Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in America, yet many patients never know they have heart problems until it’s too late, which is why it’s the “silent killer.” Dr. Michael S. Basch at Talia Medical Group in Temecula, California, provides comprehensive physical exams for detecting heart disease early and intervening before it's too late. In most cases, your health can improve dramatically, and extend your life by receiving treatment for heart disease early.
Heart disease, also called cardiovascular disease, actually refers to a group of diseases that impact the heart and blood vessels. These include:
Not all patients experience symptoms before a serious event. The most common symptoms are chest pain, tightness, or pressure that radiates into the left arm or jaw. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience chest pain. Other symptoms include:
It’s important to be open with Dr. Basch about any symptoms you’ve experienced that might indicate heart trouble. The earlier they can identify the underlying cause, the better your chances of a positive outcome.
Treatment for heart disease depends on the underlying cause of the problem. The goals of treatment include relieving symptoms, reducing risk factors, lowering the risk of blood clot formation, preventing complications, and reversing the buildup of plaque.
In most cases, lifestyle changes are an important component of treatment and may include quitting smoking, making good nutritional diet choices, exercising more frequently, maintaining a healthy body weight, and managing stress in healthy ways. In many cases, you'll also require medication or surgery.
There are many tests used to diagnose heart disease, including blood tests, X-rays, and a myriad of tests designed to monitor or visualize the heart. Dr. Basch will determine which tests to order based on your signs, symptoms, and medical history.
The prognosis varies from one patient to the next, but one truth is evident: Your prognosis is significantly better when you seek medical attention right away and receive life-saving treatment as early as possible.