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By Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center
June 03, 2021
Category: Cardiology Care
Tags: Heart Disease   Heart Attack  

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, according to the CDC. Our hearts are always working hard to supply us with blood and it's important to know when there are signs of trouble. Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center is here for you in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA if you're concerned about heart disease. Learn about the most common symptoms of heart problems and come see us to stay heart healthy!

Chest pain

Chest pain is the most common and obvious symptom of a heart attack. Many patients describe a crushing or squeezing sensation in the chest and having difficulty breathing. Other symptoms of a heart attack can include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and anxiety. If you are having chest pain and any of these symptoms, call 911 or have someone drive you to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Heart palpitations

Heart palpitation is described as a rapid or irregular heartbeat. This can happen for several reasons. For example, you may have experienced this after too much caffeine or in the middle of a lot of stress. If you notice something triggers this in you, let your West Monroe, and Winnsboro, LA doctor know.

Shortness of breath

When the heart isn't pumping blood as efficiently as it should, blood can get backed up in the veins that go from the lungs to the heart. This can cause fluid to leak into the lungs and give you shortness of breath.

Sudden pains

A weak heart can cause pain in areas other than the chest. If you notice sudden pain during periods of activity in your arms, shoulders, back, and stomach, this could be a sign of heart disease.

Swollen ankles

Swelling can occur for many reasons, but severe swelling of the lower legs in particular is another sign that blood is backed up in your veins and fluid may be building up in your tissue.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don't hesitate to call us. Your doctor of Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center is dedicated to heart health and helping patients with heart disease. Contact us for an appointment in West Monroe, and Winnsboro, LA, at (318) 338-3540.

By Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center
March 22, 2021
Category: Cardiology Care
Tags: Heart Attack  

More than 800,000 Americans have heart attacks every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, you can reduce your heart attack risk by making a few changes in your life and visiting your West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA, cardiologist, Dr. Virginia Gonzalez of Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center.

Eat healthy foods

Avoiding foods high in saturated or trans fats has important benefits for your heart health. Eating a diet that's high in these types of fats can lower your "good" cholesterol level, raise your "bad" cholesterol level and even increase your risk of diabetes. Cook with healthier fats, like canola or olive oil, and limit the number of fried foods, bacon, red meat, bacon, hot dogs, potato chips, cakes, cookies, and other sugary treats you eat.

Pay attention to the scale

Your heart attack risk rises with your weight. If you're overweight or obese, now is the perfect time to shed those extra pounds. Although you'll lose weight quickly with fad diets, a moderate approach to weight loss is best. Eating a heart-healthy diet, following portion size recommendations, and exercising regularly is the best way to lose weight and keep it off.

Keep moving

Exercise strengthens your heart, improves your circulation, lowers your blood pressure, and helps you keep your weight and cholesterol under control. You don't have to participate in a formal exercise program to benefit. Any type of exercise that increases your heart rate will help you avoid a heart attack. Brisk walking, swimming, running, dance classes, or sports can help you protect your heart.

Check your blood pressure

High blood pressure is another heart attack risk factor. Your blood pressure is too high if it's 130/80 or higher. Since high blood pressure doesn't usually produce any noticeable symptoms, it's a good idea to schedule a blood pressure screening in West Monroe or Winnsboro at least once a year. If your pressure is too high, weight loss, a healthier diet, stress reduction, or medication may be helpful.

Make stress reduction a priority

Although it may be impossible to avoid stress completely, reducing your stress level can help your heart. Making time for stress-relieving activities, like meditation, yoga, exercise, hobbies, and favorite activities, can help you relax.

Are you concerned about your heart health? Call your cardiologist in West Monore and Winnsboro, LA, Dr. Virginia Gonzalez of Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, at (318) 338-3540 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Virginia Y. Gonzalez
December 20, 2019
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Heart Attack  

What you should know about heart attacks and how Dr. Virginia Gonzalez of Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center in West Monroe, LA, can keep you healthy

What is a heart attack?

Heart attacks, unlike heart failure (which is a chronic, long-standing condition), occur suddenly. A heart attack, a myocardial infarction, is when a blood clot develops in a coronary artery. This cuts off most or all blood supply to part of the heart muscle. If oxygenated blood isn't restored quickly, the heart muscle will falter, causing a heart attack.

The risk of experiencing this event increases for men over 45 and a woman over 55.

What are the symptoms and signs of a heart attack?

Symptoms vary from one person to another, but if you think that you're having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Common signs include:

  • Tightness, discomfort, and pain in the chest area
  • Pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, and stomach
  • Suffering from shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Nausea

Other symptoms include coughing, vomiting, dizziness, the face seeming gray in color, and a feeling of terror that life is ending.

What can people do to improve their health?

  • Maintain a healthy weight according to your cardiologist's advice.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Quit smoking and eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Manage your blood pressure and cholesterol, especially if you suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Visit your West Monroe doctor for regular medical checkups.

Do you need help?

You need to speak with your cardiologist if you think that you're at risk of experiencing a heart attack. If you are at all concerned, call Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center in West Monroe, LA, today at (318) 338-3540 to learn more about what you can do for your health.