Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States because it can be fatal when left untreated. At San Fernando Medical Center in San Fernando, California, Robert Partovy, DO, and his exceptional team offer cardiovascular disease (heart disease) screening and treatment to lessen your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and other debilitating heart problems. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

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What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease, also called heart disease, is a severe chronic disease that many adults in the United States struggle with. It develops because of genetics, lifestyle, or a combination of the two. Routine heart-disease screenings at San Fernando Medical Center help you get the treatment you need to avoid life-threatening complications.

What are the symptoms of cardiovascular disease?

The common symptoms of heart disease include:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Numbness, pain, coldness, or weakness in your arms or legs
  • Neck, throat, jaw, back, or upper abdominal pain
  • Chest fluttering
  • Racing or slow heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Blue or pale skin color
  • Leg, ankle, foot, or abdominal swelling

See your San Fernando Medical Center provider at the first sign of a heart problem. Early detection and treatment are the best ways to avoid potentially life-threatening problems.

What are the risk factors for cardiovascular disease?

The main risk factors for developing heart disease include:

  • Aging
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor dietary habits
  • Excess body weight
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diets high in sodium, animal fat, and/or sugar
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Diabetes
  • Ongoing stress
  • Smoking
  • Poor dental health

The best way to reduce your chance of developing heart disease is to maintain your ideal body weight and adopt healthy habits. Get regular exercise, eat nutritious foods, don’t smoke, minimize stress, and control high cholesterol and other heart-disease risk factors.

How does my provider diagnose heart disease?

Your San Fernando Medical Center specialist uses several methods to detect or rule out heart disease. They ask about your symptoms, medical history, family disease history, lifestyle, and medication. They also check your blood pressure and other vital signs and complete a physical exam.

Your provider orders an electrocardiogram (EKG) to evaluate your heart’s electrical activity and detect possible signs of heart-rhythm irregularities. You might also need a stress test, echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization, a CT scan, or an MRI.

What are the treatments for cardiovascular disease?

Treatments for cardiovascular disease include making healthy lifestyle changes, taking medications, or undergoing medical procedures. Your specialist personalizes each treatment and monitors your heart and overall health regularly.

Call the San Fernando Medical Center office or book an appointment online today to get screened or treated for heart disease.