The American Heart Association says that cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of American adults. How healthy is your heart? At Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Labibidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha advocate regular visits to their office to maintain good heart health. Here are the reasons why.
No one is immune
You may say, "Well, no one has ever had a heart attack in my family." That's great, but did you know that factors other than heredity help determine cardiovascular well-being?
Being male, overweight, having hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes, experiencing continual job or life stress all strain the heart and blood vessels.
Besides, a heart attack is not the only cardiovascular issue. Others include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Cardiac arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation
- Structural defects
If you or your primary care physician suspects you may have or could develop one or more of these conditions, you should pay a preventive visit to Gilbert Cardiology. Dr. Labibidi or Dr. Albasha will help you develop a cardiac check-list which will help you know your heart better and how to take care of it.
The cardiac checklist
Here's what everyone should know about and do for their cardiovascular health:
- Know important lab work results and vital signs. What are your baseline blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels? When was the last time you had an EKG?
- Be able to recognize the symptoms of heart attack and stroke. (They differ between men and women.)
- Exercise routinely. Simple walking five days a week is super-beneficial and requires no special equipment, clothes or gym fees.
- Stop smoking, and limit alcohol consumption.
- Eat a heart-healthy diet low in animal fat and high in fiber.
- Sleep seven to eight hours a night.
- Learn to relax. Stress is a heart killer. So, talk out your stress with a friend or trusted health care provider.
- Control your weight and your waist size.
Then, follow-up as your cardiologist recommends. They may order diagnostic testing, such as echocardiography, to understand your heart's size, function and strength. They also use this information to create a care plan specific to your history, current needs and lifestyle.
It's so important
A healthy cardiovascular system is key to your well-being and longevity, too. So, take care of it with routine visits to Gilbert Cardiology where the team is ready to take new patients. Phone for an appointment: (480) 786-9100.
If you have chest pain and shortness of breath, you may be wondering if you are in danger of having a heart attack. Your cardiologist can help diagnose heart disease and let you know your risk of having a heart attack. The cardiologists at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, offer a wide range of heart care services, including diagnosis and treatment if you have had a heart attack.
A heart attack is caused when the flow of blood to your heart is blocked by an accumulation of fat and cholesterol deposits which narrow or block an artery. The lack of blood flow causes the heart muscle to become damaged or die.
You are in danger of having a heart attack if you:
- Smoke, or use illicit stimulant drugs
- Are sedentary, or have high stress levels
- Have diabetes, are obese, or have metabolic syndrome
- Have a family history of heart attacks or heart disease
- Are older, typically over 45 for men, and over 55 for women
- Have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high triglyceride levels
If you have any of the risk factors listed above, you should seek out your cardiologist to determine your danger of having a heart attack. Your cardiologist may recommend an exercise stress test, an electrocardiogram, and other tests to determine your level of heart function.
So, how do you know if you are having a heart attack? In many cases, you may not experience symptoms, but there are usually warning signs which include:
- Pressure, tightness, and pain in your chest
- Chest pain that intensifies and doesn’t get better with rest
- A squeezing or aching feeling in your chest, arms, neck, jaw, or back
- Shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating, and paleness
- Fatigue, nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or abdominal pain
If you have had a heart attack, it can lead to additional heart issues including abnormal heart rhythms, failure of your heart to pump enough blood, and sudden cardiac arrest. To find out more about heart attack diagnosis and treatment, call the cardiologists at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, today.
Protect yourself against the potential health dangers of high blood pressure.
With approximately 1 in every 3 adults in the US dealing with high blood pressure it’s important that people take certain precautionary measures to prevent hypertension and protect their health. From the office of our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha, learn more about hypertension, its risk factors, warning signs, and how to treat it.
What is blood pressure?
When our Gilbert, AZ, heart doctor places that black strap around your arm and squeezes that little plastic ball on the end we are checking your blood pressure. This measures how much pressure and force your blood is placing on the arterial walls of the heart while the heart is at rest.
What is a normal blood pressure reading?
A blood pressure reading is made up of the systolic number and the diastolic number. The systolic number (the top number) measures the force of blood against the walls while your heart is beating while the diastolic number (the lower number) measures the pressure of the blood on the walls between beats. A normal blood pressure reading is another at or below 120/80 mmHg (millimeters of mercury).
When is blood pressure considered high?
There are different stages of high blood pressure:
- Elevated: In elevated states, the systolic number will range from 120-129 while the diastolic number will remain below 80. While this may not seem critical, those with consistent elevated blood pressure readings will often develop high blood pressure at some point unless important steps and lifestyle changes are taken.
- Hypertension Stage 1: At this stage, systolic numbers range from 130-139 and 80-89 for diastolic. This is when your cardiologist will most likely prescribe medication.
