Cardiovascular Testing Specialist

Bethesda Immediate Care

Primary Care Physicians located in Bethesda, MD

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. The team at Bethesda Immediate Care of Bethesda, Maryland, is experienced in providing quality cardiovascular care and helping you decrease your risk for coronary artery disease (CAD), blood clots, and stroke. For a consultation regarding your cardiovascular health, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Cardiovascular Testing Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease refers to a group of diseases that affect your blood vessels, blood flow, heart rhythm, and the structures of the heart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease causes more than 610,000 deaths each year in the United States. Heart disease accounts for one of every four deaths of both men and women.

Heart disease includes several serious conditions, including:

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD): blockage to the blood vessels of the heart
  • Carotid artery disease: blockage to major blood vessels that feed the brain
  • Atherosclerosis: narrowing of the arteries and reduced blood flow
  • High blood pressure: increased force inside the blood vessels
  • Arrhythmia: irregular, slow, or fast heartbeat
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD): reduced blood flow to the body
  • Congenital heart disease: structural problems with the heart from birth
  • Stroke: decreased blood flow to the brain
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF): weakened, ineffective heart muscle

Any of these conditions could lead to cardiac arrest, when heart function is interrupted, causing loss of blood flow, consciousness, and breathing. Cardiac arrest, also called a heart attack, results in death without intervention and without the treatment of underlying causes.

Who is at risk for heart disease?

Some risk factors for heart disease are reversible with healthy habits, while others can’t be reversed.

Irreversible risk factors of heart disease include:

  • Male gender
  • Older adult, age 55 or older
  • Family history of heart disease
  • History of having chemotherapy

Reversible risk factors include:

  • Uncontrolled blood pressure
  • Uncontrolled Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Recreational drug use
  • Stressful lifestyle

Whatever your risk factors, a healthy lifestyle, regular cardiovascular screenings, and annual physical exams decrease your potential for serious complications of heart disease.

How can I reduce my risk factors for heart disease?

You can reduce your risk of heart disease by eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, quitting smoking, and having routine cardiovascular checkups.

Bethesda Immediate Care offers quality, experienced support for your cardiovascular health through:

  • Annual physical exams
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Cholesterol checks
  • Circulation checks
  • Routine bloodwork
  • Medication management
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Smoking cessation counseling
  • Weight-loss counseling
  • Cardiovascular specialist referrals

Their team commits to helping every member of your family reduce their risk for heart attack, stroke, and other complications of heart disease. Routine cardiovascular care at Bethesda Immediate Care goes a long way in protecting your heart health.

For a consultation and quality cardiovascular care, call or schedule an appointment online with Bethesda Immediate Care today.