Cardiology Blog
By DR. LEITH ABDULLA MD
May 13, 2022
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Cardiologist  

A cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in caring for your heart. Dr. Leith Abdulla in Rockville and Olney, MD offers personalized service from both of his offices. He specializes in preventing heart disease but also in treating any heart conditions you may have.

You may be thinking about visiting a cardiologist for a variety of reasons. Your primary doctor may have made the suggestion and provided the referral you may need. You may know that you have a family history of heart issues and have decided to be proactive. 

Primary doctor suggestion

Your primary doctor likely knows you and your health better than anyone else. They take your vitals and do tests every year during your annual physical and if they suggest that you see a cardiologist, you should take it seriously. 

Family history

If your family has a history of heart ailments, it is important that not only should you be aware of it, but you should see a cardiologist. Making sure that you are proactive in trying to avoid suffering from the same conditions can save your life.

Symptoms of heart disease

If you have symptoms that may indicate that you have heart disease:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain 
  • Chest pain that moves down the arm
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Palpitations 
  • Rapid or racing heartbeat

These are just the most basic symptoms. Most people are aware of them, but it is essential to make sure that you are aware of all the symptoms that may indicate heart issues. The symptoms that women feel are often different from those of men. 

Gum disease

Gum disease can lead to serious heart issues. You need to see a periodontist and a cardiologist in Rockville and Olney, MD if you are suffering from this issue. 

High Cholesterol

If you have untreated high cholesterol, you are placing yourself at risk of heart disease. You should see your primary care doctor first to try to get the condition under control, but if that isn't working, you need to see a cardiologist to keep it from becoming a more serious issue. 

High blood pressure

High blood pressure doesn't present itself with any symptoms. It can do lots of damage without you even being aware. Having a cardiologist who can help you to get it down to normal levels and keep it there is essential to your continued health.  

If you have concerns about your heart and feel that a cardiologist in Rockville and Olney, MD is someone that you need to visit, Dr. Abdulla is accepting new patients. Call his office in Olney, MD, at (301) 774-5260, or at his office in Rockville, MD, at (301) 881-5858 to make an appointment.

By DR. LEITH ABDULLA MD
April 28, 2022
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Heart Disease  

According to the CDC, one person in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease every 36 seconds. That translates to 659,000 people every year. Heart disease is a leading cause of death. Dr. Leith Abdulla in Rockville and Olney, MD provides all the heart services you may need to care for your heart.

Protecting yourself from heart disease can mean a lot of different things. It means managing risk factors such as diabetes, cholesterol, family history, and hypertension. 

Family history

One of the most important weapons you have against heart disease is your knowledge of your family history. If you know that certain types of heart diseases often happen in your family, it gives you some of the information you need to be able to protect yourself from suffering the same fate. You can avoid smoking, exercise regularly, have a healthy diet, keep your weight within a healthy range, drink less alcohol, and try to maintain good mental health. 

Letting your doctor know about any family history you may have can be one of the most vital things you do to protect yourself from heart disease. 

Hypertension

High blood pressure is the silent killer and if you're worried about heart disease in Rockville and Olney, MD, it is essential that you take all the necessary steps to maintain a healthy blood pressure level. You can do this through diet, exercise, a healthy weight, and not smoking. You should get your blood pressure taken regularly and, if necessary, your doctor can prescribe medication to keep the level safe. 

Cholesterol

Maintaining a healthy cholesterol level can go a long way toward protecting your heart. You need to adopt a low saturated fat diet that is high in fiber and get regular exercise. If you are unable to maintain a healthy level with these lifestyle changes, you may need to take a statin drug. 

Diabetes

Keeping your diabetes under control can protect the health of your heart. If your diabetes level is high over time, it will cause damage to blood vessels and also the nerves that control your heart. 

Having a healthy lifestyle that includes plenty of a healthy diet with plenty of fiber, lowering your alcohol intake, regular exercise, and no smoking can help to protect your heart.  

You can take all your heart disease questions in Rockville and Olney, MD to Dr. Abdulla. Dr. Abdulla has two offices, one in Rockville and one in Olney, MD. To make an appointment, call 301-774-5260 in Olney and 301-881-5858 in Rockville.

