Clover Internal Medicine Associates
Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Fort Worth, TX
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. While you can’t control every condition that increases your risk of heart disease, the team at Clover Internal Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas, takes a proactive preventive approach to heart disease and can help you take control of your heart health that may prevent the common condition. For a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.
What is heart disease?
Heart disease is a general medical term that refers to conditions that affect your heart and cardiovascular system. Some of these conditions include:
- Congenital heart defects
- Coronary artery disease
While you can’t control some causes of heart disease, making changes to your lifestyle may help prevent coronary artery disease, which is the narrowing or blocking of your blood vessels due to the buildup of plaque and the most common cause of heart disease. You may be at risk of coronary artery disease if it runs in your family, you’re a smoker, or you’re overweight or obese.
The team at Clover Internal Medicine takes a fresh approach to care and focus on prevention by utilizing various screening tools to identify risk factors for heart disease so you can make the necessary changes before serious complications such as a heart attack or stroke occur.
What tools are used to screen for heart disease?
Clover Internal Medicine takes a proactive approach to medical care to prevent the onset of chronic health issues such as heart disease. To help identify those at risk, the specialists use advanced screening tools, including:
- Elite physicals
- Ultrasound of the thoracic aorta and heart
- Blood lipid profile
- Regular blood pressure check
The team also looks for health conditions that increase your risk of heart disease, including diabetes and high blood pressure.
What can I do to prevent heart disease?
The team at Clover Internal Medicine focuses on preventive care when it comes to heart disease. Your specific plan may depend on what was discovered during your physical and health screening, as well as your medical history. In most cases, the team helps you make lifestyle changes to improve heart health, including:
- Healthy diet
- Regular exercise
- Smoking cessation
- Abstinence from alcohol
If you have an underlying health issue, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, the team provides more targeted care to manage the health issue to improve overall health, including the health of your heart. Treatment may include disease-specific medication, along with lifestyle modification.
Heart disease is common, but not inevitable. To get help from a team that takes a proactive approach to care, call Clover Internal Medicine today or request an appointment online.
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