Making smarter choices about your health can greatly benefit your heart.
With heart disease being the leading cause of death in both US men and women, it is important that you are doing your part to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. Regardless or your risk level, everyone can benefit from making smarter and healthier choices, and our Kissimmee, FL, cardiologist Dr. Aamir Javaid can provide guidance. Here are some ways to improve heart health:
If you find yourself jumping from the office desk to the couch every day, this kind of sedentary lifestyle can greatly impact your risk for heart disease. Therefore, one of the best things you can do for your heart is to get up and move. The American Heart Association recommends getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day (or at least most days of the week).
This might mean taking a brisk walk around the neighborhood or joining a group class at your gym. Whatever gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing can improve your blood pressure, boost circulation, and keep the heart healthy and strong.
If you’re looking for yet another reason to ditch this habit, finding out that it can greatly increase your risk for heart disease may just be enough of a reason. Smoking can raise blood pressure and increase your risk for stroke. While there are a ton of smoking cessation aids and programs out there, we also know that taking the first steps can be difficult. This is where our cardiologist can help you find the right program to fit your needs.
Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet
What you eat plays a major role in your heart health. It’s important that you avoid foods that are high in cholesterol such as processed meats and desserts. When they say your diet should look like a rainbow this means eating fruits and vegetables with a variety of color, which can provide you with all the vitamins and minerals you need. Also, choose whole grains and lean protein like chicken breasts and fish. Talk with your doctor about ways to change your diet to support a healthy heart.
Visit a Cardiologist
Have a family history of heart disease? Noticing that you’re winded more easily with activity? Want to see how your heart is doing? There are many reasons people turn to a cardiologist. With multiple locations throughout Kissimmee and Orlando, FL, we make it easier to get the routine and comprehensive checkups you need to make sure you are healthy. Just about everyone can benefit from visiting us at least once a year to check their health status.
If you want to know whether you could be at risk for heart disease, it’s time to talk with a cardiologist about your health. Call Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee, FL, today at (407) 572-8900.
No one wants heart problems. Heart attack, angina, cardiovascular disease, arrhythmias, and more concern many Americans, and they need the best in diagnostics and treatment. At the Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee, Poinciana and St. Cloud, FL, your cardiologist, Dr. Aamir Javaid, performs innovative cardiac procedures including the exercise stress test. Here are details on this important diagnostic and what it can reveal.
What is a stress test?
It's a procedure performed at the Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care. Your cardiologist will challenge your heart rate, rhythm, and function as you walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike. As you exercise in sneakers and comfortable clothing, you'll be observed for any cardiac symptoms (such as fatigue, chest pain and shortness of breath) and monitored with an EKG. Also, the doctor will watch your heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure.
Some patients undergo something called a nuclear stress test. Basically, it fully resembles a stress test; however, the patient receives an injection of a nuclear dye that circulates through the heart and images heart muscle function and circulation.
Why would you need a stress test?
There are several reasons why your cardiologist orders a stress test:
- You are symptomatic (with chest pain as an example), and he wishes to pinpoint why.
- You have had surgery or medical treatment for a heart issue, and he wants to track your progress.
- The doctor wants to predict the risk of developing cardiovascular issues.
- You want to start an exercise program and must know if it is safe for you to do so.
The American Heart Association (AHA) says that this test yields valuable information so that your physician can individualize your cardiac care plan. Additionally, the AHA states that the test is very safe and no more difficult than walking up quickly uphill. You may stop the test any time you feel sick, fatigued, or uncomfortable in any way.
Find out more
An exercise stress test is one of the simplest and most valuable cardiovascular evaluations. To learn more about how it can help your cardiac treatment plan, please call the Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee, Poinciana and St. Cloud, FL. Dr. Javaid and his team are kind and expert in all phases of cardiovascular care. Call today.
How angioplasty from your cardiologist in Kissimmee and Poinciana, FL, can help you
Angioplasty is a procedure to open up blocked arteries and restore adequate blood flow to your heart. The procedure uses an ultra-thin tube called a catheter, which contains a balloon at one end. The catheter is inserted into an artery in either your leg or your arm and guided up through your artery to reach the area to be treated. Once the blocked area is reached, the balloon is inflated, which clears out and opens the artery, restoring normal blood flow.
Here at the Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care, your cardiologist, Dr. Aamir Javaid, offers a wide range of services—including angioplasty—to optimize your health. Read on to learn what this treatment can do for you, and call one of his two convenient office locations in Kissimmee and Poinciana, FL, to schedule a consultation.
What angioplasty can do for you
You may need angioplasty because of narrowed arteries, a condition often caused by chronically elevated cholesterol levels. High cholesterol can lead to a build-up of plaque in your arteries, which causes them to constrict and narrow. Narrow arteries can lead to a lack of blood flow to your heart, cause chest pain, and potentially cause a heart attack.
