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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
February 16, 2021
Category: Cardiology Care
Tags: Heart Disease  

You can reduce your risk for heart disease by leading a healthier lifestyle.

While you might not realize it, heart disease is the leading killer of men and women in the US. While this fact might be frightening, we have good news: There are ways to protect yourself from heart disease. Whether you have a family history of heart disease or not, our West Monroe, LA, cardiologist Dr. Virginia Gonzalez can help you create a healthier lifestyle that supports good heart health.

Some ways to protect against heart disease include:

Getting Regular Exercise

Be honest with yourself: how often do you exercise? If you aren’t taking at least 30 minutes, 5-6 days a week, to participate in moderately intense exercise, then you could be putting your heart at risk. Exercise offers a wide range of benefits for your health. Before starting a new exercise regimen, talk with our West Monroe, LA, cardiologist about what exercises are right for you to reduce your risk for heart disease.

Manage Your Stress

This can be a tough one for our patients. While a little stress here and there isn’t a problem, long-term stress can impact everything from sleep quality to our diets. Plus, stress can also increase blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as inflammation in the body. Many activities can help reduce stress such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing, and time outdoors.

Eat a Heart-Friendly Diet

While there are certain risk factors that you can’t control, your diet is one that you can. Here are some tips to follow from the American Heart Association regarding your diet,

  • Limit sugar, salt, and foods high in cholesterol
  • Eat a diet high in fruit and vegetables and whole grains
  • Reduce meat intake while incorporating more lean sources of protein such as fish into your diet

Your cardiologist can also provide you with dietary recommendations to ensure that you are eating well for your heart.

Anyone can benefit from turning to our West Monroe, LA, cardiologist, even if you aren’t at risk for heart disease. If you have concerns about your heart health or you simply want to schedule a checkup, call Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center at (318) 338-3540.

By Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center
December 14, 2020
Category: Heart Conditions
Tags: Heart Disease  

At the Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center in West Monroe, LA, we appreciate heart health and desire our patients to avoid the devastation of heart disease. Dr. Virginia Gonzalez is our board-certified cardiologist who desires that everyone understand heart disease, its symptoms, complications, and risks. Read more details about this serious health condition.

Facts about heart disease

Your father died of heart disease. Your brother is currently under treatment for a heart rhythm problem. You want to know more, and frankly, education and reduction of personal risk factors both support good cardiovascular health.

So, here are some facts to empower you and your family against the dangers of heart disease:

1. Heart disease encompasses a wide range of problems. Some people suffer from more than one simultaneously, but all are capable of reducing your quality--and length--of life. Cardiovascular problems include:

  • CAD, or cardiovascular disease, in which arteries that feed the heart muscle are plugged with fatty plaque
  • Chest pain, or angina, from restricted blood flow to the heart
  • Myocardial infarction (MI), commonly called a heart attack in which the heart muscle is damaged due to lack of blood flow
  • Arrhythmia, in which the heart's electrical system fails to keep a normal heartbeat
  • Aneurysm, a weakening and possible rupture of the walls of a major blood vessel, such as the aorta
  • Heart failure, the inability of the heart to pump sufficient blood around the body
  • Stroke, blockage of the vessels which carry blood to the brain

2. Heart disease can be asymptomatic, reports the Illinois Department of Health. While this is not always the case, the first sign of a problem can be a heart attack.

3. Heart disease is, for the most part, preventable. Limiting, or eliminating, these risk factors reduces heart disease risk:

  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • High cholesterol and high blood glucose levels due to diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking

Risk factors you cannot modify include age and family history. explains that the chances of developing heart disease increase with age. The first cardiac episode happens at age 66 for men and age 70 for women.

4. Your cardiologist in West Monroe, LA, detects heart disease through symptoms, blood tests, and other reliable testing, such as cardiac stress tests, echocardiogram, and EKG.

Find out more

Your heart health is so important. At Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, Dr. Virginia Gonzalez and her team maintain prevention of heart disease is paramount and that education empowers.

For more information and to arrange a consultation, please contact us at (318) 338-3540. We have two locations--West Monroe, LA, and Winnsboro, LA.

By Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center
October 08, 2020
Category: Heart Conditions
Tags: Heart Disease  

Did you know that there are early warning signs of heart disease that most people pass off as not serious or minor inconveniences? However, having just one of these early symptoms might not necessarily mean that you have heart disease. On the other hand, experiencing multiple warnings signs, like chest pains and a persistent coughing, might indicate that you already have heart disease, or worse, that you’re about to have a heart attack.

In this light, it’s vital to get a checkup with Dr. Virginia Gonzalez here at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, APMC in our Winnsboro, LA, or West Monroe, LA, to prevent these heart disease symptoms from progressing and turning into a full-blown heart problem:

  • Chest and Shoulder Pains. These pains, particularly when on the left side of the chest near the heart, are very common signs of an imminent heart attack. These pain manifests as a slow buildup of pain in your shoulder and usually indicate problems with the heart.
  • Irregular Heartbeat. Although some people with an irregular heartbeat can be 100% healthy, it might likewise indicate a heart attack or heart failure.
  • Sleeping and Snoring Issues. These have been associated directly with heart disease as well as other cardiovascular problems.
  • Swollen Feet and Legs. This could indicate heart failure. Like chest pain, the swelling of your feet and legs are due to poor blood flow to your heart, resulting in blood clots or your heart not working.
  • Pain in The Jaw. In women particularly, pain that runs from the heart and up to the jaw is a common sign of heart attack, especially when it occurs along with breathing issues or other heart attack warning signs.
  • Fatigue and Shortness of Breath. These are typically caused by backed-up blood vessels that begin spreading to areas where they shouldn’t go, such as your lungs.
  • Persistent Cough. This could indicate that your lungs are storing fluids, which is a common symptom of congestive heart failure.
  • Lightheadedness or Dizziness. Fainting or feeling lightheaded or dizzy could indicate that the brain isn’t receiving sufficient oxygen, which is the top cause of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Cold Sweats. Sweating, particularly cold sweats, might signal an issue with the heart, especially when you are not engaging in physical activity and have chest pain.

Fortunately, it is never too late to try and take better care of your heart and avoid heart disease. Work closely with your doctor in our Winnsboro, LA, or West Monroe, LA, office to create a heart disease management plan.

Reach Out to Us For More Details, Questions, or Concerns About Heart Disease

Arrange an appointment here at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, APMC in our West Monroe, LA, or Winnsboro, LA, office with Dr. Virginia Gonzalez by dialing (318) 338-3540.

By Virginia Y. Gonzalez
July 21, 2020
Category: Cardiology Care
Tags: Heart Disease  

Reducing your heart disease risks often takes consistent planning and lifestyle changes. Stress from the job, an imbalanced diet, and overconsumption of alcohol are all factors in developing cardiac ailments. Visiting Dr. Virginia Gonzalez can put you on the track back to health. An appointment at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center located in the Winnsboro and West Monroe LA areas can help patients maintain wellness.

In between visits with a specialist, there are some things you can do to stave off heart disease:

Eat a heart-healthy balanced diet.

Protecting your heart with nutritious foods is delicious and promotes longevity. Studies have shown that consuming a Mediterranean diet rich in alpha-linolenic acid helps to stave off heart disease. Consuming a diet rich in foods like wild salmon, olives, and fresh fruits and veggies is an excellent way to maintain health.

Move your body.

Exercising vigorously can prevent and even reverse cardiac conditions. Getting active 3 or 4 times a week is a great way to get the blood circulating and reduce "bad" cholesterol, otherwise known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

Incorporate rest and sleep

Sleep reduces inflammatory markers and pain in the body. Rest is conducive to relieving stress, which leads to better heart health. Doctors recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night to encourage suitable bedtime habits. An excellent method to help the body wind down is a warm bath or shower about an hour before bed. Be sure to turn off your electronics at that time, too.

Don’t smoke

Smoking puts stress on the cardiovascular system, but quitting smoking resets the body and allows the heart and lungs to heal the damage that was done by smoking. Cigarette use correlates with a raised risk of stroke and other heart diseases.

If you are interested in obtaining more information or would like to see Dr. Virginia Gonzalez for a pre-existing condition, contact Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center in Winnsboro and West Monroe LA at (318) 338-3540 to schedule a consultation.