Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston
Cardiologists located in Houston, TX & Cypress, TX
There are many different types of heart disease, all of which require expert diagnosis and treatment to optimize your quality of life and, in many cases, prolong life. If you have symptoms of heart disease, the cardiologists at Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston can help. They provide state-of-the-art diagnostic services and expert heart disease treatments at their offices in Houston and North Cypress, Texas. Call today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Heart Disease Treatment Q & A
What is heart disease?
Heart disease refers to a number of different problems that affect the way your heart functions. Some of the conditions that qualify as types of heart disease include:
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Heart failure
- Heart valve disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Pericardial disease
- Aorta disease
- Heart attack
These and other forms of heart disease cause more deaths than any other health problem in the United States every year. However, many types of heart disease are not only treatable but preventable as well.
How can I prevent heart disease?
Most people who develop heart disease do so because of issues with their health that they can control, particularly:
- Being overweight or obese (especially if you also have diabetes)
- A poor diet that's high in unhealthy fats
- Lack of exercise
- Unmanaged stress
If any of these risk factors apply to you, you can reduce the chances of developing heart disease by tackling these issues. Quitting smoking, eating healthy food, losing weight, getting more exercise, and finding ways to relax are all highly effective ways of preventing heart disease.
Making changes like these is also an essential element of your heart disease treatment plan at Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston.
There are other factors like genetics that also influence your likelihood of developing heart disease, which are not under your control. However, even if you have a genetic predisposition to heart disease, lifestyle changes are still vital to minimize your risk.
How does medication help with heart disease treatments?
Medication plays an essential role in treating many forms of heart disease. The right medication can lower your cholesterol levels and blood pressure, regulate your heartbeat or slow it down, open up your blood vessels, prevent thrombosis (blood clots), and reduce chest pain. Some medications help prevent certain heart conditions from worsening.
Medications called diuretics help your kidneys get rid of excess water in your blood, which reduces the volume of blood your heart has to pump. Other medicines that the Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston often prescribes include:
- ACE inhibitors
- Angiotensin II receptor blockers
- Calcium-channel blockers
Using these drugs at the right dosage can both improve your quality of life and help you live longer.
What are the available interventional heart disease treatments?
There are numerous potential interventions that could form part of your heart disease treatment plan at Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston.
The cardiologists specialize in using minimally invasive procedures like cardiac catheterization to perform angioplasty and stent placement to widen narrowed arteries. They also fit pacemakers and cutting-edge devices like the Reveal LINQ™ Insertable Cardiac Monitoring System and administer direct current cardioversion to treat atrial fibrillation.
Find out more about the most up-to-date heart disease treatments by calling the Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston today or book an appointment online.