Heart Disease Specialist

Frontenac Cardiovascular Center

Cardiologists located in Frontenac, MO

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but with effective cardiovascular care, you can improve your health and reduce your risk. The team of expert cardiologists at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center, in Frontenac, Missouri, diagnoses and treats heart disease and offers customized preventive medicine to improve your health and protect your quality of life. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease, also referred to as cardiovascular disease, is an umbrella term for a variety of conditions that affect your heart and blood vessels. Some of the conditions and illnesses classified as heart disease include:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms)
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Atherosclerosis (blocked or narrowed arteries)
  • Cardiomyopathy (weak or damaged heart muscle)
  • Valvular heart disease (problems with the valves in your heart)
  • Heart infections

Heart disease is often easier to treat in its early stages, much like many other health conditions. If you have a personal or family history of heart disease, talk to the expert cardiologists at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center about preventive cardiovascular screenings and steps you can take to reduce your risk

What are the warning signs of heart disease?

Heart disease may not cause any noticeable symptoms in its early stages. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms you should seek medical attention.

  • Pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest
  • Pain in your jaw, neck, throat, upper abdomen, or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • A fluttering, rapid, or slow heartbeat
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Edema (swelling) in your legs, abdomen, or around your eyes
  • Pale grey or blue skin

You may also find that you’re easily fatigued, especially after exertion. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, and numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, you should seek immediate emergency medical care.

What methods diagnose heart disease?

The team at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center diagnoses heart disease with a comprehensive physical exam plus cardiovascular testing.

For example, your cardiologist may order stress tests, electrocardiograms (ECGs), echocardiograms, MRIs, or CT scans to study your heart and vascular health.

They may also suggest a cardiac catheterization to examine your heart and blood vessels for abnormalities.

What is the treatment for heart disease?

Treatment for heart disease depends on your condition. The team at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center creates customized treatment plans that may include lifestyle changes, medication, and surgical procedures.

You may also benefit from cardiac rehabilitation to support your recovery and improve your heart health to reduce your risk of future heart problems.

If you’re concerned about heart disease and your cardiovascular health, call Frontenac Cardiovascular Center or schedule a consultation online today.

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