By DR. LEITH ABDULLA MD
February 08, 2022
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Stress Test  

Concerned about the health of your heart?

With heart disease being the number one cause of death in both men and women worldwide, it’s important that you know how your heart is doing. Many people turn to our Rockville and Olney, MD, cardiologist Dr. Leith Abdulla, whether they are experiencing symptoms, have a family history of heart disease, or simply want to protect their heart health. Wondering if a stress test could provide you with the answers you need regarding the health of your heart?

What is a stress test?

A stress test involves hooking a patient up to an ECG monitor, which measures the electrical activity of the heart and having them walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike. Our Rockville and Olney, MD, cardiologist will also monitor your breathing and blood pressure during exercise. The exercise portion of this test is fairly fast, taking only about 10-15 minutes.

What do stress test results show?

This test tells our team how well your heart functions under stress (aka exercise) when more blood has to be pumped from the heart. A stress test can show us,

  • Normal blood flow at rest and during exercise
  • Low blood flow during exercise but normal blood flow at rest which may suggest a blocked artery
  • Low blood flow during both rest and exercise may suggest coronary artery disease

If your stress test results are abnormal our cardiologist will most likely recommend additional testing to determine what’s going on.

When should I consider a stress test?

If you are showing symptoms of coronary artery disease or arrhythmia, then our Rockville and Olney, MD, cardiologist may recommend getting a stress test. You should always come in for a consultation if you are experiencing any of these symptoms,

  • Chest pain or discomfort, particularly with activity
  • Shortness of breath
  • Easily fatigued, especially after exercise
  • Leg swelling
  • Nausea
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat

Sometimes a stress test is also needed before heart surgery or to determine if current treatments to manage certain cardiac issues are effective, or if you’re about to start a new exercise routine.

If you have questions about your upcoming stress test, or you want to find out if a stress test is right for you and the symptoms you’re experiencing, our Rockville and Olney, MD, cardiologist Dr. Abdulla can sit down with you to discuss what testing you may need. To schedule an appointment, call URUK, LLC at (301) 774-5260.

By DR. LEITH ABDULLA MD
January 24, 2022
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Heart Disease  

Heart disease tends to develop over a period of time. More often than not, you will experience early warning signs long before you develop serious heart problems. At the same time, some early warning signs may not be quite as obvious. Plus, no two people will have the exact same symptoms. When you have questions about heart disease in Rockville and Olney, MD, reach out to Dr. Leith Abdulla Cardiology.

Chest Pain (Angina)

Pain in the chest also referred to as angina, is one of the most obvious signs of heart disease. You will not only feel pain in your chest but possibly throughout your entire body. In addition, you may feel nauseous, breathless, and like you could faint. The pain in the chest may be mild or severe, and it is often triggered by physical exertion or stress.

Shortness of Breath

When the heart is unable to pump blood the way it should, it can result in the blood backing up within your veins that go to the heart from the lungs. This can then lead to fluid leaking into your lungs, resulting in difficulty breathing. Therefore, shortness of breath is another early warning sign of heart disease in Rockville and Olney, MD. You may experience shortness of breath at any time, whether you are physically exerting yourself or simply resting.

Swelling of the Lower Extremities

Swelling, also referred to as edema, in the lower extremities, such as your legs, ankles, and/or feet, is another warning sign of heart disease. When your heart is not up to par, the blood flow decreases and backs up in your leg veins. Similar to the lungs, this leads to fluid building up within your tissues. In some instances, you may notice weight gain or swelling in the stomach.

Catch Heart Disease Early by Making an Appointment Today

It is important to understand that when you feel like something is off about your body and health, you should reach out to a professional. The older you get, the more at risk you are of developing heart disease. Of course, your lifestyle choices play a role as well. Dr. Abdulla at Dr. Leith Abdulla Cardiology can help diagnose heart disease in Rockville and Olney, MD, while also identifying ways to improve your overall health. Call (301) 774-5260 today to schedule an appointment.

By DR. LEITH ABDULLA MD
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.





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