Advanced Internal Medicine | Sycamore | Doctor Near Elgin

Heart Disease

Our cardiac rehabilitation programs and support groups help you get your strength back and prevent any complications.

What is Heart Disease and Hypertension?

Heart disease is characterized by a range of symptoms and underlying causes, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, and arrhythmias. These conditions can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life and overall health. Coronary artery disease is the most typical type of heart disease, and it occurs when the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart become narrow or blocked due to the buildup of plaque. This can lead to chest pain, also known as angina, and in severe cases, a heart attack. Preventing heart disease involves adopting a healthy lifestyle and managing risk factors.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is an illness that often coexists with heart disease. It often has no symptoms, yet it can significantly increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular complications. Our expert medics routinely measure blood pressure during check-ups using a blood pressure cuff and a stethoscope. Elevated blood pressure readings prompt further evaluation and monitoring. Once diagnosed, our doctors work closely with individuals to develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include lifestyle modifications, such as dietary changes and increased physical activity, as well as medications to control blood pressure. Preventing and diagnosing these conditions at our practice can be achieved by utilizing our range of services including health education, risk assessment, and personalized treatment plans.

By working closely with our cardiologists and other specialists, those struggling with heart disease or hypertension can take proactive steps towards maintaining a healthy heart and overall well-being.

Our Heart Disease and Hypertension Services Offered

Health Education:
Our physicians will provide information on heart-healthy habits such as maintaining a balanced diet, engaging in regular physical activity, quitting smoking, and managing stress.

Routine Care:
Our cardiologists also evaluate risk factors for heart disease. These risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, obesity, and a family history of heart disease. Medications such as statins can help lower cholesterol levels, while antihypertensive drugs can control high blood pressure. Other medications can reduce blood clotting. These medications are used in combination with lifestyle modifications to achieve optimal results. Through regular check-ups and screenings, our primary care providers can identify individuals at risk and develop personalized prevention plans.

Lifestyle Modifications:

  • Dietary Counseling
  • Exercise Programs

Monitoring and Diagnostic Services:

  • Regular Health Screenings
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • Electrocardiograms (ECGs or EKGs), stress tests, or echocardiograms.

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