Cardiology Blog
September 15, 2021
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Cardiologist  

Do you plan to book an appointment with the heart doctor soon? Here's what you can expect when you visit your Rockville, and Olney, MD, cardiologist, Dr. Leith Abdulla.

Before you see the heart doctor

When you arrive at the office, you'll be greeted by friendly staff members who will check you in and take your new patient forms. A nurse will check your weight, blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature, and breathing rate and ask about your symptoms and reason for the visit. Once this information is recorded, you'll see the cardiologist.

Your appointment with the cardiologist

When you visit the Rockville, or Olney offices, your cardiologist will perform an examination and discuss your symptoms. They'll also want to know about diseases and conditions that run in your family.

Remembering all the little details of your medical history can be a little challenging. It's a good idea to create a list that includes the medications you take and past illnesses and surgeries. If you've been making notes about when your symptoms occur and what seems to trigger them, sharing that information with the heart doctor can also be helpful.

After examining you and discussing your symptoms and medical history, your cardiologist may recommend a few tests that will help determine if a problem with your heart is causing your symptoms. These tests may include:

  • Urine and blood tests
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Stress test
  • Non-stress test
  • Holter monitoring
  • Echocardiogram
  • Echo stress or nuclear stress test
  • Angiogram
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), or positron emission tomography (PET) scans

These tests provide valuable information on the way your heart works and looks and can reveal heart damage. Based on the tests, examination, and symptoms, your cardiologist will recommend a treatment plan if you are diagnosed with a heart problem. Some heart issues can be treated with medication and lifestyle changes, while others may require cardiac procedures or surgery.

Are you ready to book an appointment with your cardiologist in Rockville, and Olney, MD? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Abdulla by calling (301) 881-5858 or (301) 774-5260.

March 24, 2021
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Cardiologist  

Your cardiologist in Olney, MD, can protect your health.

You may not be thinking about your heart, but your cardiologist is. That’s why it’s important to know when you should see your heart expert. Your cardiologist. Dr. Leith Abdulla offers comprehensive cardiology services. He has two convenient office locations in Olney, and Rockville, MD, to help you stay healthy.

Your cardiologist is a vital part of your healthcare team and can keep you and your heart healthy. You should see your cardiologist if you:

  • Smoke, because smoking causes less oxygen to reach your vital organs, including your heart, and it can be a major risk of acquiring heart disease. Smoking can also increase blood clotting, which can cause a stroke.
  • Have high blood pressure, because a blood pressure reading higher than 120/80 puts you at greater risk of a heart attack. The right medication regimen from your cardiologist can keep your blood pressure under control.
  • Have high cholesterol, because a cholesterol level of 200mg/dl or higher can put you at greater risk of narrowed arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis, which can lead to heart disease.
  • Have a family history of heart disease, because heart problems can have a genetic component that could put you at higher risk of developing heart problems yourself.

You should also see your Olney, MD, cardiologist if you are experiencing acute heart symptoms, including:

  • A squeezing or tightening in your chest
  • Chest pain that radiates to different areas, including your jaw, neck, or arms
  • Chest pain that doesn’t go away or is getting worse
  • Chest pain accompanied by breathing problems, sweating, and pale skin
  • Heart palpitations or an irregular, fast pulse

Your cardiologist can help you and your heart stay healthy. To find out more about when it’s time for you to see your cardiologist, call Dr. Abdulla, in Olney, MD, at (301) 774-5260, or at his office in Rockville, MD, at (301) 881-5858. Protect your health by calling today!

February 09, 2021
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Diet  
A healthy lifestyle and a healthy heart go hand in hand, and one of the most important factors in heart health is diet. A balanced, nutritious meal plan is key in keeping your heart and body strong and functioning optimally.
At Dr. Leith Abdulla Cardiology, with locations in Rockville and Olney, our cardiologists can help you find the right diet to ensure your heart is at its healthiest. Here are some of the key ingredients of a heart-healthy diet:
Fruits and vegetables
Produce -- fresh, frozen, or canned with no added salts or sweeteners -- contains vitamins and nutrients needed for overall health. When possible, choose high fiber fruits and vegetables like apples, berries, broccoli, and green beans.
Because too much sodium can affect your blood pressure, use a light hand with the salt shaker, or try herbs and seasonings to enhance the flavor of your vegetables. Try olive oil instead of butter or margarine on your vegetables, and a heart healthy oil and vinegar blend on salads instead of bottled dressings, which can be high in salt, sugar and saturated fats.
Healthy fats
Dairy based fats, such as cream, butter and whole milk, can be high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Trans fats, sometimes found in packaged baked goods and snacks, are also damaging to your heart. Healthy fat options include avocado, nuts, olive oil and seeds. Ask your cardiologist at our Rockville or Olney office to recommend the right amount of fat to include in your diet based on your age, weight and overall health.
Fiber rich grains and legumes
Whole grains, beans, lentils, quinoa, oats and brown rice are great choices for heart health, with fiber, protein and nutrients.
Lean proteins
Opt for lean meats over fatty cuts like steak, bacon or ham, and try non-meat protein sources like tofu, yogurt, soy products and beans. Talk to your cardiologist at our Rockville or Olney office if you are interested in exploring a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Limited alcohol
Excess drinking can be damaging to your heart, liver and overall health. Keep alcoholic beverages at a minimum, or abstain completely.
Call your cardiologist at our Rockville office at 301-881-5858, or our Olney office at 301-774-5260 to learn more about heart health.
December 30, 2020
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Heart Disease  

We help you live a full, healthy life with heart disease.

