Heart disease is an umbrella term for conditions that affect the heart. They range from mild arrhythmias to coronary artery disease. Cardiovascular disease and heart disease are often discussed interchangeably, although technically, they do have different meanings. Cardiovascular disease falls under the category of heart disease but involves blood vessels that narrow over time, putting you at risk of having a heart attack.
Heart disease includes:
Each one of these fits under the umbrella of heart disease.
There are many different conditions involved with heart disease, so the symptoms will vary. For example, with dilated cardiomyopathy, you might experience a feeling of breathlessness, swelling in the ankles, and irregular heartbeats. With a heart arrhythmia, the symptoms might include a flutter in the chest, lightheadedness, and near fainting.
Some common symptoms for all heart conditions include:
Dr. Cordell will talk with you about your symptoms to make sure you get an accurate diagnosis.
Diagnosis starts with a comprehensive physical exam that includes:
For patients experiencing symptoms related to heart disease, Dr. Cordell may also order an electrocardiogram to detect irregularities in the heart and possibly Holter monitoring to measure any irregularities over an extended period. In certain cases, he may need to see the structure of the heart, as well, so he'll order imaging tests such as an echocardiogram.
Ultimately, Dr. Cordell strives to educate his patients about the dangers of heart disease and to encourage them to make lifestyle changes that reduce their risk, such as quitting smoking. Dr. Cordell will also manage other conditions that increase the likelihood of developing heart problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
As part of a general wellness strategy, Dr. Cordell recommends his patients:
Our practice accepts most PPO plans and several commercial HMO and Medicare Advantage HMO plans.
We also accept Medicare assignment. This means that we accept the determination of Medicare about the charges for covered services. Medicare pays 80% of this fee after your yearly deductible. We accept almost all Medicare supplement plans, except Medi-Cal.
If you have any questions regarding insurance providers, please call our office.
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