Heart Disease Specialist

Sienna Wellness Institute

Podiatrists & Internists located in Lake Isabella, CA

More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease every year. At Sienna Wellness Institute & Sienna Podiatry in Lake Isabella, California, the team of doctors at Sienna Wellness offer expert management and treatment of different forms of heart disease. They specialize in treating coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease, by addressing root causes like high cholesterol. If you’d like to learn more about prevention and treatment of heart disease, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease refers to a host of conditions that affect the overall health of your heart. One of the most common forms of heart disease Dr. Spohn-Gross often treats is coronary artery disease. Other types of heart disease include heart rhythm problems, or arrhythmias, and heart defects you're born with, which are called congenital heart defects.

Most forms of heart disease involve the narrowing or blockage of vital blood vessels, which can lead to heart attacks, chest pain, or stroke. Some heart conditions can also impact the function of your heart’s muscles, valves, or rhythm (heartbeat).

Many forms of heart disease can be prevented, managed, or treated with lifestyle modifications, such as healthier diet and exercise.

What are symptoms of heart disease?

Common symptoms of heart disease may include:

  • Pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness or numbness in your limbs (due to narrowed blood vessels)
  • Neck pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Back pain

Symptoms of heart disease can be drastically different for men and women. Men are more likely to experience chest pain, while women are more likely to have symptoms like shortness of breath and severe fatigue.

In many cases, people aren’t diagnosed until after a heart attack or stroke. Therefore, it’s important to take any and all symptoms seriously and discuss your concerns about heart disease with Dr. Spohn-Gross.

What causes heart disease?

One of the most common causes of heart disease, particularly coronary artery disease, is high cholesterol. With this condition, there’s an overabundance of cholesterol, a fatty substance your body uses to make certain hormones, which clogs up your arteries.

Other common causes of heart disease may include:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Stress
  • Certain medications (like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, blood pressure medicine, diabetes medications, and antidepressants)

How do you manage and treat heart disease?

In order to diagnose heart disease, Dr. Spohn-Gross first evaluates your symptoms, discusses your medical history, and opts for diagnostic tests to confirm your condition. Besides blood tests and X-rays, she may recommend other more conclusive tests, such as MRIs, CT scans, or electrocardiograms (ECGs).

Managing and treating heart disease typically includes a combination of lifestyle modifications, prescribed medication, and medical procedures. In most cases, emphasis is placed on living a healthier lifestyle.

Changes such as adopting a low-fat, low-sodium diet, engaging in regular exercise, and quitting smoking can help prevent, manage, or vastly improve the severity of heart disease. This can help address root causes like high cholesterol.

If you’re concerned about your risk of developing heart disease, call or schedule an appointment online today.

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