An angioplasty may be recommended if you have:
- Severe, chronic chest pain
- Blockages in your arteries
- A blood clot which has blocked blood flow
Angioplasty can help prevent heart attacks and strokes by opening up blocked arteries. A similar procedure, known as balloon valvuloplasty may be recommended to widen heart valves that have narrowed. Your doctor may also recommend placing a stent inside your artery to keep it open and provide you with continuous, adequate blood flow.
Need care? Call your cardiologist today
To find out more about angioplasty and other cardiology services, call Dr. Aamir Javaid at Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care, with offices in Kissimmee and Poinciana, FL. Dial (407) 572-8900 now and protect your heart!
Dealing with high blood pressure? Learn more about this condition and what it means for your health.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with high blood pressure? Do you want to know the best way to protect yourself from developing hypertension? No matter why you are here, it’s great that you are taking the initiative to lead a healthier life. From the Kissimmee, FL, office of our cardiologist, Dr. Aamir Javaid, read on to learn all about hypertension!
What is a normal blood pressure reading?
A normal blood pressure is less than 120 (the systolic, or the top number) and over 80 (the diastolic, or the bottom number), which reads as 120/80.
When is blood pressure considered high?
There are different stages of hypertension,
- Elevated blood pressure is a systolic reading between 120-129 and a diastolic reading of less than 80.
- Hypertension stage 1 is a systolic reading between 130-139 and a diastolic reading between 80-89.
- Hypertension stage 2 is a systolic reading of 140 or higher and a diastolic reading of 90 or higher.
- Hypertensive crisis (this is a medical emergency) means a systolic reading over 180 and a diastolic reading that is higher than 120.
While an elevated blood pressure reading may not seem critical, it’s important to not take this reading lightly. In fact, many people with elevated blood pressure are likely to develop hypertension if they do nothing to improve their current health and lifestyle.
The sooner you are able to detect a higher than normal blood pressure, the sooner you can take control of the situation; fortunately, elevated blood pressure can often be controlled with simple lifestyle changes.
Are there risk factors for high blood pressure?
Certain risk factors including,
- A family history of hypertension
- Diets high in salt
- Being overweight or obese
- Taking birth control pills
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
Unfortunately, many people with hypertension don’t even know they have it! This is because it often produces no symptoms unless the blood pressure is extremely high and requires immediate medical attention.
Seeing your doctor for an annual checkup will allow them to monitor your blood pressure and detect hypertension. If you have a family history of high blood pressure or other risk factors, it may be a good idea to visit our Kissimmee, FL, heart doctor regularly to check your blood pressure.
How is hypertension treated?
There are a variety of lifestyle changes that can improve your blood pressure including,
- Quitting smoking
- Limiting or quitting alcohol
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy diet that is low in sodium
- Reducing stress
Medication may also be prescribed to help get your blood pressure under control in instances where lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough. Medication along with a healthy lifestyle can improve your blood pressure and your health.
Give us a call!
When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? Call the Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee and Poinciana, FL, today at (407) 572-8900 to schedule your consultation!
Find out why your chest hurts and when to turn to a medical professional.
As you’ve probably heard before, chest pain is a symptom that you should never just ignore. Even though chest pain may be the result of something rather minor or innocuous, the symptom can also be the result of a number of life-threatening conditions that require immediate treatment. Read below to find out what causes chest pain and when you should turn to our Kissimmee, FL, cardiologist, Dr. Aamir Javaid for care.
Common Causes of Chest Pain
As we mentioned, chest pain can be the result of something minor or potentially life-threatening, which is why you should always play it safe and see a doctor right away if you are dealing with chest pain for the first time. Causes of chest pain include,
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Heart attack
- Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart)
- Mitral valve prolapse (a condition that affects one of the valves of the heart)
The heart isn’t always to blame for your chest pain, however. Sometimes issues with the respiratory or gastrointestinal systems can lead to the sensation. These issues include,
- Pleurisy (inflammation of the lining of the lungs)
- Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Peptic ulcers
- Gallbladder issues
- Hiatal hernia
When to See a Cardiologist
Again, if you are experiencing chest pain, it’s best to turn to your doctor right away to make sure that the problem isn’t serious. Call your Kissimmee, FL, heart doctor right away if you are experiencing,
- Severe chest pain
- Trouble swallowing
- Fever or chills
- Rapid heart rate
- Very low blood pressure or low heart rate
- Chest pain that spread to other areas of the body
- Sudden chest pain accompanied by trouble breathing, especially during inactivity
It’s important to keep in mind that many of these symptoms may be similar to the symptoms you’ll experience with a heart attack, although it doesn’t necessarily guarantee it. Of course, do not dismiss or ignore your pain, as the consequences could be fatal.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
We know how scary chest pain and other heart-related symptoms can be, and we know that, in these cases, you want answers as soon as possible. Turn to the experts at the Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee, FL, to get the comprehensive and compassionate heart care that you are looking for! Our number is (407) 572-8900. Call today!
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