Heart Health Specialist

CHW Cares

Medical Center & Comprehensive Dentistry located in Washington Heights, New York, NY

Anyone living with a heart-related health problem like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a congenital heart defect can benefit from cardiology care. At New York City’s CHW Cares in Washington Heights, Manhattan, the team of expert primary care providers offers various heart health or cardiology services on-site, including diagnostic imaging, preventive screenings, and treatment of heart disease.

Heart health Q & A

What is cardiology?

Cardiology is a medical specialty that diagnoses and treats diseases and disorders of the heart and blood vessels. 

If you experience symptoms like shortness of breath, leg cramps, or a rapid heartbeat, don’t wait to make an appointment at CHW Cares. When caught early, heart-related health problems are much easier to treat.

How can cardiology improve my heart health?

The CHW Cares team uses cardiology to treat various diseases or disorders, including:

  • Atherosclerosis (build-up of fat in the arteries)
  • Atrial fibrillation (irregular or rapid heartbeat)
  • Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats)
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Pericarditis (inflammation of the pericardium, a part of your heart muscle)

You might also benefit from cardiology care if you suffer a heart attack, a stroke, or another life-threatening cardiovascular event.

Some people benefit from cardiology even if they don’t have obvious symptoms. That’s particularly true if you smoke, have diabetes, or plan to start a new exercise regimen.

What happens during a heart health appointment?

At CHW Cares, a cardiology appointment begins with a review of your health history and a discussion of your symptoms. Next, your provider conducts a  physical exam. During the exam, they weigh you, listen to your heart and respiratory rate, and take your blood pressure.

Depending on your age, medical history, and symptoms, they might also order additional tests like:

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An electrocardiogram uses special sensors to monitor the electrical activity of your heart. An ECG can diagnose common problems like an irregular heartbeat, a previous heart attack, or heart failure.

Exercise test

An exercise test compares the activity of your heart between rest and exercise. This type of assessment measures the performance and limitations of your heart muscle. 

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram uses high-frequency sound waves to take real-time images of your heart, valves, and surrounding structures. This type of test helps the team diagnose issues like inflammation of the heart (pericarditis) or to identify structural abnormalities. 

Cardiac catheterization

If the team suspects you have a blocked artery or blood vessel, they might recommend cardiac catheterization. 

During cardiac catheterization, your provider runs a thin, hollow tube (catheter) through your skin and into a blood vessel or chamber of the heart. The catheter collects data the team uses to make an official diagnosis.

Once the CHW Cares team makes a diagnosis, they develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs. Often, that includes a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medication, and activity modifications.

 

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