Heart Disease Specialist

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, accounting for about 610,000 deaths per year in the United States. Our cardiology team at Prime Heart and Vascular helps patients in Allen, Frisco, Prosper, Celina, Little Elm, and Plano, Texas, find real solutions to reduce their risk of heart disease and maintain a healthy and active life. Call the location nearest you today for an appointment or book online with a renowned cardiologist.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease refers to a series of diseases and conditions that impact your cardiovascular system and heart. The most common forms of heart disease include:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Congenital heart defects
  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)

Heart disease can block or narrow your blood vessels’ canals, often leading to high blood pressure, angina, strokes, and heart attacks. These conditions are understood as cardiovascular diseases.

What are symptoms of heart disease?

Oftentimes, heart disease doesn’t show symptoms until the last minute, making it difficult to identify what you are suffering from. Dr. Shah is committed to developing strict screening schedules and counseling for patients to ensure that all symptoms are monitored and addressed.

Some of the most common signs of heart disease include, but are not limited to:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Pain or numbness in arms and legs
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Back, neck, jaw, and upper abdomen pain
  • Swelling

Each symptom affects individuals differently, depending on their overall health and gender.

What are the causes of heart disease?

There are many causes that contribute to the development of heart disease. Your chances of developing heart disease, especially arrhythmia and coronary artery disease, increase if you:

  • Smoke
  • Have high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Maintain a poor diet
  • Struggle with obesity and being overweight
  • Lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • Have a high-stress level
  • Have diabetes

For more specific diseases, the causes are more targeted.

Congenital heart defects

Congenital heart defects occur in the womb and develop while the baby’s heart develops. The mother’s lifestyle, health, and medicine regimen can have a severe effect on the development of congenital heart defects.

Cardiovascular disease

The most common causes of cardiovascular disease include:

  • Various infections, like endocarditis
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Rheumatic fever
What are the potential side effects of heart disease?

Heart disease can have life-threatening side effects, including:

  • Heart failure
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Aneurysms
  • Strokes
  • Heart attack
  • Peripheral artery disease
How is heart disease treated?

Dr. Shah provides expert solutions to help you find a healthy diet, medication regimen, and exercise plan. The more robust these are, the lower your chances are of experiencing heart disease.

Through rigorous and intensive counseling, Dr. Shah helps you make the necessary changes to your life. Should counseling not work, he can prescribe targeted medication to treat the exact type of heart disease you are suffering from.

Contact Prime Heart and Vascular today to learn more about how you can prevent, treat, and eliminate heart disease.