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By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
November 06, 2020
Category: Blood Pressure
Tags: Hypertension   Diets  

A healthy diet could be all you need to lower your blood pressure.

No matter whether our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha have diagnosed you with hypertension or you’ve been told by your regular physician that your blood pressure is elevated, nixing certain foods and drinks from your diet right now could go a long way to improving your blood pressure.

Go Plant-Based!

We’re not saying that you have to give up meat entirely; however, research has shown that by lowering your intake of meat and increasing the number of veggies you’re getting each and every day, you can drastically reduce your blood pressure. When you do choose to eat meat, go for lean, skinless chicken breasts or fish.

Go Easy on the Salt

A lot of packaged and prepared foods in the Western world are chock full of sodium. You may not even realize that the foods you’re eating could have more than the recommended intake of sodium. That’s why choosing whole, unprocessed foods is the best option, as you can control how much salt is placed into the meals you eat.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day for those with high blood pressure.

Add these Heart-Healthy Foods to Your Diet

Foods such as bananas, salmon, oatmeal, olive oil and other fatty fish are packed with incredible vitamins and nutrients such as omega-3s, vitamin D and potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. Even if you’re taking medication to control your blood pressure, these foods can also help reduce inflammation and improve your levels.

Pass on the Alcohol

While cutting out alcohol completely can greatly improve your blood pressure, it’s important that you drink in moderation if you’re still planning to drink alcohol. This means one drink a day for women and two for men. According to the Mayo Clinic, one drink is equivalent to five ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of liquor. So you’ll want to imbibe responsibly and measure your alcohol out rather than just pouring to the rim.

From lifestyle changes to medications, our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists can help you get your blood pressure under control. Do not ignore your high blood pressure; the team at Gilbert Cardiology can help. Call us today at (480) 786-9100 to discuss your treatment options.

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
August 07, 2020
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Chest Pain  

Have you been wondering why you have pain in your chest? Although a heart attack is a possible cause of the pain, it may also be caused by an injury, illness, or health condition. Your Gilbert AZ cardiologists Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha can help you determine the cause of your chest pain.

What causes chest pain

Chest pain can occur due to:

  • A Heart Attack: Squeezing or crushing chest pain that radiates to your arm, jaw, shoulder, or back may be a sign of a heart attack. Other signs of a heart attack may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sweating, stomach pain, anxiety, or shortness of breath. Minutes matter when you're having a heart attack. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately in the Gilbert area.
  • Other Heart Issues: You may also experience chest pain if you have angina, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, aortic dissection, a heart valve problem, or inflammation in or around your heart.
  • Lung Problems: The pain in your chest may be due to an issue with your lungs. Common causes of lung-related chest pain include pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), collapsed lung, blood clot, or inflammation in the lining of the lungs.
  • Bone or Muscle Issues: Did your pain start after a strenuous workout? You may have strained a muscle in your chest. Bruised or broken ribs may be the source of the pain if you've recently fallen or received a blow to the chest.
  • Gastrointestinal Conditions: Although your chest may hurt, the pain may originate from your gastrointestinal system. Chest pain can occur if you have gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), problems with your esophagus, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, or an ulcer or hiatal hernia.
  • Other Causes of Chest Pain: Chest pain may also be due to shingles, anxiety, or inflammation in the cartilage that connects the ribs to the breastbone.

Visiting the emergency room or your Gilbert heart attack specialist is a must if you have chest pain. Although your pain may not be caused by a heart attack, it's impossible to determine the source of your symptoms without medical care. Receiving prompt treatment can save your life and ease your pain.

Don't ignore your chest pain! Call your cardiologists in Gilbert AZ at Gilbert Cardiology, Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha, at (480) 786-9100 to schedule an appointment.

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
June 19, 2020
Category: Cardiology

The moment you start to feel tightness in your chest, sweating and nausea can be scary. "One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart attacks and heart failures are frightening for people experiencing them and people around sufferers. Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, can tell you more about heart attacks and how to minimize your risk of getting a heart attack.

What is a heart attack?

A heart attack happens when a blood clot cuts off most or all blood supply to the heart. The heart begins to die because it's not receiving oxygen, which may result in permanent damage to the heart, and, in worst cases, death.

Heart attacks are sometimes used interchangeably with the phrase "heart failure," which is actually wrong. Heart failure is a chronic condition and heart attacks occur suddenly.

What are the symptoms of heart attacks?

