Western Mountain Medical Center PC

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Henderson, NV & Bullhead City, AZ

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with over 600,000 cardiovascular-related deaths each year. At Western Mountain Medical Center PC in Henderson, Nevada, Nabila Aslam, MD, ABIM, and her caring staff offer innovative diagnostic and treatment options to help you manage chronic heart disease. The team also provides resources, such as routine physicals and heart screenings, to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Learn more about in-office testing for heart disease by calling the Henderson office or using the online booking feature.

Cardiovascular Q & A

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease can refer to a number of conditions that involve your heart or the blood vessels that carry blood throughout your body. Common types of cardiovascular disease include:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart valve dysfunction

The staff at Western Mountain Medical Center PC are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease, with the goal of ensuring a long, healthy life.

What is heart failure?

Heart failure is a condition often referred to a congestive heart failure that involves dysfunction in the way your heart pumps blood.

While your heart continues to beat normally, its pumping output of blood isn’t what it should be. As a result, your body doesn’t get the proper blood flow and oxygen it needs to function correctly.

If not properly treated, heart failure can get worse and lead to serious medical complications.

What causes heart valve problems?

You may have dysfunction in your heart valves if they are too narrow and don’t allow blood to flow through the heart properly. This condition is known as stenosis.

In some cases, valves can leak, causing a strain on your heart as it has to work harder to circulate blood. Leaky valves can also allow blood to flow in two directions.

Valve problems can develop as you age or due to an underlying medical condition, such as infections.

How are cardiovascular problems diagnosed?

The Western Mountain Medical Center PC staff first discuss your medical history, family history, and any symptoms you have.

You also have access to convenient in-office heart tests, including electrocardiogram (EKG), ultrasounds, and blood tests. The staff may use one or more of these tests to get a closer look at your heart’s structure and functionality.

What treatment options are available for cardiovascular disease?

Initially, the staff at Western Mountain Medical Center PC may recommend lifestyle changes to improve your heart’s functionality and health. These changes may include incorporating a heart-healthy diet that limits your salt intake and ensures you’re eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables.

Exercise is also important for strengthening your heart muscle and improving blood circulation throughout your body.

For valve problems, congestive heart failure, and irregular heartbeat, the Western Mountain Medical Center PC staff may suggest medications with the goal of preventing a heart attack, stroke, or permanent heart damage.

Learn more about managing and preventing heart disease by calling the Henderson office or using the online booking tool.