Heart disease can strike anyone, but certain lifestyle habits and physical conditions can make you more susceptible to developing this serious disease. These include:
An unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle also increase your risk for heart disease. Much of Dr. McDonald’s role is to help you get control of these risk factors, so your risk decreases and your heart stays healthy.
At Care One Multispecialty, Dr. McDonald can help diagnose disorders of the heart as well as part of the circulatory system. She provides EKGs, or electrocardiograms, as well as echocardiograms, and stress tests. These can reveal congenital heart defects, heart failure, valvular heart disease, and coronary heart disease.
Dr. McDonald may recommend a stress test or EKG depending on your medical history and symptoms. People who are overweight, have high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, suffer from low stamina, or experience chest pain may be sent for immediate screening.
An EKG measures your heart’s electrical efficiency. The reading tells Dr. McDonald if the rhythms of your heart are normal, too fast, slow, or erratic.
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your heart. It allows Dr. McDonald to view the internal structure and see how the blood flows through it. This helps her verify if you have coronary artery disease, enlargement of the heart, or heart valve disorders.
A stress test helps Dr. McDonald diagnose heart disease. It shows her how your heart works while you’re under stress. During the test, you use a treadmill or pedal a stationary bike to increase the intensity of your heart function—the activity makes your heart beat faster and work harder. Electrodes attached to your chest give the technician a reading of your heart’s response. Dr. McDonald interprets this readout to determine the health of your heart.
A stress test reveals:
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