Symptoms of a heart attack vary from person to person and you must call 911 immediately. Major symptoms include the following:

  • Tightness and discomfort in the chest area
  • Pain in the chest that lasts several minutes
  • Uncomfortable pressure
  • A feeling of swelling or a painful squeezing
  • Pain or discomfort in arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating and nausea
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Lightheadedness

How to Minimize Your Heart Attack Risks

There are several things you can change and improve on to minimize your risk of getting a heart attack. Your Gilbert doctors may advise you do the following when you speak with them:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Exercise
  3. Quit smoking and drinking alcohol
  4. Eat a healthy diet (fruits and vegetables) to manage blood pressure and cholesterol
  5. Visit your doctor's office regularly

Interested in learning more about heart health?

If you would like to learn more about heart attacks and how to decrease the risk of getting a heart attack, you should contact Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, at 480-786-9100.

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
April 23, 2020
Category: Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, you will need to make certain lifestyle adjustments to help you manage your condition. Successfully controlling your blood pressure through a healthy lifestyle could even help you delay, avoid, or decrease the need to take maintenance medications to reduce your high blood pressure. Besides regular visits to one of our cardiologists here at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled, Albasha, here are essential lifestyle adjustments to help you reduce and maintain your blood pressure.

Shed Those Excess Pounds and Extra Inches Off Your Waistline

As your weight increases, so does your blood pressure. Losing excess weight if you’re obese or overweight and reducing inches off your waistline could help decrease your blood pressure.

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Your diet should be rich in vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, healthy fats, and fruits. You should likewise watch your salt intake. Generally speaking, aim for 1,500mg to 2,300mg of sodium daily.

Get Moving and Keep On Moving

Regular exercise of around 30 minutes daily or 150 minutes weekly could help decrease your blood pressure. However, you will need to be consistent since your blood pressure could rise again once you stop working out.

Stop Smoking

Did you know that every single cigarette your smoke elevates your blood pressure for several minutes even after you’ve finished smoking it? Aside from reducing your blood pressure, quitting smoking will also minimize your risk of developing all kinds of health problems such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases among others.

Keep Your Stress Levels Under Control

Studies have shown that being chronically stressed may increase blood pressure. To find out what’s stressing you out and take the necessary steps to deal with them.

Keep Track of Your Blood Pressure Levels and Visit Your Doctor Regularly

Monitoring your blood pressure at home can help you determine whether or not your lifestyle adjustments are working. It will also help warn you of potential complications early on. Routine visits to your cardiologist in Gilbert, AZ, will also help keep your blood pressure in check.

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

You can help reduce your blood pressure by drinking moderate amounts of alcohol, about two drinks for men and one drink for women daily. However, drinking more than these amounts could elevate your blood pressure and decrease the effectiveness of your maintenance medicines.

For Help Managing Your High Blood Pressure, Give Us a Call

Arrange your appointment with one of our cardiologists, Dr. Zaki Lababidi or Dr. Khaled Albasha, here at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, by calling (480) 786-9100.

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
April 09, 2020
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Hypertension  

Your blood pressure is one of the biggest factors for determining your overall health.

What makes hypertension (i.e. high blood pressure) so dangerous is that you may have it and not know it. The best way to find out is by visiting our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha for a routine checkup. If you are at high risk for hypertension, it is particularly important that you visit us regularly to make sure your blood pressure is under control.

High blood pressure doesn’t typically cause symptoms; however, if you are dealing with blood pressure levels that are very high, it is possible that you may experience,

  • Chest pain
  • Blurry vision or vision problems
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Pounding in the ears and chest
  • Trouble breathing
  • Sweating
  • Facial flushing
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dizziness

Because hypertension can lead to stroke or heart attack, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention or call your Gilbert, AZ, heart doctor if you notice these signs. While these symptoms can be caused by other conditions and infections, it’s essential to rule out high blood pressure and find out what could be causing your symptoms.

Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

While the risk of high blood pressure typically increases with age, if you have a family history of high blood pressure this can increase your risk. Those who have an immediate family member with hypertension should monitor their blood pressure levels regularly at home. Other factors that contribute to hypertension include,

  • Tobacco use
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Leading an inactive, sedentary lifestyle
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Consuming a diet high in sodium
  • Pregnancy

Preventing High Blood Pressure

While family history and age are not risk factors that you can change, there are certain improvements you can make to your daily lifestyle that can support and maintain normal blood pressure levels. These changes include:

  • Quitting tobacco products
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Exercising regularly
  • Reducing and managing stress
  • Eating a low-sodium, healthy diet
  • Losing excess weight
  • Limiting caffeine

If you are experiencing chest pain, an irregular heartbeat, or difficulty catching your breath, it’s important that you see a cardiologist for a comprehensive evaluation. The team at Gilbert Cardiologist can provide you with the hypertensive treatment and medication you need right here at our Gilbert, AZ, practice. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call (480) 786-9100.





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