Heart Disease Specialist

You may not think you have to worry about your heart, but in the United States, one in every four deaths is the result of heart disease — making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. Board-certified internal medicine doctor, Anasse Souidi, MD, has vast experience in treating heart disease and reducing patients’ risk of having a heart attack or stroke. If you live near Trenton or Lawrenceville, New Jersey, don’t wait until something happens. Schedule an appointment today at Pulmonary and Internal Medicine to check your heart health. Book your consultation online or call the office now.

Heart Disease Q & A

What are the symptoms of heart disease?

The most common symptom of heart disease is chest pain, but some people mistake for indigestion or heartburn. In many cases, heart disease symptoms go unnoticed until the condition is severe. When this happens, a heart attack or stroke may be the first sign of trouble.

For those with progressed heart disease, symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating

What causes heart disease?

Accumulated plaque on your artery walls, a condition called atherosclerosis, causes heart disease.

Such build-ups cause your arteries to narrow and restricts blood flow. It becomes particularly dangerous when a blood clot forms, as these clots can block the artery and stop blood flow altogether.

When plaque blocks blood flow to the heart, you may have a heart attack. When a blood clot blocks an artery to the brain, you may have a stroke.

Can you reduce your risk of heart disease?

The three main risk factors for heart disease are:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Cigarette smoking

To reduce your risk of heart disease, Dr. Souidi recommends quitting smoking. He also suggests other preventive measures, including regular blood pressure and cholesterol checks. That allows him to monitor your risk factors and addresses any issues if they arise.

Dr. Souidi also recommends reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. He encourages all patients with a risk of cardiovascular disease to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.

He also advocates for a heart-healthy diet, which includes limiting sodium and eating:

  • Plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Lean meats
  • Low-fat dairy
  • Limited healthy fats

Stress-reducing activities, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises, are also beneficial.

How do you treat heart disease?

If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol, Dr. Souidi may prescribe a medication to assist; sometimes, multiple prescriptions may be necessary.

If you have significant plaque buildup, he may recommend a cardiac catheterization, also called a heart cath, to determine the severity of your condition and examine your heart and arteries.

If you’re at risk for heart disease, don’t wait until you have a heart attack or stroke. Seek the care of a board-certified physician. Call Dr. Souidi’s office today to schedule your appointment or book it online now.

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