One person dies every 36 seconds from heart disease here in the US, and in Maryland alone, heart disease is the leading cause of death. This is why it’s incredibly important that you understand your risk factors and the warning signs of heart disease so you can turn to our Rockville, MD, cardiologist Dr. Leith Abdulla for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Finding out that you have heart disease can seem scary at first, but our Rockville, MD, cardiology team will work with you to find the right medications and lifestyle modifications to control your condition. Warning signs of heart disease include,

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Trouble catching your breath
  • A fluttering in the chest
  • Rapid, racing heartbeat
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Light headed or fainting
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Easily exhausted after activity

As with most health problems, the sooner heart disease is detected the easier it is for our Rockville, MD, heart doctor to treat it. You may be particularly concerned about heart disease if you have a family history.

Testing for Heart Disease

There are several tests that are used to diagnose heart disease. These include,

  • Stress tests
  • Echocardiograms
  • Electrocardiogram
  • CT or MRI scans
  • Holter monitoring

Once we’ve determined the type and severity of your heart disease, we can map out your treatment plan. Heart disease is chronic, so while the problem will not go away there are a variety of solutions that can help you manage your symptoms effectively so that you can enjoy all aspects of your life.

Treating Heart Disease

Some treatment plans are rather simple, as is the case with heart infections. We can simply prescribe antibiotics to get rid of the infection; however, if you’re dealing with true heart disease some treatment plans will include,

  • Dietary modifications
  • Quitting smoking
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Getting hypertension or cholesterol under control
  • Getting regular physical activity
  • Taking medications such as calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, or nitrates
  • Undergoing specialized procedures or surgeries (e.g. angioplasty with stents)

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease or you are looking for a cardiologist in and around Rockville and Olney, MD, that can monitor your health and help you prevent heart disease, call our office today at (301) 774-5260.

November 10, 2020
Category: Cardiology
Tags: EKGS   Stress Test  

Here’s what an EKG and stress test can tell you about the health of your heart.

If you’re dealing with sudden shortness of breath, chest pain or an irregular or rapid heartbeat then our Rockville, MD, cardiologist Dr. Leith Abdulla may recommend additional testing in order to find out what’s going on and whether you could be suffering from heart disease. If you have a family history of heart disease, it’s particularly important that you visit your Rockville, MD, cardiologist Dr. Leith Abdulla, who may recommend getting an EKG and stress test.

What is an EKG?

EKG, which stands for electrocardiogram, is a diagnostic test that can be used to detect,

  • Abnormalities or defects within the heart
  • Heart rate and rhythm
  • Signs of a heart attack (whether current or a previous heart attack)

This test is quick, painless and completely non-invasive. In order to perform an EKG our Rockville, MD, heart doctor will apply electrodes to the chest, which are connected to wires that are hooked up to a monitor. This computer monitor allows our cardiologist to examine the electrical signals within the heart to look for heart disease and other issues. The test only takes about 5-10 minutes.

What is a stress test?

A stress test or exercise stress test takes a bit longer than a standard EKG (anywhere from 30-60 minutes). An EKG is still being performed during a stress test, but it will run for the entire length of this diagnostic procedure. During a stress test the patient is instructed to walk at varying speeds on a treadmill.

If a patient is unable to walk on a treadmill then a chemical stress test is performed, in which medication is administered through an IV to mimic the stress placed on the heart during exercise.

An exercise stress test detects,

  • Blood flow throughout the heart (to pinpoint reduced blood flow or blockages)
  • To detect coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Heart rhythm and rate, as well as blood pressure
  • To measure and analyze your level of fitness, as compared to your age group

Should I get an EKG or stress test?

These tests can be vitally important to those experiencing heart problems. If you are dealing with chest pain, shortness of breath or changes in heart rate or rhythm then you may want to talk with our Rockville, MD, cardiologist about getting an EKG and stress test. The sooner we can detect heart disease, blockages and other serious problems the sooner we can find treatment options to help you feel better and manage symptoms effectively.

If you are dealing with changes in heart rhythm or other symptoms that you think our Olney and Rockville, MD, cardiologist should investigate through an EKG and stress test then call our office today at (301) 774-5260 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leith Abdulla.

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