Poor lifestyle choices, unhealthy diets, and obesity all contribute to heart disease and other cardiac illnesses. At Nu Pathway Healthcare and Wellness in Bowie, Maryland, the experienced medical team offers several cardiac care services on-site. The team diagnoses and treats conditions like heart failure and arrhythmias to reduce your risk of developing long-term heart problems. They also provide preventive screenings to determine if you show the early signs of a cardiac condition. To schedule an evaluation for cardiac conditions, call Nu Pathways Healthcare and Wellness today or book a consultation online.request an appointment
What are common cardiac conditions?
Many conditions can affect the function and health of your heart. Some of the common cardiac conditions the team at Nu Pathway Healthcare and Wellness diagnose and treat include:
Angina describes discomfort or pain in your chest that can radiate into your arm, neck, and jaw. This condition develops when your arteries become narrowed by plaque or age-related changes, and blood can’t properly flow into your heart.
When your heart muscle can’t pump enough blood to support the rest of your body, you’re diagnosed with heart failure. The lack of oxygen-filled blood can cause chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, and increase your risk of having a heart attack.
An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. This abnormality happens when the electrical signals in your heart aren’t normal. Your heart might beat too fast (tachycardia), too slowly (bradycardia), or irregularly.
Coronary artery disease
The arteries that carry blood into your heart can become clogged by plaque or narrow with age. This condition is called coronary artery disease. The obstructions don’t allow enough blood to flow into the heart.
High blood pressure (hypertension)
Your blood pressure measures the force of blood against your blood vessel walls. When the force is too high, it can damage the vessels and increase your risk of having a heart attack, stroke, and other serious health complications.
How are cardiac conditions diagnosed?
Nu Pathway Healthcare and Wellness offers on-site cardiac testing to identify the underlying cause of cardiac-related symptoms like chest pains, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
Available tests include echocardiograms, which is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to create pictures of your heart. The team can also order an electrocardiogram (EKG), a test that measures the electrical activity of your heart.
During your evaluation for unusual symptoms, you can expect the team to review your personal and family medical history, your lifestyle, and any medications you take.
If you’re not showing symptoms but have risk factors for a cardiac condition, the team provides preventive cardiac screenings. These identify the early warning signs of heart disease and other issues.
How are cardiac conditions treated?
Treating a cardiac condition depends on what kind it is. Making lifestyle changes and losing weight are often part of your initial treatment to reduce your risk of developing severe cardiac conditions.
If your condition is more serious, the Nu Pathways Healthcare and Wellness team can prescribe medications that help your blood circulate more efficiently, prevent blood clots, and control your blood pressure.
To learn more about the services available for cardiac conditions, call Nu Pathways Healthcare and Wellness today or book a consultation online.