Cardiovascular Prevention Specialist

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta

Primary Care Physicians located in Atlanta, GA

One in every four deaths, or approximately 610,000 people per year, die of heart disease in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta provides cardiovascular health services to reduce the risks for cardiovascular problems or treat cardiovascular health issues at its offices in Atlanta, Georgia. Give the office a call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment to discuss your cardiovascular concerns with one of the doctors.

Cardiovascular Prevention Q & A

What conditions impact cardiovascular health?

High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes can increase the risk for cardiovascular problems. Conditions that affect the heart or blood vessels cause cardiovascular health problems, including:

  • Heart disease - blood circulation problems in the heart due to narrowing of the arteries
  • Stroke - caused a blocked blood vessel that bursts in the brain
  • Arrhythmia - irregular heartbeat
  • Heart failure - when the heart cannot keep up with the blood flow the body requires
  • Heart attack - when the coronary artery is blocked and blood flow to the heart is stopped

What are the risk factors for heart disease?

There are many factors that increase a person’s risk for heart disease and heart attack. The knowledgeable staff at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta can discuss risk factors with you and help you take steps to prevent heart disease. The more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance of developing heart disease or other cardiovascular problems. Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Age
  • Family history of cardiovascular problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes

If you have any of these conditions, it’s imperative to seek the care of a doctor to help manage these conditions if they develop.

Can cardiovascular problems be prevented?

Some risk factors for heart disease can be prevented through lifestyle changes. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising at a moderate-intensity level for at least 150 minutes each week, and quitting smoking can reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular problems.  

If you have high blood pressure, work with the doctors at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta to treat it and learn steps you can take to lower blood pressure. If you have diabetes, controlling blood sugar can reduce risks for cardiovascular problems.

What are the warning signs of a heart attack?

Heart attacks can be sudden and intense, but many heart attacks start slowly and provide warning signs. If you experience any of the following warning signs of a heart attack, call 911 or get to a hospital immediately:

  • Fullness, pain, pressure, or a squeezing sensation in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that keeps coming back
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain in one or both arms, back, stomach, neck, or jaw
  • Lightheadedness
  • Cold sweats with or without nausea

What causes heart attacks?

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. The most common cause of blood flow blockages is the buildup of plaque, which is fat and cholesterol, in coronary arteries.

When the buildup of plaque causes the arteries to split open, a blood clot forms and blocks blood from flowing to the heart. The lack of blood flow causes a heart attack. The amount of damage caused by a heart attack increases the longer the artery remains blocked as the lack of blood flow causes the heart muscles to die.

Maintaining cardiovascular health is important to your overall well being. AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta provides primary health care services that focus on prevention and early detection of cardiovascular problems. The practice is accepting new patients and walk-ins and same day appointments are available. Use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment with one of our cardiovascular specialists, or give the office a call.