Diagnosing and treating heart disease

Because heart disease is such a prevalent killer in the United States, it is important for everyone to have an annual checkup to screen for common problems that could lead to heart attack or cardiac arrest. Once heart disease is diagnosed, there are many treatment options that can improve your heart health at any stage. Here is a closer look at what is involved in diagnosing and treating heart disease.

Diagnostic solutions

Signs such as high blood pressure, increased resting heart rate or high cholesterol can indicate the need for imaging of the heart. An EKG is a standard exam that measures the electrical activity of the heart to learn if there is an abnormality in the heart beat that may be attributed to heart disease. You may also need to have a treadmill stress test or nuclear isotope stress test to reveal how your heart works when you are physically active.

Preventive treatment

If heart disease is diagnosed before a serious episode occurs, there are many solutions that may be considered to get your heart health back on track. Your doctor may prescribe nutritional changes and an exercise program to help you change your lifestyle for the better. Medication may also be used to reduce your risk factors for heart attack.

Interventional treatment

In some cases, a heart attack is the first indicator of heart disease. Interventional treatment will be used to reopen the blood vessels and reduce damage to the heart tissue. Following emergency care in the hospital, patients will be referred to cardiac rehabilitation, which will improve heart health and facilitate a long-term recovery from a sudden cardiac incident.

For comprehensive cardiac care, including the free, 5-minute online HeartAware assessment,  visit Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. You can find a doctor at Elmhurst by calling 331-221-1000 today. 

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