Heart Disease Specialist

HeartCare Associates of Connecticut

Cardiovascular Specialists located in Hamden, East Haven, North Haven, West Haven & Wallingford, CT

Heart disease causes one out of every four deaths in the United States. Taking good care of your health and your heart may protect you from this deadly disease. At HeartCare Associates of Connecticut, the experienced cardiovascular specialists offer innovative tests, tools, and techniques at their state-of-the-art facilities to prevent, diagnose, and treat heart disease. For an evaluation, call one of the offices in Hamden, East Haven, North Haven, West Haven, and Wallingford, Connecticut, or request an appointment online today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a general medical term that includes any medical condition that affects your heart, including coronary heart disease, arrhythmia, and congenital heart defects. 

Though heart disease and cardiovascular disease are often used interchangeably, cardiovascular disease specifically refers to conditions related to blocked or damaged blood vessels that lead to conditions such as angina, heart attacks, and strokes. 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. But many of the various forms of heart disease can be prevented. 

What is coronary heart disease?

Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease that develops because of a buildup of plaque in the arteries of your heart. 

Coronary heart disease can lead to chest pain (angina) or a heart attack. It can also weaken your heart muscle and place you at risk of developing congestive heart failure or arrhythmia.

How is heart disease diagnosed?

The cardiovascular specialists at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut conduct comprehensive evaluations when you come to the office with concerns about heart disease. 

During the evaluation, your doctor reviews your symptoms and medical history and then conducts a physical exam.

Based on the information gathered, your doctor may then request various tests to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and the type of heart disease you have or are at risk for. Some of the tests may include:

  • Blood work
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Echocardiogram
  • MRI or CT scan
  • Stress test
  • Cardiac catheterization

HeartCare Associates of Connecticut is a state-of-the-art practice and may be able to perform many of the tests you need at the office. 

What are heart disease treatments?

Treatment for your heart disease depends on the type of heart disease you have. However, your doctor may suggest lifestyle modifications, such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, to help keep your heart as healthy as possible. 

HeartCare Associates of Connecticut offers on-site nutrition support to help you design a healthy diet that fits your health needs. 

If needed, your doctor may prescribe medication to support heart health or manage a condition that may be contributing to heart disease, such as high cholesterol or hypertension. 

The experienced cardiovascular specialists also perform surgical procedures when needed, including coronary artery bypass and stent placement.

Most types of heart disease can be prevented. For expert care from an experienced team, call HeartCare Associates of Connecticut or request an appointment online today.

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