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Heart Disease Specialist

Medinet Family Care Clinic

Urgent Care located in Houston, TX

One in every four deaths is caused by heart disease. At Medinet Family Care Clinic in Houston Texas, Bharat Gandhi, MD, and Priya Gandhi, MD work closely with his patients to find practical solutions to minimize their risks of heart disease and help them stay healthy. If you’d like to learn more about the different kinds of heart disease and the available treatments for each, schedule an appointment today online or over the phone.

Heart Disease

What is heart disease?

Heart disease encompasses a series of diseases and conditions that have a severe impact on your heart and cardiovascular system. The most common types of heart disease include:

  • Congenital heart defects
  • Arrhythmia
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • High blood pressure

In most cases, heart disease causes the canals in your blood vessels to narrow, which can, in turn, lead to blockages. When these canals are obstructed, you run the risk of developing angina or of suffering from a stroke or heart attack.

What are the symptoms of heart disease?

It’s possible that your heart condition doesn’t exhibit symptoms, which makes it tricky for Dr. Gandhi to determine its cause.

Nonetheless, when you choose to receive care at Medinet Family Care Clinic, the team is committed to developing screening schedules to track the progression of your symptoms and recommend expert treatment.

Typically symptoms of heart disease include:

  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or pain in the arms and legs
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling
  • Neck, jaw, upper abdomen, back pain
  • Shortness of breath

Your overall health and gender determine the intensity of these symptoms.

What causes heart disease?

Heart disease can be caused by a large cast of factors, though you increase your chances of developing conditions like coronary artery disease or arrhythmia if you don’t exercise regularly, smoke, or struggle with obesity and weight. Your risks of developing heart disease also increase if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

For more specific diseases, the causes are more straightforward to pinpoint.

Congenital heart defects arise while your baby’s heart develops, typically in the womb. As a prospective mother, you should be vigilant of your health, lifestyle, and medication regimen to avoid unnecessary congenital heart defects in your child.

Cardiovascular disease can stem from anything from an infection to connective tissue disorders to rheumatic fever.

What are the dangers of heart disease?

Heart disease can lead to any of the following:

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Aneurysms
  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Heart failure

It’s vital that you schedule a visit with Dr. Gandhi to address any symptom you think might be related to heart disease to avoid these life-threatening side effects.  

How is heart disease treated?

Dr. Gandhi can help you establish a balanced diet and exercise plan as well as prescribe medication to get your heart stable and healthy. The more comprehensive your nutrition and exercise regimens are, the lower your chances of developing heart disease.

Dr. Gandhi can recommend any of the following medications to help with your condition:

  • Antiplatelet drugs
  • Anticoagulants
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Beta-blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Diuretics

Learn more about the changes you can make to your lifestyle to reduce your chances of developing heart disease by getting in touch with Medinet Family Care Clinic today by phone or online.