Heart Health Specialist

National Healthcare Center -  - Urgent Care

National Healthcare Center

Urgent Care located in Stockbridge, GA & Atlanta, GA

Keeping your heart healthy could quite literally be something your life depends on. Unfortunately, many heart problems don’t cause noticeable symptoms until they reach an advanced stage, so regular heart health check-ups at National Healthcare Center in Stockbridge and Atlanta, Georgia, can be invaluable. As well as helping you make lifestyle changes to improve your heart health, the board-certified primary care specialists have access to state-of-the-art cardiac diagnostic testing facilities and use advanced treatments, including nonsurgical cardiac catheterization techniques. To find out more, call or book an appointment online today.

Heart Health Q & A

What can affect my heart health?

Some of the issues that can affect your heart health are ones you have no control over. Examples of these include genetic conditions and being born with a hole in your heart or other congenital heart problem.

However, many of the diseases that affect heart health are preventable because they arise from the choices you make in your life. The chief contributing factors to poor heart health include being overweight or obese, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, a diet high in fat and sugar, lack of exercise, and chronic stress.

These factors put excessive strain on your heart and cause problems like high cholesterol, which in turn leads to plaque buildup in your arteries. Plaque is a sticky, fatty substance that gradually makes the arteries narrow — a condition called atherosclerosis. Untreated atherosclerosis causes problems like coronary artery disease and can lead to heart attacks.

Other chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and connective tissue disorders can cause heart health problems, as can environmental toxins and infections that damage your heart.

What conditions can result from poor heart health?

In addition to atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease, there are many other possible heart problems you might develop. Some of the more common conditions include:

  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Heart attack
  • Arrhythmias
  • Heart failure
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Pericardial disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Aorta disease
  • Valvular heart disease

Heart health problems are responsible for more deaths in the United States each year than any other condition. Taking heart health seriously and seeing the team at National Healthcare Center regularly can help you avoid such devastating outcomes.

What are the symptoms of heart health problems?

Symptoms of heart health problems vary according to which type of heart disease you have, but some of the more typical symptoms include: 

  • Chest pain
  • Chest tightness 
  • Pressure in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lacking energy and tiring easily
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Tachycardia (racing heart)
  • Bradycardia (slow heartbeat)
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

If you’ve developed some of these symptoms, arrange a consultation at National Healthcare Center for a heart health check-up. If you have severe chest pain or are struggling to breathe, you should get emergency medical help.

How can I improve my heart health?

To start improving your heart health, you need to do something about your risk factors for heart disease. That could mean losing weight, getting more exercise, quitting smoking and drinking, managing your stress levels, and eating a more heart-friendly diet.

If the National Healthcare Center team finds any signs of heart disease at your check-up, you might need to take medication to improve blood flow through your heart.

The team also provides cutting-edge treatments for conditions like arrhythmia and uses nonsurgical techniques like cardiac catheterization to treat diseases such as atherosclerosis.

For expert heart health care, call National Healthcare Center or book an appointment online today.