- Hypertension Stage 2: At this stage, blood pressure is consistently 140/90 or higher.
- Hypertensive crisis: This is when blood pressure is at or above 180/120. This is serious and requires immediate medical attention
Are there ways to naturally lower blood pressure?
While there are certain lifestyle changes you can implement to help lower your blood pressure those who are in Stage I or Stage 2 will most likely require medication to also reduce their risk for stroke or heart attack. Lifestyle changes include maintaining a healthy weight (or losing excess weight), eating a low-sodium diet, reducing alcohol consumption, and exercising regularly.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
Unfortunately high blood pressure is known as the “silent killer”, which means that many times people don’t even know that they have high blood pressure. Potential warning signs that you may have hypertension include:
- Blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Severe headaches
What causes high blood pressure?
There are many factors that can contribute to high blood pressure. While sometimes there is no root cause to explain your hypertension, often times being inactive, a poor diet, obesity, older age, and a family history of hypertension can contribute.
Can blood pressure be cured?
Unfortunately there is no cure for high blood pressure; however, our cardiologist can help you find the most effective medication to keep your blood pressure within a healthy range for the long term.
Worried that you might be dealing with high blood pressure like members of your family? If so, call Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, today to schedule a consultation with us.
Find out the warning signs that you might have high blood pressure.
According to the American Heart Association, more than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure. Unfortunately, about one-third of people with hypertension don’t even know that they have it—could you be one of them? Since high blood pressure can increase your risk for heart attack or stroke it’s important to know what to look out for and when to see our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists, Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha, for an evaluation.
How can I tell that I’m dealing with high blood pressure?
Unfortunately, most people with high blood pressure won’t often be able to tell that anything is wrong. This is why it’s important to either monitor your blood pressure on your own if you have risk factors or to visit your doctor regularly for checkups.
Your blood pressure may be severely high if you notice any of these symptoms,
- Irregular heartbeat
- Trouble breathing
- Blood in the urine
- Chest pain
- Changes in your vision
- Severe headache
- Pounding in your neck or ears
It’s important that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms that you turn to our Gilbert office, immediately, as this could put you at an increased risk for stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure.
What can put you at risk for high blood pressure?
It’s also important to understand what can cause or increase the likelihood of developing high blood pressure. Some risk factors include,
- A family history of hypertension
- Sedentary lifestyle
- A poor diet (often high in sodium)
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Being overweight or obese
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- High cholesterol
- Heart defects]
If you have one or more risk factors it’s important that you keep your blood pressure in check on your own. This may require that you check your blood pressure routinely from the comfort of your own home. Talk to our cardiologist to determine the best blood pressure monitor for you.
Concerned? Give us a call!
Are you dealing with some of the warning signs of hypertension in Gilbert, AZ? If so, turn to the medical team at Gilbert Cardiology to get the answers you need regarding your health. Call us today at 480-786-9100!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the number one cause of death in American men and women. About 630,000 of people in the US die from heart disease each year — that’s one-quarter of the total deaths in the United States. Though these numbers may sound alarming, learning the signs and symptoms of heart disease can help you spot its presence and get the treatment you need before it advances into its later stages. Find out more about recognizing and treating heart-related issues with Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ.
What is Heart Disease?
Heart disease is a broad term used to describe conditions which affect the heart. The term is often used interchangeably with cardiovascular disease. This condition can greatly increase the chance of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular issues, making spotting its presence early crucial to maintaining your health and taking steps to ensure that your condition does not advance.
Heart Disease Signs and Symptoms
Though heart disease can sometimes show no signs or symptoms, it often presents tell-tale signs of its presence. Men and women may experience different symptoms. However, some of the most common signs of heart disease present themselves in both sexes:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Chest tightness
- Chest pressure
- Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
- Shortness of breath
- Pain, coldness, weakness, or numbness in the legs or arms, especially if the blood vessels in these areas are narrowed
Regular examinations to search for the signs of heart disease can help spot heart disease early before it advances and causes potentially life-threatening events like heart attack, stroke, or heart failure. See your cardiologist as soon as possible if you suspect you have heart disease.
Preventing Heart Disease in Gilbert, AZ
Prevention of heart disease can begin at any time and benefit anyone. Preventative measures against cardiovascular disease include several key factors:
- quitting smoking
- exercising at least 30 minutes a day
- eating a healthy diet, controlling high blood pressure
- maintaining a healthy weight
- practicing good stress-management techniques
If you think you may be at risk for heart disease, you should consult with your cardiologist to ensure that you receive the care you need.
For more information on heart disease or its treatments, please contact Gilbert, AZ cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha at Gilbert Cardiology. Call (480) 786-9100 to schedule your appointment with your cardiologist today! Same-day appointments are often available.
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