Heart Disease Specialists

Heart Disease Specialist

Heart Disease services offered in Sun City, AZ

Because it’s one of the most common causes of death in the United States, heart disease is dangerous when left untreated. At The Maxwell Group in Sun City, Arizona, the exceptional internal medicine team diagnoses and helps manage heart disease to reduce the chance of a heart attack, stroke, or other serious complications. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Heart Disease Q&A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a common chronic (ongoing) condition that affects your heart. It encompasses heart failure, rhythm problems, coronary artery disease (CAD), congenital heart defects, valve diseases, and other heart or blood vessel disorders. See The Maxwell Group team at the first sign of a problem. 

What are the symptoms of heart disease?

The common symptoms of heart disease include:

  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pressure or pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Numbness, weakness, or coldness in your legs
  • Jaw, throat, neck, back, or abdominal pain
  • Chest fluttering
  • Racing or slow heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Blue, gray, or pale skin
  • Swelling in your feet, ankles, hands, or abdomen
  • Difficulty breathing during exercise
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeats

You might also have a fever, dry cough, or rash because of a heart infection. If a heart disease isn’t treated, complications such as heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, or peripheral artery disease (PAD) can occur. 

What are the risk factors for heart disease?

While heart disease is common and anyone can develop it, risk factors include:

  • Older age
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Poor dietary habits
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise
  • Excess body weight 
  • Diabetes
  • Ongoing stress
  • Poor dental health

Maintaining an ideal body weight and adopting healthy lifestyle habits are the best ways to reduce your chance of developing heart disease.

How does my provider diagnose heart disease?

There are numerous ways your provider detects heart disease. They begin by weighing you and checking your blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs. Your primary care specialist also completes a physical exam, listens to your heartbeat and breathing, and orders diagnostic testing.

They may recommend blood tests, urine testing, an electrocardiogram (EKG), an echocardiogram, a stress test, other heart-function tests, X-rays, a CT scan, an MRI, or an MRI cardiac catheterization.

How is heart disease treated?

Common heart disease treatments include lifestyle changes, medications, and medical procedures. You might lose weight, exercise more, or make dietary changes. 

Your specialist could suggest prescription medications, dietary supplements, or minor procedures to widen narrow blood vessels, fix a heart problem, or reroute blood around clogged vessels.

If you need care from a heart specialist, The Maxwell Group team refers you to a highly trained provider.

Call The Maxwell Group office or use the online scheduler today to find out if you have heart disease or properly manage your condition.