Your risk of developing heart disease rises as you get older, but young adults aren't off the hook. Heart attacks in young adults increased by 2% every year between 2000 to 2016. Shantha Kumar, MD, and the team at Clear Choice Physicians have extensive experience diagnosing and treating all types of cardiovascular conditions. The team also offers preventive cardiology care, in-house diagnostics, interventional procedures, and personalized care for chronic heart disease. If you experience symptoms like chest pain or difficulty breathing, call the office in Mesa, Arizona, or book online today.
Most people seek cardiology care when they have symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or a racing or fluttering heartbeat. You may also need ongoing management of a previously diagnosed heart condition.
Clear Choice Physicians also provides preventive cardiology care, teaching people about their risk for heart disease and creating customized treatment plans to prevent heart problems.
Cardiovascular disease includes many diseases affecting your heart and blood vessels. A few of the most common conditions cardiology treats include:
CAD develops when cholesterol plaque accumulates in the arteries carrying oxygen-rich blood to your heart. Without treatment, the plaque enlarges, blocking the blood supply and leading to a heart attack.
PAD is a cholesterol buildup that can occur in any artery outside your heart. However, the problem most often affects arteries in your legs.
This disease develops when your heart muscles can't pump enough blood through your heart and out to your body.
The valves inside your heart can stop working properly, disrupting the normal blood flow through your heart.
An arrhythmia occurs when your heartbeat changes. Your heart may speed up, slow down, or beat irregularly.
Myocarditis refers to inflammation in the heart muscle.
Cardiomyopathy occurs when the heart muscles enlarge or get too rigid or thick.
Hypertension damages your blood vessels and raises your risk of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and chronic kidney disease.
High cholesterol contributes to the buildup of fatty plaque in your arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis causes coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, and renal artery stenosis.
Clear Choice Physicians provides comprehensive cardiology care. The team diagnoses and treats the full scope of cardiovascular conditions and offers specialized services, including:
In-house ultrasounds quickly diagnose nearly every cardiovascular condition. Echocardiograms, carotid ultrasounds, lower extremity Doppler, and arterial and venous ultrasound show the structure of your heart and blood vessels. They also show the movement of heart muscles and valves, as well as blood flowing through the heart and blood vessels.
Your provider also uses ultrasound to screen for abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Stress tests show how well your heart functions when forced to work harder. A nuclear stress test uses specialized imaging before and after your stress test to visualize blood flow through the heart and its pumping function.
You wear these portable devices, and they record your heartbeat for a day or longer, catching any irregular heartbeats.
Your provider gives you a simple device to wear while you sleep at home. The device provides information for diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea.
If you're on warfarin, you need ongoing monitoring and blood testing to protect your health and prevent potential side effects. The clinic gives you easy access to the care you need.
At this clinic, the team can download information from your pacemaker, reprogram the device, and manage heart issues that your pacemaker picks up.
The interventional cardiologists at Clear Choice Physicians specialize in minimally invasive procedures, using catheters guided through your blood vessels to diagnose and treat many problems. For example, they perform left heart catheterizations and peripheral angiograms.
If you have questions about your heart health and need cardiology care, call Clear Choice Physicians or book an appointment online today.