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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.

May 26, 2020
Category: Cardiology

A heart-healthy lifestyle entails understanding all of your heart disease risk factors, making the right choices, and taking the necessary steps to minimize your risk of developing harmful conditions. By taking the following preventive steps and working with your cardiologist, Dr. Leith Abdulla of Leith Abdulla Cardiology in Rockville and Olney, MD, you can reduce your heart disease risk and improve your general wellbeing.

Know and Understand Your Risk Factors

Your risk level is dependent on various factors, with some being modifiable, and others, unfortunately not. These risk factors are habits or conditions that make you more likely to develop some sort of heart disease, and these are different from one person to another. So you need to know your specific risks and work towards decreasing them.

Keep Your Weight at a Healthy Level

Ask your cardiologist about what BMI, or body mass index, is the most appropriate for you. Observing a heart-healthy diet and working out regularly are tried-and-true ways to achieve and preserve a healthy weight.

Opt for Foods That Nourish Your Heart

Eating for your heart and overall health involves selecting foods like veggies and fruits, while restricting others like added sugars, trans fat, and saturated fats.

Keep Your Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Levels in Check

High blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels are two of the most significant heart disease risk factors. You will need to work with your cardiologist in our Olney, MD, or Rockville, MD, office to ensure that these levels are always in check.

Work Out Regularly

When starting on a new work out regimen, ask your cardiologist about what kinds and how much exercise are safe to do based on your overall health.

Get Quality Sleep

Whenever you sleep at night, your body works to maintain physical health and support proper cognitive function. Not receiving adequate sleep over time could increase your risk of both heart disease and other kinds of chronic health issues as well.

To Learn More About How to Live a Heart-Friendly Lifestyle, We Can Help

To arrange a consultation with your cardiologist, Dr. Leith Abdulla, dial (301) 881-5858 to reach our Rockville, MD, office or (301) 774-5260 to reach our Olney, MD, office.