
Cardiac catheterization lets your cardiologist:
- Check how efficiently your heart is pumping blood
- Diagnose any congenital or structural heart defects
- Take samples of abnormal tissue for later biopsy
- Find any blockages in your arteries or blood vessels
- Measure oxygen and pressure in your heart
In addition to diagnosis, cardiac catheterization plays a vital role in treating heart disease with the following procedures:
- Angioplasty, to help widen arteries that are narrowed due to disease
- Stent placement, to help keep a blocked artery open
- Closing holes and other structural defects in your heart
- Repairing or replacing compromised or leaking heart valves
- Balloon valvuloplasty, using a balloon to widen narrowed valves
- Ablation, to treat abnormalities in heart rhythm
For more detailed information about cardiac catheterization, please visit the Cardiac Catheterization page in the Patient Education section on the Precision Cardiac & Vascular Care website at https://www.precisioncardiacandvascular.com/cardiac-catheterization.html
Cardiac catheterization is a vital tool in diagnosing and treating heart disease. To find out more about how cardiac catheterization can help you, call Dr. Patel at Precision Cardiac & Vascular Care in DeSoto and Mansfield, TX, at (214) 884-7525. Call today!
Have a vascular problem? If so, it's important to see a vascular doctor. There's no need to suffer in silence; there are many treatments and therapies for vascular conditions. Precision Cardiac and Vascular Care, which has offices in Mansfield, TX, and DeSoto, TX, provides treatments for cardiac and vascular diseases.
Overview of Vascular Care
The circulatory system or vascular system, is made up of the vessels that carry blood through the body. The veins and arteries carry blood throughout the body and deliver nutrients and oxygen to the body tissues. Vascular care involves the diagnosis and treatment of all problems involving the circulatory system outside of the heart. Vascular care is important because blood must properly flow to your other organs and limbs of your body to keep you healthy.
Vascular diseases affect the arteries and veins in the body. Any condition that affects the circulatory system is considered a vascular disease. The most common types of vascular conditions include Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Atherosclerosis, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Varicose Veins, Vascular Infections, Aneurysm and Pulmonary Embolism.
Vascular Disease Treatments
There are a number of ways that your doctor can take care of your vascular health. Treatments for vascular conditions include lifestyle changes, exercise, proper nutrition, and medication. Vascular diseases are also treated with non-surgical and surgical procedures. Vascular specialists provide treatments of every kind of vascular condition except those of the heart and brain. When surgery is needed, vascular doctors are trained in all types of interventions. They are qualified to provide the most appropriate treatment to each patient.
Benefits of Vascular Care
When your circulatory system is at its healthiest, you feel full of energy, vibrant and free from pain in your limbs. Vascular care can prevent heart attacks and strokes in patients with cardiovascular problems. Vascular care is also important if you are concerned with the appearance of varicose veins.
A healthy vascular system is important to your overall health. If you need vascular care treatment, call Precision Cardiac and Vascular Care at (214) 884-7525 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Manish Patel or Dr. Sainath Gaddam in Mansfield and DeSoto, TX. We offer state-of-the-art treatments for every kind of vascular problem!Coming soon.
The CDC estimates that approximately 84 million Americans have cardiovascular disease and 735,000 Americans experience a heart attack each year. It's one of the top health concerns in the country, which is why it's important to have a cardiologist you can trust. Precision Cardiac and Vascular Care has a team of heart doctors at their offices in Mansfield and DeSoto, TX. Learn more about what a cardiologist can do to keep you and your heart in good health.
About Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease
The heart is the organ in your body that allows much needed nutrients and oxygen to flow to the rest of, your body, so it's very important that the heart stays healthy. Cardiology is the field of medicine that deals with heart and vascular (blood vessel) health. Cardiologists are the doctors who help prevent, manage, diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks, murmurs, and high blood pressure.
What Does a Cardiologist Do?
The initial goal for a cardiologist is to prevent heart conditions from developing. Preventive steps include monitoring your blood pressure, checking EKG readings, and checking blood work for changes in your cholesterol levels. A cardiologist will also suggest dietary changes to help you get to a healthy weight. If there is a pre-existing heart condition, your cardiologist will provide necessary treatments and recommend surgery if needed. Your Mansfield or DeSoto, TX heart doctor may also prescribe you medication to help you manage your blood pressure and other medical conditions that affect your cardiovascular health.
Choosing a Cardiologist
Your cardiologist should be someone you trust and feel relaxed with. You need to feel comfortable enough to tell your cardiologist what's going on with your diet, stress levels, and lifestyle so that the right treatments can be prescribed. Also, choose a heart doctor who you can see on short notice (same day appointments are available at Precision Cardiac and Vascular Care) and who will communicate seamlessly with your primary care doctor.
Schedule a Consultation
A cardiologist at Precision Cardiac and Vascular Care in Mansfield and DeSoto, TX can work with you to keep your heart and vascular system in good health. Call (214) 884-7525 today to set up an initial consultation with Dr. Manish Patel or Dr. Sainath Gaddam.
If your doctor recommends a pacemaker, your first reaction may be to panic. However, this common and safe procedure can help your heart function properly and increase your quality of life. But what is a pacemaker? When does a pacemaker become necessary? Find out more about pacemakers with Dr. Manish Patel at Precision Cardiac & Vascular Care in Desoto and Mansfield, TX.
What is a pacemaker?
A pacemaker is a device placed into the chest to help regulate the heart’s rhythm. A problem with the heart’s rhythm is called an arrhythmia and can cause the heart to beat too fast (tachycardia) or too slow (bradycardia). Arrhythmias can also cause the heart to beat irregularly. The pacemaker uses an electric pulse to trigger the heart to beat normally. This is important because, in addition to affecting the heart’s rhythm, an arrhythmia can cause the heart to pump too little blood to the rest of the body.
Do I need a pacemaker?
When an arrhythmia causes the heart to malfunction, sending less blood out to the rest of the body, it can cause some alarming symptoms. Fainting, shortness of breath, and fatigue are often indicative of arrhythmias. In severe situations, arrhythmias can cause loss of consciousness or even death. A pacemaker which prompts the heart back into rhythm can relieve symptoms like fatigue and shortness of breath and prevent them from occurring at all. This allows patients to get back to their daily life and activities without becoming overly tired or unable to breathe.
Pacemakers in Desoto and Mansfield
You may need a pacemaker if you have damage to the heart, such as from a heart attack or heart condition, are older in age, have had certain medical procedures, you exhibit symptoms of tachycardia, or have certain underlying conditions. However, your doctor is your best source of information on this procedure. Additionally, your doctor can help you determine if this is the best treatment for your situation.
For more information on pacemakers, please contact Dr. Patel at Precision Cardiac & Vascular Care in Desoto and Mansfield, TX. Call (214) 884-7525 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Patel at either location today!