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By DR. LEITH ABDULLA MD
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.

By DR. LEITH ABDULLA MD
April 09, 2020
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Heart Disease  

Could you have heart disease? Identifying your risk factors and making lifestyle changes when possible can help you lower your risk or manage the disease if you have it. Your Olney and Rockville, MD, cardiologist, Dr. Leith Abdulla of Leith Abdulla Cardiology, diagnoses and treats heart disease and helps you care for your heart health.

What are the symptoms of heart disease?

Symptoms of heart disease aren't always obvious and may include:

  • Chest Pain: Chest pain can be a symptom of the disease even if it doesn't occur constantly or doesn't seem to be particularly strong. Go to the emergency room immediately if you experience severe pain, pressure or squeezing in your chest, vomiting, nausea, or pain that travels to your neck, jaw or shoulders.
  • Shortness of Breath: Even minor exertion may leave you short of breath if you have heart disease.
  • Palpitations: Palpitations aren't necessarily serious but can be an indication of heart disease. Your heart may skip a beat if you have a palpitation, or it may flutter, pound or race.
  • Fatigue: Fatigue can occur if your heart must work harder than normal.
  • Pain, Numbness or Weakness in Your Arms and Legs: These symptoms may occur if your blood vessels have narrowed due to heart disease.
  • Dizziness, Lightheadedness or Fainting: Fainting or dizziness can happen for many reasons, including heart disease.
  • Swollen Ankles, Feet or Legs: Blood may collect in your leg and causes fluid to accumulate if your heart doesn't function normally.

Who is most likely to develop heart disease?

You may be at increased risk of heart disease if you are a man or woman past menopause. Other risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol or triglyceride levels
  • Obesity
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Lack of exercise
  • Unhealthy diet
  • A family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Race or ethnic group (heart disease is more common in American Indians, African-Americans and Mexican Americans)
  • Diabetes
  • Stress

A visit to your Rockville or Olney, MD, cardiologist can you ensure that you receive appropriate treatment should you have heart disease or an underlying condition that may increase your risk.

Are you worried that you may have heart disease? Schedule an appointment with your Olney and Rockville, MD, cardiologist, Dr. Leith Abdulla of Leith Abdulla Cardiology, by calling (301) 774-5260 for the Rockville, MD, office or (301) 881-5858 for the Olney office.