Heart disease can be a scary diagnosis, but lifestyle changes and treatment can stop many forms of heart disease — like heart attack or stroke — right in their tracks. Hetal Gandhi, MD, and the staff at Synergy Medical help patients in the Livonia, Michigan, area live full lives despite their chronic conditions. Call today or book your appointment online.
Heart disease is the name for the range of conditions that affect the heart. Blocked arteries cause some conditions like heart attack, angina, or stroke; other conditions, like arrhythmias, affect the way the heart beats; and still, others have to do with diseases within the heart's muscle or valves.
Coronary artery disease is the condition that usually comes to mind when you think of a heart attack. It’s the slow buildup of plaque or cholesterol deposits in your arteries that ultimately damage the blood flow to your heart. Decreased blood flow can lead to chest pain or angina and shortness of breath.
Heart failure — when some parts of your heart are damaged — and abnormal heart rhythm are other possible outcomes of coronary artery disease. A complete blockage of blood flow causes a heart attack.
Common treatments for coronary artery disease are surgery, medications, and lifestyle changes.
Restoring blood flow and preventing further buildup are the goals of these surgical procedures.
Angioplasty and stent placement is a procedure where the artery is widened and a balloon and stent are placed to keep the passageway open.
In the most severe cases, bypass surgery is used to create a new pathway to restore blood flow.
Drugs to reduce cholesterol in your blood, lower your blood pressure, or slow down your heartbeat are common treatments for coronary artery disease.
Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, reducing stress, and quitting smoking are usually at the top of the list of lifestyle changes that can improve your heart condition.
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart rate that, if left untreated, can increase your risk for stroke, heart failure, or another heart condition.
Some people who suffer from atrial fibrillation have episodes where the symptoms come and go. However, with chronic atrial fibrillation, your abnormal heart rhythm is permanent and won’t go back to a normal rhythm. Dr. Gandhi prescribes medications to control your heart rate.
Dr. Gandhi and the staff at Synergy Medical have been helping patients manage heart disease for nearly two decades. Call or book an appointment online today.