Comprehensive Cardiovascular Disease Treatment Options

A heart attack is not the only threat to your heart health. Heart valve disease, congestive heart failure, heart arrhythmia and other cardiac conditions may leave you catching your breath, low on energy, swollen in some body parts, nauseous or simply not functioning your best.

The good thing is, our cardiology team at Placentia-Linda Hospital is committed to helping you live life with a healthy heart. Our cardiologists and surgeons diagnose heart conditions using noninvasive and digital imaging technology. They also recommend comprehensive nonsurgical and surgical cardiovascular disease treatment options, depending on what is best for your situation. Additionally, we have nurses, technologists and administrative staff who will guide you from the day you reach out to us to recovery. You can rely on us because we have the expertise and compassion that makes us a community built on care.

Some of the highlights of our high-quality cardiovascular care in Southern California are as follows:

  • Diagnostic imaging services
  • Cardiac tests and screenings
  • Nonsurgical treatment options
  • Surgical treatment options (i.e., cardiac, thoracic and vascular procedures)
  • Operating rooms

Which Heart Conditions Do We Treat?

Some of the heart conditions that our cardiologists at Placentia-Linda Hospital help treat include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Angina
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Heart blocks
  • Heart failure
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Pericarditis
  • Peripheral aneurysm
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Valve disorders
  • Varicose veins
  • Vasculitis (blood vessel inflammation)

What Cardiac Procedures Do We Offer?

When nonsurgical cardiovascular disease treatment options such as lifestyle changes and medications are not enough to treat cardiovascular disease, our cardiologists at Placentia-Linda Hospital may recommend surgical options such as the following:

  • Angioplasty
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Catheter ablation
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Transmyocardial revascularization (TMR)

Some of the cardiac devices we use include:

  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (AICD)
  • Loop recorder placement
  • Pacemakers

What Is a Cardiologist?

A cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing, preventing and treating various diseases and conditions that affect the heart, arteries and veins. These doctors typically complete at least 10 years of education and clinical training and must pass a cardiology exam provided by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Why Should You See a Cardiologist?

Heart disease is still the top cause of death in the United States for both men and women. We recommend that you see a cardiologist if you are at an increased risk for a heart condition. Some of the risk factors for heart disease include the following:

  • An unhealthy diet
  • Clinical depression
  • Excessive drinking of alcohol
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Insulin resistance or diabetes
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Old age
  • Smoking
  • Too much stress

We also recommend that you schedule annual heart check-ups so your cardiologist can monitor your heart health and prevent heart conditions from arising or getting worse.

What Are the Warning Symptoms of Heart Disease?

Heart disease does not happen overnight. It often develops over time, starting with early symptoms. Unfortunately, when you ignore these early signs, you may miss an opportunity to prevent the condition from getting worse. Please see a cardiologist as soon as you experience some of the following warning signs and symptoms of heart disease:

  • Ankle, leg or feet swelling
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Fast or uneven heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Lack or loss of coordination
  • Loss of balance
  • Narrowed blood vessels
  • Shortness of breath 

Meanwhile, please call 911 or ask someone to bring you to the emergency room if your symptoms are severe, as these may lead to a heart attack. These symptoms include the following:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Fainting
  • Nausea, lightheadedness or being unusually tired
  • Pain or discomfort at the back, jaw, arm, neck or shoulder
  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting

How Do Cardiologists Diagnose Heart Disease?

During an initial assessment, your doctor may ask about your symptoms, medical history, ask your family history and perform a physical exam. Based on the results of your initial evaluation, your doctor may recommend further tests and screenings to help diagnose your condition. These may include the following:

  • Blood tests
  • Catheter angiography
  • Cholesterol checks
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Exercise stress test
  • Heart screening
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • MR angiography
  • Venography

Know if Your Heart is Healthy

Some people don’t know that they have heart disease because they don’t experience any symptoms. To help prevent this from happening, we recommend that you regularly schedule a visit to a cardiologist. Taking our heart assessment may also help you determine if you should see a cardiologist right away for a specific test or treatment.

Take the Heart Assessment

Why Choose Placentia-Linda Hospital for Your Cardiac Care?

Your heart is a crucial organ in your body; that’s why it’s best to entrust it with a healthcare provider who genuinely cares. Thankfully, the cardiovascular team at Placentia-Linda Hospital, comprised of board-certified cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, technologists and administrative staff, has been providing compassionate, quality care in Southern California for decades.

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