Cardiovascular Testing Specialist

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Alexandria

Primary Care Physicians located in Alexandria, VA

Cardiovascular disease affects about 92 million Americans and is one of the most common causes of death. Although that statistic is frightening, there’s encouraging news about cardiovascular disease: you can prevent it with your doctor’s help. You can also reverse cardiovascular disease in some cases, and even with serious cardiovascular disease, you can follow a customized recovery plan to improve life quality. The skilled medical team at AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia, is here to help you enjoy great health, free from cardiovascular disease and all its effects. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

Cardiovascular Testing Q & A

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease is actually a number of different conditions affecting the heart and brain, including:

  • Heart disease: usually occurs when plaque accumulates in your arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • Heart attack: when a blood clot blocks blood from your heart
  • Stroke: when a blood vessel blockage cuts blood supply to your brain, or when a blood vessel bursts inside your brain
  • Arrhythmia: irregular heartbeat
  • Heart valve disease: when heart valves don't open, close, or otherwise work properly

Cardiovascular disease can be very serious and even potentially fatal if you don’t get medical support and make some healthy changes.

What are the risk factors for cardiovascular disease?

There are a number of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, most of which you can control. The main risk factor that you can’t control is family history. If your parents both had heart disease before they turned 55, your risk for the same thing is 50% higher than those without that history. Also, older men and women have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

Even though you can’t control your family history or age, you can still get healthy to minimize your chances of developing cardiovascular disease. Part of this effort includes managing the risk factors that you can control, including:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Inactive lifestyle

Whether or not you have uncontrollable risk factors for cardiovascular disease, it’s important to manage the controllable ones. Your AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria care provider helps with a variety of customized support and treatments.

How is cardiovascular disease treated?

Cardiovascular disease treatment depends on the specific condition and how advanced it is. If you’ve suffered a stroke, heart attack, or other serious life-threatening cardiovascular condition, you may need surgery and rehabilitation along with lifestyle changes going forward.

Because surgery and rehab are often the only ways to recover from a heart attack or other serious cardiovascular disease, the focus today is on prevention. If you get the right preventive care now, you have the very best chance of avoiding serious and possibly deadly consequences. Your care provider can help with obesity treatment, dietary counseling, and other preventive care.

To take the first steps toward a healthy life free of cardiovascular disease and its ravaging effects, book your appointment at AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria online or by phone today.